Can you think of the top strangest myths about pregnancy you’ve heard during your lifetime?
Maybe you’ve read about them over the Internet.
Maybe friends or colleagues shared them with you.
Pregnant women are told by everyone around them what to avoid, what to eat, and how to exercize.
So who has the real answers?
The amount of astonishing stories about pregnancy are somewhat alarming.
If you’re not sure about nutrition, fitness, and overall wellbeing during pregnancy, consult a professional.
Your gynecologist or general practitioner is your best bet.
Keep in mind that you are an individual, and that your body and genes are like no one else’s.
That being said, here are the top 10 strangest myths we’ve heard:
Pregnancy Myth 1: You can’t fly during pregnancy, especially during the first or third trimester.
This is false. Of course you can fly whenever you want. The only reason a certain airline may not let you on board in your last trimester is out of fear that you’ll go into labor. That would cause a problem!
Pregnancy Myth 2: You shouldn’t eat smoked salmon while pregnant.
Not true! Salmon, as most fish, beneficial for moms-to-be. It’s high in omega-3 fatty acids, which studies show have a variety of benefits for pregnant women and their babies. Salmon in particular is a fresh water fish, so the likelihood of mercury poisoning is lower than most other fish.
Pregnancy Myth 3: Dying your hair is harmful for your baby.
Dying your hair can do no harm to your fetus. Where did that one come from?
Pregnancy Myth 4: Walking makes labor go faster.
Nope. Walking is a great form of moderate exercize that you should practice every day if you can. However, walking will not make your labor go faster. It will only keep you feeling great.
Pregnancy Myth 5: During pregnancy you should take no medications whatsoever.
We are all about natural remedies and prevention of taking drugs if it’s possible (our post on natural remedies for morning sickness). However, it is true that many medications can still be used during pregnancy. Some medications and nutritional supplements should be avoided during pregnancy and for this it’s extremely important to consult your doctor. Find out what to avoid here.
Pregnancy Myth 6: You shouldn’t get a flu shot while pregnant.
Actually, a flu shot is more important for pregnant women than for non-pregnant women. According to the National Institutes of Health: “The flu can cause severe illness and pregnancy problems for mom! It can increase the risk of potentially serious health problems for baby. Getting a flu shot during pregnancy is a safe and effective way to protect yourself and your baby.” Read more here and get ready for the winter, mom-to-be!
Pregnancy Myth 7: Pregnant women need to eat for two.
Of course not! Pregnant women need only about 300 extra calories per day. Don’t let yourself become mislead by these lies. Gaining too much weight can only make your pregnancy more difficult for you. Your baby’s health can also be affected in the long term.
Pregnancy Myth 8: Drinking alcohol is OK during pregnancy if in moderation.
Neither true, nor confirmed! There’s no known safe level of alcohol intake during pregnancy, and by drinking it you are risking your baby’s growth and organ development defected. Avoid drinking it and you’ll be just fine.
Pregnancy Myth 9: Children don’t become overweight because of anything that happened during pregnancy.
Nope. In reality, women who gain more than the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy have four times the risk of having an overweight child! This can cause big problems for the child during adolescence. Eating normally (seasonal, unprocessed, and variety foods) is the key – as always.
Pregnancy Myth 10: Having sex during pregnancy can hurt your baby
Most doctors will encourage your sexual activity with your partner. This is healthy and safe in most cases, unless the pregnancy is atypical and your placenta is positioned differently than usual, or in the case of a high risk of preterm birth.
Questions? Comments? Any other pregnancy myths you’ve heard?
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