7 Common Misconceptions About Pregnancy
As expectant moms, it is not surprising to receive so much advice on what and what not to do during your pregnancy. You may have come across some tips and warnings from books, magazines, and websites. And chances are, some of them are pure myths. Let’s look at some of the most common myths about pregnancy that you might have already heard of.
You Should Be Eating for Two
You will have food cravings – that is true, but it doesn’t mean that you should eat excessively. Pregnancy heightens the daily nutritional requirement, particularly on micronutrients and macronutrients. Knowing what and how much to eat is the key to satisfying your body’s nutritional needs during pregnancy.
Micronutrients, like vitamins and minerals, are essential for protection against disease. They are also important for proper functioning of every system in our body. However, they are only required in small amounts. Macronutrients such as proteins, carbohydrates, and unsaturated fats provide energy and calories and pregnant women need only about 300 more calories per day.
Taking in more than what is ideal increases your risk to certain health issues. Some of these health problems are gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. An overweight mother is likely to give birth to a very large baby, usually through cesarean, while being underweight during pregnancy can lead to low birth rate, premature delivery, learning disabilities, and other health complications.
It’s Okay to Drink Alcohol
There is no safe amount or safe time to drink during pregnancy. When you drink, alcohol passes through the umbilical cord to the baby. You don’t want an intoxicated baby inside your tummy, do you? Also, drinking alcohol can expose you and the baby to risks like miscarriage and stillbirth. This can also result in other alcohol-related disabilities specifically, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
You Should Not Eat Fish
Pregnant women are usually warned not to eat fish to limit chances of mercury exposure. Mercury can cause neurological problems and increase cancer risk. But this is not to say that moms-to-be should cut fish from their diet. Fish is rich in vital nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, and iron. These are essential to a healthy pregnancy and child development. Eating in moderation and with the right variety ensures you get the nutritional benefits during pregnancy.
You Should Not Exercise
You might be doing yourself more harm than good by being sedentary during pregnancy. Proper exercise has incredible health benefits during pregnancy and after you gave birth. You are likely to have fewer pregnancy complications and speedy post-delivery recovery. Consult with an expert for proper guidance about your ideal exercise regimen.
You Should Not Drink Coffee
It is fairly safe to drink coffee daily during pregnancy but make sure to consume it in moderation. Consumption of less than 200 mg a day isn’t likely to cause miscarriage or premature birth. But more than 200 mg a day may contribute to risks of low birth weight.
You Should Not Eat Spicy Food
Pregnancy should not deter you from eating your favorite spicy dishes. Contrary to some perception, spicy foods will not stimulate labor or cause miscarriage. Watch out though for aggravated morning sickness and heartburn. If this happens, then you may cut down on your spicy food intake.
You Should Not Have Sex
Couples should not stop from having sex because of pregnancy sex myths. Unless you have a high-risk pregnancy, sex should not cause harm to the baby or induce labor.
It is but normal to be cautious of the things we do or eat when we are carrying our precious little ones. Nowadays, there are lots of ways to enjoy a safe pregnancy with the help of modern apps and devices; we can now monitor our baby’s heart rate or even maintain a healthy pregnancy diet through various app-supported pregnancy essentials. What’s important is that we weigh the benefits and risks of trusting on these common beliefs. Your doctor should be the best person to seek advice on what will be good both for you and your baby.