10 Common Pregnancy Myths Busted
With all the pregnancy “advice” out there, it can be difficult to know what we should believe.
Firstly, it is important to remember that every pregnancy is different, and one should always follow the advice of your doctor above anything else.
The following information provided here also contains a number of links for you to investigate further.
Here are 10 pregnancy myths busted.
Myth #1: Cocoa butter prevents stretch marks. False
In fact using cocoa butter can make women's skin more sensitive, and some women have reported allergic reactions.
Despite a lot of products claiming stretch marks can be prevented, there's no scientific evidence that any product can actually keep the marks from showing up during pregnancy.
Myth #2: You can’t fly during your first or last trimester. False
Don't tell the airlines I told you this, but you can fly whenever you want.
The reason why some airlines won’t let you ON the plane during your last trimester, has a lot more to do with the fear of IF you go into labor, and IF they need to land the plane in an emergency. It's down to economics!
Myth #3: You cannot pet your cat during pregnancy. False
It is safe to pet your cat during this time. However you should not change your cat’s litter box during pregnancy because of the risk of toxoplasmosis from the dookies.
Myth #4: You shouldn’t eat smoked salmon while pregnant. False
Salmon is good for mothers-to-be; it’s high in omega-3 fatty acids like DHA
Remember Salmon is a fresh water fish so the actual risk of mercury is very low.
Besides that, studies have shown a wonderful variety of benefits for pregnant women and their fetuses because of eating salmon.
Myth #5: You can’t eat sushi. False
Have you heard this rumor?
In fact Sushi is permissible except for shark, tilefish, mackerel and swordfish. Plus do not eat too much tuna — no more than 12. oz (which is about two maki, or rolls) per week.
You can still have other ‘safe options' when eating Sushi, such as smoked salmon, which is totally fine.
Myth #6: No hot dogs This is false too
Hot dogs are fine to eat, provided they are well-cooked. It is important not to have any under-cooked meat whatsoever.
Myth #7: Pregnant women should keep away from polished furniture. False
Have you heard this one before? I hadn't. Anyway, polished furniture is really safe and okay.
Myth #8: Eat three healthy meals a day
False. You should be eating six to seven small meals (every two to three hours)
Eating frequently and from various food groups will keep your blood sugar in a constant range, which is healthy for you and your baby
Myth #9: It's okay to have a drink
According to Mary Jane Minkin, MD, a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Yale University School of Medicine and coauthor of A Woman's Guide to Sexual Health says “One glass of wine isn't going to hurt the baby,” Providing it is ONLY one glass!
The problem arises when you have too many glasses, which is a big no no!
Myth #10: Skip the gym
False! Actually, many doctors talk about exercising a lot, and providing you stick to ‘low-impact' workouts and not do anything sporty.
Make sure you avoid physical sports or exercises on your back!
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