Let’s debunk some #pregnancy myths!
1. You can tell the baby’s gender by the fetal heart rate.
While this is a commonly held belief, there is no validity to it. I do suppose you have a 50% chance of being right though. 😉
2. You should avoid massages in pregnancy.
No way. #Massage is a great way to relieve aches and pains of pregnancy. It is safe in all trimesters However, you will be transitioned to your side to accommodate your growing belly and avoid the issue of lying flat on your back.
3. Speaking of lying on your back.
You can. Up to a point. Somewhere beyond 20 weeks, the uterus will be large enough to put pressure on your major blood vessels. This decreases blood flow to and from your heart, and it will make you feel bad. Until then, sleep however you are comfortable. And if you wake up on your back, roll over and go back to that precious sleep. You will need it.
4. Moisturizers will prevent stretch marks.
Save your money.
Moisturizers will help soothe skin, but it won’t keep those stretch marks from popping up. You can thank your own genes for those badges of honor. So what can you do to help? Avoid excessive weight gain.
Which leads me to my next myth.
5. You are eating for two.
I guess that one is technically true, but you only need an extra 300 calories a day to grow a human. Isn’t your body amazing?!
6. You should not exercise in pregnancy.
With few high risk exceptions, exercise is safe. If you were doing it before pregnancy, you can continue. You can even start low intensity workouts if you haven’t been active. It will help you maintain strength and a healthier pregnancy. It may even decrease your risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and C-section.
7. Forget the fish.
Actually, we recommend 2-3 servings of a variety of fish a week. Just steer clear of the fish with high mercury content like swordfish, shark and some tuna. Sushi craving? May not be a problem if you have a trusted source. Definitely skip the gas station selections.
8. Say goodbye to your morning coffee.
Studies show no increase in miscarriage or preterm birth with caffeine intake of 200mg or less a day.
So enjoy your cup of joe guilt free.
What myths have you heard?