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Common Pregnancy Myths

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Common Pregnancy Myths

Common Pregnancy Myths

First of all, congratulations to all mothers, mothers-to-be, and all who have taken up mum roles. If you are pregnant, you might get a lot of advice right, left and center from different people. This has probably gotten you in limbo wondering what to take and what to leave.

In regards to this, here are some of the pregnancy myths you should learn about.

  1. I should be “eating for two” while pregnant

There is no evidence to show that you need to eat for 2 when you’re pregnant. How much extra you need to eat depends on your weight and height, how active you are and how far into your pregnancy you are.

But, in general, most women should only eat about 350 to 450 additional calories per day while pregnant. That’s a couple of extra healthy snacks like fruit, a hard-boiled egg, or a berry smoothie. Overeating is bad for both you and your baby. Just eat a healthy balanced diet.

  1. Morning sickness only happens in the morning

Nausea (and/or vomiting) during pregnancy can occur at any time of day, due to changes in your hormones. For most women, it’s more common in the morning and begins to improve after 3 months. But for some women, it’s different.

  1. My heartburn means my baby has lots of hair

One small research study showed there might be a connection between having heartburn in pregnancy and the thickness of your baby’s hair. However, heartburn is quite common in pregnancy.

Common Pregnancy Myths

  1. You should not travel while pregnant

It’s usually OK to fly or take car trips while you’re expecting.

Before you make travel plans, keep in mind that you’ll likely feel more comfortable traveling during the middle of your pregnancy. This is usually between 14 to 28 weeks. You’ll be less likely to suffer from morning sickness. Still, you won’t be so large that you have trouble getting around.

When traveling by car, limit the drive to no more than 5 to 6 hours. Most airlines restrict travel in the last weeks of pregnancy. When driving or flying, be sure to walk and stretch every couple of hours. You should also drink enough water to stay hydrated.

And skip the hot tub and the rollercoaster. Hot tubs can raise your body temperature too high. The sudden starts and stops of theme park rides could raise your risk for placenta problems.

  1. You shouldn’t exercise while pregnant

Exercise is good for you and your baby. But you may need to make a few modifications. Aerobic and strength-training exercises are recommended as long as you don’t have any complications or health issues.

Exercise helps you stay in shape. It can also help ease pain and prepare you for childbirth.

Check with your healthcare provider before you start a fitness program. Ask about how often, how much, and how hard you can exercise. Also, ask for tips on safe exercise during pregnancy.

Felicity Gitonga

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