With so many pregnancy resources on the market, it can become difficult to know which information to trust. For example, you can come across a website or blog article that claims fish is a highly beneficial food for expectant mothers to eat, while another book or site has it blacklisted altogether. Well, worry not! In this article we’re going to break down some of the most common pregnancy myths.
Let’s start by addressing the example above: fish. Although it is true that some types of fish contain high levels of mercury (shark, bigeye tuna, swordfish, and any kind of raw fish) and should be largely avoided, it is also true that other kinds of fish, like salmon, are a good, healthy source of protein for expectant mothers. In fact, studies show that Omega-3 fatty acids have a positive effect not only on your pregnancy but also on your child’s visual and cognitive development.
Along with dietary concerns, many women hear that exercise is dangerous while pregnant. This simply is not true. Unless your pregnancy is considered a high-risk situation, it is important that regular exercise be a top priority in your weekly routine. Furthermore, it is important to regulate your weight gain. Though you may feel more hungry while pregnant, the idea of “eating for two” is another pregnancy myth. In fact, it is recommended that pregnant women eat about 300 extra calories than what they were consuming pre-pregnancy and gain no more than 30 lbs. Other common food myths include that women who are expecting should eat 3 large meals a day. This is simply not true. Rather, pregnant women should eat 5-6 smaller meals a day, as this can help prevent heartburn, nausea, and indigestion.
Another widespread rumor is that the way a pregnant woman carries can indicate the gender of her babies. Unfortunately, this is false, as carrying does not have any clear link to accurate gender prediction. Furthermore, some may try to argue that certain home remedies, like cocoa butter, can prevent the stretch marks that will occur from carrying. Again, this is unfortunately not true. Stretch marks are more dependent on skin elasticity, which relies on genetic/hereditary factors. Some women’s skin may have great elasticity while others may not.
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