If you are a new mom then you might have gone through a plethora of advice about pregnancy myths and facts. Among them, some information about pregnancy can be helpful as the one from your healthcare professionals. Most of your pregnancy advice is like finding the gender of your baby and the symptoms you go through during your pregnancy period.
We know right now a lot of questions will be running in your mind and here we have gathered the top 10 myths and the truth behind them.
- Pregnant women should not get stressed
Stress and anxiety during pregnancy can affect the fetus, but it is not the case. Researchers say that a moderate level of stress during pregnancy is actually good for the fetus. Moderate levels of stress tones the fetus’s nervous system that accelerate the infant’s brain development.
- Heartburn means the baby has a lot of hair
Heartburn during pregnancy is the most common myth. But there is no common evidence that proves whether it is true. Some researchers suggest that it might be due to the hormone that has a connection with hair growth.
- Twin pregnancies are rare
If you have thought that twin pregnancy is rare, then you are absolutely wrong. Nowadays twin pregnancy is common. 33 out of 1000 births in the United States are twin pregnancies.
- One can predict the gender of the baby
Many people propose that the gender/ sex of the baby can be predicted with the shape of the woman’s belly, with early signs of pregnancy, or from the radiant glow on her face. But none of these techniques have worked out to indicate the accurate sex of the baby.
- Women should avoid exercise while pregnancy
Most gynecologists suggest pregnant women engage themselves in mild exercise during pregnancy. It will keep both child and mother active during pregnancy. If your pregnancy has complications then you must avoid exercise and if you are not active with exercise before pregnancy then you must consult your doctor before undergoing mild exercise.
- Morning sickness occurs only in the morning
Pregnancy sickness mostly occurs right after you wake up in the morning. That doesn’t mean morning sickness occurs only in the morning. It can happen anytime during the day.
- Certain foods can cause allergy to the fetus
People often add nuts and milk under the category of allergic foods to pregnant women but it is not the case. As long as you are not allergic to these foods you can intake them. However, raw meat, seafood, and other foods are prohibited for pregnant women for health reasons.
- Pregnant women is prohibited from drinking coffee
Pregnant women have a cup of coffee each day to keep themselves fresh and active. But if you limit your intake of caffeine to 200mg or less then it does not cause any effects on the fetus. Consuming more caffeine will cause premature labor and birth defects in babies.
- Cats are off-limit for pregnant women
Most women avoid their contact with cats as it might cause infection to them and the baby. It is due to the fact that cat feces carry toxoplasmosis, a harmful disease. As long as you follow safety precautions you are not in danger.
- Women should avoid sex during pregnancy
Sex has no negative effects on pregnancy, until or unless you are suffering from complications. Previous research suggests that sex during pregnancy does not increase the risk of preterm labor. But if you are undergoing certain complications in your pregnancy then you must consult your doctor about it.
When it comes to pregnancy, a plethora of myths and facts will surround you. Some of them will have correct information while some don’t. So before taking out any actions regarding your health, diet, and lifestyle, consult your doctor or health professionals.