10 Pregnancy Myths Busted
- Morning sickness only affects you in the morning
While for a majority of pregnant women morning sickness does mostly occur in the morning. However nausea and vomiting aka morning sickness can happen at any time of the day, morning sickness is caused by the rising level of hormones that our body experiences when pregnant.
- Do not eat cheese
Hold up! Ladies, you don't need to avoid all types of cheese. You can eat hard cheeses like cheddar, parmesan and swiss because they have been pasteurised. The cheeses that you do need to avoid when pregnant are soft cheeses that are unpasteurised like Brie, Camembert, goats cheese. Soft cheese can carry a form of bacteria called Listeria which can harm your unborn baby.
- No more working out
Don’t believe this one ladies, working out is still totally fine as long as you are doing low intensity or low impact workouts. Although always please check with your healthcare provider if it is okay to workout, all women and pregnancies are different and so while it may be okay for one person to continue working out it may not be for another. If you have been given the OK to workout while pregnant then that’s great because it turns out exercise is one way to help minimise all those pregnancy aches and pains. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) suggests that expecting mums get at least 30 minutes or more of exercise per day. Exercising will boost your mood, help with those pesky pregnancy symptoms and be beneficial for your unborn baby too....so lace up those sneakers and get moving.
- You can now eat for two
Sounds great doesn’t it - but you actually only need an extra 300 calories a day when pregnant. While your body is using up extra energy and nutrients to grow a baby you really don’t need to double your food intake. In the first trimester it is best to eat normally and then during the second and third trimester you will need about 200-300 extra calories. Try to remember everything in moderation and make sure you maintain a healthy diet for yourself and bubs.
- Use this cream or oil and avoid getting stretch marks.
You’re growing a baby inside of you, your body and bump is growing and stretching. It’s a part of pregnancy and is totally normal. There is no need to go out and buy expensive creams, oils and lotions to lather on your belly to avoid stretch marks. Just ensure your skin is moistourised throughout your pregnancy, coconut oil is an inexpensive good moisturiser that will work and also ensure that you are well hydrated so keep up your water intake.
- You can predict the sex of your baby
Look, we have all heard “oooh you must be having a boy because your bump is shaped like this” or “oh you’re glowing it must be a girl”. People predicting the sex of your baby by looking at the shape of your bump or the size of your bump, what foods you’re craving, how you’re carrying, how old you are, how fast your hair grows is not an actual science. Most of these predictions based on the above are simply old wives tales, while it is fun to play along there really is no scientific research that proves any of these ways to be accurate, rather a simple guess in the dark. If you really want to know the sex of your baby before he or she is born is to simply have an ultrasound to determine if you’re having a boy or girl.
- Pregnancy is roses, and butterflies and all things nice
For some women sure pregnancy is the best experience and they are pretty much walking on cloud nine throughout their entire pregnancy journey. However it is not like this for everyone. Yes pregnancy is wonderful and miraculous and it should be celebrated however there are a lot of other not so fun physical symptoms and emotions that come with being pregnant that not many women want to tell you about. Pregnancy can be overwhelming, daunting, filled with anxiety of the unknown and stressful. I am pretty sure the majority of expecting mums experience these feelings and it is totally normal. Pregnancy has its wonderful moments and it's not so great moments and you should prepare yourself for both, because it sure is a rollercoaster of a journey.
- If you get sick while pregnant you will just have to suffer
You don’t have to suffer if you get sick during pregnancy, a lot of women believe that if they do get sick then there is nothing that they can take for their headache, sore throat or colds. This is not true, there are many medications that are suitable to take while you are pregnant. So if you do happen to get sick then please see your doctor or pharmacist who will be able to guide you in the direction of suitable medications to take to help ease any symptoms that you may have.
- Heartburn means my baby will be born with lots of hair
This one is a tricky one, while I don’t believe that heartburn necessarily means that your baby will be born with luscious locks of hair. However in saying that the hormone estrogen that is released when you have heartburn is the hormone that causes hair growth in babies. Heartburn usually occurs in the third trimester and is due to estrogen causing the esophageal sphincter to relax, this in turn allows stomach acid to move up into the esophagus giving you heartburn.
- I need to give my cat away
This one is not entirely true, while you can still enjoy cuddles from your furry friend. You should avoid contact with their kitty litter and faeces as it could contain toxins that could cross the placenta and harm your unborn baby. Also always ensure you wash your hands thoroughly after touching any animals or pets.