On today’s blog, I thought I’d share a few pregnancy myths that you may or may not have heard of before. These myths have been passed along to pregnant women in recent years but evidence shows they’re not true. Read along to see if these sound familiar and don’t be shy to share some of yours in the comments section below!
Myth #1: Cheese
Some of you may have heard that you can’t eat cheese when you’re pregnant, but that’s for sure not true. It’s the soft, unpasteurized cheeses such as brie, goat and feta that may carry food-borne illnesses that pregnant women need to avoid. Luckily, major grocery stores usually carry these soft cheeses in pasteurized forms because they have a longer shelf life. Just read the labels before buying, it should be clear whether or not it is pasteurized.
Myth #2: Obsessed with our bellies.
People tend to believe that pregnant women love to be reminded how big or small their bellies are … Nope, No, Nadda. I’ll write another blog about this in the near future, but for now, just remember that you don’t need to acknowledge a pregnant woman’s belly. They are fully aware that their bodies are changing, inside and out. After all, they are growing tiny humans, so the belly inevitably needs to grow. She doesn’t need to be reminded every time you see her!
Myth #3: Stop the exercise!
This is a complete myth. Exercising during pregnancy is absolutely recommended, safe and beneficial for both mama and baby. So long as you don’t have complications, you can even continue doing the same exercises as you did before. As pregnancy progresses, you’ll want to modify certain exercises in order to protect the growing belly and the core/pelvic floor. Consulting with an exercise specialist is always recommended if you have any questions.
Myth #4: Eating for two.
If you’ve been pregnant before, how many times have you heard this at a family dinner? This is an old myth that hopefully will no longer be shared very soon! Did you know that women in their first trimester of pregnancy generally don’t require additional calories? In the second trimester the caloric demand increases to about 340 calories and will increase slightly to 450 calories in the third trimester. What’s important to remember is not necessarily the quantity of the calories you consume, but the quality. Try to fuel your body with nutrient dense foods. I suggest consulting with a dietitian if you have questions regarding nutrition during pregnancy.
Myth #5: Sex will hurt the baby.
There is no danger to the baby when you’re having sex. He or she is floating in lots of amniotic fluid, cozily cocooned in your uterus. Additionally, the closed cervix acts as a wall between the baby and the vagina. Unless you have been advised otherwise by your doctor, sex is harmless, and for some lucky women, it is more enjoyable than before due to the increased blood flow to the pelvic area. If you have any concerns regarding intercourse, I suggest discussing with your doctor at your next appointment.
Myth #6: Happy train!
You’re pregnant, so you must be rejoicing in happiness, joy, and positive energy, right? It’s important to note that pregnancy is not generic in any way or similar for everyone other than the fact that a human, or multiple for that case, are growing inside of a woman’s uterus. Pregnancy is a beautiful journey, however it can be felt differently for each woman. A woman can feel excited, happy, positive, and inspired one moment to feeling depressed, stressed, anxious, and scared the next moment. Every pregnant woman has her own personal experience and journey. It’s important to be aware of how we perceive what a pregnant woman’s journey “should” be versus what IT IS for HER.
Myth #7: Bye bye coffee.
Fortunately for you coffee lovers, this is a myth. While high caffeine consumption can increase risks associated to pregnancy (and even conception), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends limiting consumption during pregnancy to 200 milligrams. This is the equivalent of 12 ounces or two cups of caffeinated coffee per day. Keep in mind that caffeine levels vary from brand to brand and roast to roast. If you want to indulge in your cup of coffee but you’re not sure of the caffeine levels in your beans, you can ask your favorite coffee shop or call the coffee company directly for more precise information.
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