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10 Pregnancy Myths By a Specialist

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  80 feet road indira nagar, Bengaluru     Feb 11, 2017

   5 min     



Pregnancy is one of the most exceptional experiences for a woman. But, at the same time, it can get very tedious to deal with all the information or misinformation an expecting mother is bombarded with. 

When you're expecting, there are a lot of dos and don'ts to remember. What foods are you allowed to eat? What should you stay away from? What hobbies are appropriate for you and your growing baby?

While there is a wealth of good information available, many myths are either misleading or simply wrong.

Bursting myths is very important for an expecting mother to have a healthy pregnancy. Here's a list of myths to be aware of:

1. You cannot travel on a flight

Yes, indeed, you can fly in any trimester of pregnancy. Still, airlines limit the weeks of travel as they are worried about labor during the journey in the last trimester, which will cause concern and inconvenience.

2. You must eat for two people

Hate to break it to you, but there is no such thing as eating for two during pregnancy. For the first six months, your kid will obtain all they require from you without you having to consume any more calories. Once you reach the third trimester, you may need an additional 200 calories per day (on top of the 2,000 recommended daily).

3. It's unsafe to take a bath while pregnant

Because this one is busted, feel free to light those candles and pull out the bath bombs.

While elevating your core body temperature above 101°F during pregnancy, especially in the first trimester, might cause birth abnormalities, there's little risk if you're merely resting in a warm bath.

This is because bath water is usually comfortable rather than searing hot like in a hot tub. Baths can also help with aches and pains that arise as your pregnancy progresses.

If you're worried, keep an eye on the water temperature and ensure you're not completely submerged.

4. Stretch mark prevention is possible with creams and serums

While some creams can help stretch marks erase more quickly once they've appeared, no cream can prevent stretch marks from forming if they're in your genetic makeup. On the other hand, moisturising your skin can help it stay supple and recuperate faster. If you're worried about stretch marks, the best thing you can do is apply a toxin-free moisturiser three times a day throughout your pregnancy. This will maintain your skin supple and elasticity and better adapt to stretch during and after pregnancy. While shea butter, cocoa butter, and other similar creams can help to reduce stretch marks, speak with your doctor about the best skin care alternatives for you.

5. When you're pregnant, you shouldn't colour your hair

While it's a good idea to limit your exposure to chemicals while you're pregnant, research reveals that hair dye is completely safe.

Permanent and semi-permanent hair dyes contain low levels of toxins, and it's crucial to remember that the skin absorbs only a tiny quantity.

6. Don't drink diet soda during pregnancy

According to the FDA, the most popular sweeteners, including those in diet sodas, are safe to consume in moderation during pregnancy. Aspartame (NutraSweet and Equal), sucralose (Splenda), saccharin (Sweet'N Low), acesulfame potassium and neotame are all examples of artificial sweeteners. The exception is saccharin. It should be avoided during pregnancy.

7. You can't have cats around if you're expecting a child

This is excellent news if you like cats or have them. Contact with cats, according to studies, does not enhance your chance of contracting toxoplasmosis (an infection that can affect unborn babies). If you were infected with toxoplasmosis before becoming pregnant, your immunity would protect your unborn kid. If you're pregnant, though, stay away from cat litter since the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis prefers to live in cat faeces. Avoid stray cats, have your litter box changed regularly, keep your pets indoors, and avoid getting additional cats while you're pregnant. If you have a garden, wear gloves when working in topsoil or sand because it could be contaminated with cat excrement. If you forget and tend to your garden without gloves, wash your hands well for at least 20 seconds with wash water and soap.

8. During pregnancy, you can determine the gender of the baby

You've been told a myth if you were meant to examine the baby's position in your tummy, hold a wedding ring over your abdomen, see which way it turns, or gauge the sex based on how active the baby is. None of these methods can predict your child's sex. On the other hand, an ultrasound can provide you with physical images of the baby to aid you and your doctor in determining the gender.

However, this pregnant myth is amusing, so play it as a game at your baby shower rather than an actual prediction of your baby's gender.

9. Not exercising during pregnancy

Staying active while pregnant is healthy for both you and your baby. It's risk-free and beneficial to your health. As long as there are no difficulties with your pregnancy, you can continue to exercise as you did before becoming pregnant (with a few unusual exceptions).

Start with modest activity, such as walking, and work your way up if you weren't particularly active before becoming pregnant.

10.While pregnant, a glass or two of alcohol is permissible

While we're used to hearing that pregnant women shouldn't drink, a recent misconception said the exact opposite. In reality, there is no evidence to support this fallacy, and consuming too much can lead to maternal weight increase and child obesity. 

Instead, there has been a notion that it is OK to drink a glass of wine while pregnant in recent years. Unfortunately, because every woman is different and metabolises alcohol differently, there is no safe alcohol consumption recommendation that protects against potential overuse and foetal injury. It's also not a good idea to drink while breastfeeding because alcohol can enter into breast milk.

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