Overwhelmed by the incessant tips coming from people you know and even the ones you don’t know? Welcome to motherhood! While this is going to happen a lot, it’s important for you to take everyone’s advice with a pinch of salt, because in the end, only what your doctor says holds most importance- and is what you must follow.
We’re here to bust some of the common pregnancy myths:
Myth #1 Every Pregnant Woman Experiences The Classic Pregnancy Symptoms
Everyone’s pregnancy journey is different! Common symptoms like fatigue, nausea, morning sickness, dizziness etc may not be in the cards for you- and that’s completely normal! Some may have it for 9 months straight and others may not even realise they’re pregnant until many weeks in!
Myth #2 Eat For 2
According to research, women who gain more than the recommended amount of weight during pregnancy have four times the risk of having an overweight child. Hence it’s important to not go overboard. Even though you have a tiny human growing inside you, your calorie intake should only increase by 300 starting from the second trimester
Myth #3 Say Goodbye to Exercise
Says no doctor ever! However, it is important to consult with your medical care provider about your exercise regime as soon as you find out you’re pregnant. Light Jog or Exercises which don’t involve lying on your back or lifting really heavy weights are in fact highly beneficial. In the third trimester however, you will have to speak to your doctor again in case there are any new rules to follow.
Myth #4 No Kind of Stress is Good
New research suggests that moderate level of stress could be beneficial for the baby’s motor and cognitive development. However consistent high level of stress could have more serious implications, hence it’s always better to consult your doctor for the same.
Myth #5 Avoid All Kinds of Sweets
While large quantities of refined sugar is of course a big no-no, there’s one sweet that makes an exception, when consumed in moderate quantity- Chocolate! A study reported that pregnant women who consume chocolate are at a 40% lower risk of developing preeclampsia and their babies show less fear and smile and laugh more often at 6 months of age
Myth #6 The Foetus Is Not Affected By What’s Happening On The Outside
Everything that you go through, your baby goes through. The air you breathe, the food you consume, the chemicals you’re exposed to; everything has an impact on your baby. That’s why it’s important to take as many precautious as possible. For example- drinking and smoking should be avoided at all costs, minimal use of plastic products, etc
Myth #7 Avoid Driving & Wearing Seatbelt
Pregnancy is a beautiful and different experience, but should be treated as a part of your regular life. It’s not good to stop everything during pregnancy, especially things which have no scientific backing. Wearing a seatbelt during car journeys is crucial and has no impact on your baby. If anything, it protects you and your little one. The same rule applies when you’re driving- As long as you’re confident and wear a seatbelt, there shouldn’t be a problem.
Do share some of the funny tips you received during your pregnancy journey and how you busted them!