Top 10 of Most Popular Pregnancy Myths

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Myth #1: You can’t eat chocolate

Eating chocolate in moderation during pregnancy is perfectly fine and safe. In fact, scientist says that pregnant women who consumed chocolate daily during pregnancy showed markedly better improvement in foetal blood flow than the expected.


Myth #2: Dying your hair can be harmful for your baby

NO, when you dye your hair the amount of chemicals absorbed into your skin during the process of dye application is so nominal it has no known effect on your baby.


Myth #3: You should eat for two

False. Being pregnant only requires another 300 calories a day, eating too many calories is bad for both you and your growing baby. If you put on too much weight during pregnancy, you increase your risk of gestational diabetes, backaches, high blood pressure, and needing a cesarean birth because your baby is very large.


Myth #4: No coffee while pregnant

You can still enjoy a cup of coffee during your pregnancy but don’t overdo it, NHS recommends a limit of 200mg of caffeine a day, consuming more than that might put you at risk for preterm labor or miscarriage.


Myth #5: No sex during pregnancy

While most doctors may advise you to stay off sex during the first three months, they all agree that during the second and third trimesters it is pretty much safe. Fetuses are protected by layers of tissues, and cannot be harmed by intercourse.


Myth #6: You should stay away from your pet

It is not true. But, you should not change your pets litter box as it can cause the risk of toxoplasmosis infection. In general, pets are safe to be around during pregnancy, but you do have to take certain precautions, depending on the type of pet that you have.


Myth #7: You can’t travel during your pregnancy

As long as there are no identified complications or concerns with your pregnancy, it is generally safe to travel at all times during your pregnancy. The ideal time to travel during pregnancy is the second trimester.  In most cases, you are past the morning sickness of the first trimester and several weeks from the third stage of pregnancy when you are more easily fatigued.


Myth #8: You can’t eat Seafood while pregnant

False. It is safe to eat certain types of seafood while pregnant. Seafood is a great source of nutrients. However, it must be consumed in moderation because there are contaminants found in seafood that pregnant women must be wary of. While not all types of fish are dangerous, others contain harmful substances.


Myth #9: You should not exercise

Exercise is actually good for you and is perfectly safe. However, it’s thought that as many as three quarters of women with a healthy pregnancy don’t do enough exercise. Taking daily exercise won’t harm you or your baby, and may even help to prevent complications, such as pre-eclampsia. It may also help you to have a shorter labor and increase your chances of giving birth vaginally.


Myth #10: No spicy foods during pregnancy

Myth also suggests that spicy foods eaten during pregnancy can burn the baby’s eyes, resulting in blindness. Spicy foods also have been blamed for miscarriages and the induction of labor. While those associations might sound plausible to some people, they aren’t real. Spicy foods can increase a pregnant woman’s risk of heartburn, however. Repeated heartburn during pregnancy may mean that the baby will be born with a head full of hair, if we are to believe another old wives’ tale.