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Pregnancy Myths: True or False?

February 13, 2016

Pregnancy is a whole new ball game when it comes to nutrition, sleep, physical activity, style, healthcare… yeah pretty much everything is affected by pregnancy. And it’s true – finding a balance between maintaining your lifestyle but protecting your growing lil’ baby can be tough. All of the misinformation floating around the internet and mom groups doesn’t help, and the last thing you need is added stress.

While it’s always best to talk to your doctor about any activities in your lifestyle that you worry could affect the health of your pregnancy, here are some common pregnancy myths debunked.

Now you can set all those playground mama’s straight and ease the worry of any other pregnant mamas worried about their overgrown roots or daily coffee ritual.

Sex will hurt your baby.

If you have a healthy pregnancy and your doctor hasn’t said otherwise, you’re good to go! With all those hormones swirling around you’ll probably be even more into sex now than when you were making the baby! Of course factors such as nausea, fatigue, breast tenderness, etc. may lower your sex drive, but you don’t have to worry about harming the baby if you’re in the mood. The baby has lots of amniotic-fluid-cushioning and your cervix will prevent any infection from reaching the uterus. If you’ve had any complications with this pregancy or previous pregnancies, talk to your doctor first to make sure sex is okay for you.

Once you have a C-section you’ll always have C-sections.

Good news, this one is false! Women who have had a cesarean delivery may still be able to have vaginal delivery for subsequent pregnancies. In fact, the American Pregnancy Association says 3-4/5 women who have had C-sections can have successful vaginal births. Of course there are some concerns that should be discussed with your doctor and not all women who have had C-sections can safely give birth vaginally, but for many women it is still an option.

Your baby’s sex determines how you will carry your baby.

Boys are carried low and girls are carried high, right?

Wrong.

The only sure way of knowing the gender of your baby while he/she is in the womb is through ultrasound. Everything else you hear are just more wives’ tales. But those are still fun to entertain.

Pregnancy means eating for two.

If you were excited for this one, sorry to burst your bubble. Pregnancy does not give you the green light to inhale 20 chicken nuggets in a sitting, even if they are only $4.99. Turns out growing a baby only requires an extra 300 calories per day, according to The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG).

Don’t raise your arms above your head while pregnant.

Can doing the YMCA while pregnant cause the umbilical cord to wrap around your baby’s neck?!

No.

The length of the cord and your baby’s own dance moves can cause that, but doctors are awesome about quickly and strategically unwrapping it when the baby is born. Dance away, mama!

Spicy foods will cause preterm labor.

If this one is true, there are entire countries in trouble for preterm labor! But fortunately, it’s not. There is no evidence to suggest that spicy foods will put you into labor. But it could cause some intense heartburn which is already a common problem for many pregnant women. But if some spicy fajitas or hot chicken wings are calling your name, you can eat without worrying.

You can’t drink coffee.

Can you even imagine? Sleep-deprived pregnant women probably keep Starbucks in business. Because yes, you can coffee during pregnancy. The ACOG recommends that pregnant women do not drink more than 200 miligrams of caffeine per day, though. Researchers aren’t exactly sure how excessive amounts of caffeine can affect your growing baby, but less than 200mg has been deemed just fine. So keep an eye on your intake but get that boost if you were up all night tossing, turning, and more than likely taking numerous trips to the bathroom.

You shouldn’t dye your hair.

Maybe this myth is why the ombre and balayage styles began? Either way, it was unnecessary.

The chemical absorption from hair coloring is way too miniscule to affect your growing little peanut. So don’t hesitate to fix that re-growth, unless of course you want to get a super natural-looking ombre.

Don’t get a flu shot.

Could the flu vaccine actually cause you to get the flu or cause other harmful side effects that could affect you and your baby?

Probably not.

In fact, it’s recommended that pregnant women get the flu shot to protect new babies who can’t get it themselves. The harm that would come from your baby’s tiny, immature immune system being faced with the flu is astronomically more dangerous. Not to mention caring for a baby while trying to care for your flu-ridden self would be miserable. It’s best to protect you both with the flu shot.

Any other common myths you can debunk for us and our readers? Share below!

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Angela Silva

Angela graduated with her B.S. in Exercise and Wellness and is a NASM certified personal trainer who specializes in postpartum fitness and recovery. She enjoys writing, cracking jokes, and spending time with her family, preferably while fishing. She shares many of her life adventures on Instagram as @angelagrams

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