Pregnancy Myths Debunked
With so many do’s and don’ts related to pregnancy, it can be overwhelming to know which set of rules you must follow without compromising your pregnancy. You would never intentionally do something to harm your baby, but is all that “helpful” advice from every pregnant mom you’ve ever met true? It’s best to consult your doctor about anything specific you are unsure of, but we can safely debunk a few pregnancy myths that are said to be wrong but aren’t so harmful after all.
Myth #1 Eating For Two
This is kind of true. Yes, you’re eating for two – but that doesn’t mean two adult-sized servings are necessary. Yes, you need to supply your baby with the proper nutrients to develop properly, but you shouldn’t double up on meals to accommodate this. Instead, stay within the recommended range for weight-gain for increased energy throughout your pregnancy.
Myth #2 Avoid Exercise
If you’re healthy and have permission from your physician, it’s safe to continue doing most types of exercise while pregnant. Walking, swimming, prenatal yoga classes in San Antonio, biking, and pilates are all safe exercise options.
Myth #3 Skip The Coffee
Coffee loving mamas, rejoice! Coffee in moderation is acceptable. While it was previously believed that caffeine could cause a miscarriage, research shows that one to two cups per day is entirely safe. Enjoy your java, but stay within the recommended limit per day.
Myth #4 Say No To Fish
Eating two servings of fish per week can be healthy for mom and baby. Coldwater fish, in particular, contains lots of omega-3 fatty acids, which help with your baby’s brain development and vision. Salmon, catfish, crab, shrimp, and canned tuna are all safe to consume. You should try to avoid fish high in mercury, such as swordfish, shark, tilefish, and king mackerel.
Myth #5 Stay Grounded
Flight travel is safe for most pregnant women through 36 weeks, especially those who are low risk. After 36 weeks, most airlines limit flight travel to reduce complication risks for pregnant women.