Many women spend the duration of their pregnancies worrying about complications and disease instead of making the most of the experience. Misinformation often keeps women from enjoying their favorite foods, exercising, and living a normal life — but it doesn’t have to. Don’t believe these false pregnancy myths in an attempt to stay healthy — or monitor someone else’s health status.
Myth: You can’t drink caffeine
It’s commonly assumed that you can’t drink any caffeine when you’re pregnant. Science has yet to confirm or deny this claim, however. Until there’s more evidence surrounding caffeine’s affects during pregnancy, the American Pregnancy Association recommends pregnant women limit their intake to 200 milligrams (about two cups of coffee) or less per day.
Myth: You can’t have sex
You don’t have to put your sex life on hold when you’re pregnant — as long as you’re careful, of course. According to Mayo Clinic, as long as you’re experiencing a healthy pregnancy, sex is completely normal and safe. Sex doesn’t cause miscarriages or harm your baby in any way. It’s not uncommon to experience decreased sex drive early on in your pregnancy. But if you’re in the mood, go for it.
Myth: You have to ‘eat for two’
The phrase “eating for two” makes it sound like you have to eat twice as much food during pregnancy to stay healthy. This isn’t the case at all, according to MedlinePlus. It’s much more important to eat healthy and gain a reasonable amount of weight while pregnant — so nutrition matters over the amount of calories you need to consume.
Myth: You can’t travel on an airplane
It’s completely safe to travel by plane while pregnant, despite many unnecessary concerns about radiation and related assumed hazards. The American Pregnancy Association recommends traveling on major airlines and avoiding smaller, private planes. You are usually allowed to travel late in your pregnancy, unless your doctor instructs you not to.
Myth: You can’t get a flu shot
Are flu vaccines safe during pregnancy? Absolutely. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu is much more likely to cause health complications for pregnant women than women who aren’t pregnant. Scientific evidence has proven that getting a flu shot while you’re pregnant is completely safe — and potentially beneficial to both your health and the health of your baby.
Myth: You can’t eat fish
You’ve probably heard that fish contains mercury, which pregnant women should not consume. However, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, fish is full of protein, iron, and omega-3 fatty acids — all essential nutrients you need during pregnancy. Pregnant women should avoid raw fish, and eating certain types of seafood like shark. However, options like salmon and tuna are perfectly safe.
Myth: You can’t exercise
Contrary to what you may have been told, exercise during pregnancy is completely safe — and encouraged. Parents Magazine says exercising while pregnant doesn’t cause miscarriages, and it’s good for you as long as you’re focusing on maintaining your current fitness level. Save muscle building and fat burning for that fabulous post-baby life.
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