Top 9 Pregnancy Myths Busted

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You might have heard of someone telling a pregnant woman what they should do and what they shouldn’t do; like don’t lift heavy things, say no to cheese, listen to music, and read some mythological books. Though they are giving suggestions for the best, Carry it out. Don't do it. Given the plethora of pregnancy advice available, it's difficult to know what is safe and what isn't—and what you should believe. Finding a medical care professional you trust and feel comfortable asking all of your questions is the most certain approach to getting more pregnant facts than fiction. But, for the time being, we'll give some clarification by debunking 9 common pregnancy misconceptions.


Myth #1: You should avoid exercising during pregnancy.


This is one of the most commonly heard things that you should avoid workouts or gym during pregnancy. But the fact is that you can include some kind of physical activity in the list of your daily tasks, mainly during pregnancy. Walking and swimming are generally healthy activities to begin when pregnant. Unless you are experiencing a medical or obstetric issue, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology suggests 30 minutes or more of moderate exercise each day 


Regular exercise doesn't enhance your chances of miscarriage or of being underweight. However, it is important to consult with your doctor about the sorts of workouts you may perform and how to exercise safely during pregnancy. In general, doctors advise you to continue doing the workouts you were doing previous to your pregnancy for as long as you feel comfortable.


Pregnant women must work out at least three times each week. Your sense of balance may alter as your baby and body grow, so be cautious of falls. Always include a warm-up and cool-down period, and consume a lot of water before, during, and after your workout sessions.


Myth #2: You're eating for two, so have everything you want


When it comes to food, we see our elders suggesting to eat more, as they say, that you are eating for two, so have everything and as much as you want. But do you think this is healthy? In fact, you only need 300 calories per day during your pregnancy from the 2nd trimester and you have to take 450 calories from the third trimester to maintain adequate nutrients available for the baby's best growth and development. And overeating can result in additional and unnecessary weight gain, giving the mother the risk of developing gestational diabetes and high blood pressure. Pick nutrient-rich meals over those with refined carbohydrates and little nutrient benefits to ensure that you get enough additional nutrients, and avoid doubling your meal portion.


Myth #3: Say no to seafood


This is another common myth that most pregnant women believe. But in fact, seafood is the greatest form of nutrients and a super-healthy food you can have during your pregnancy. Fish is high in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, both of which are important for a baby's growth. However, not all fish are equal. The FDA recommends that pregnant women have two to three servings of low-mercury seafood each week, so when ordering, choose salmon, shrimp, or tilapia. It is recommended not to have fish like swordfish, bigeye tuna, marlin, orange roughy, and even shark. And for sushi lovers, it is strictly advised not to have sushi during pregnancy as it is a portion of raw food and can contain bacteria and parasites which can lead to infections and foodborne illnesses. 


Myth #4: Air travel during pregnancy increases the risk of complications


There is no reason to refrain from flying during a viable pregnancy because air travel is not detrimental to the developing fetus. Some airlines may refuse to transport pregnant women in their third trimester due to a lack of suitable healthcare facilities in case she goes into labor while onboard or in mid-flight. Similarly, radiation from body scanners and X-ray equipment used at security checkpoints is not high enough to damage a growing fetus.


Myth #5: It is okay to have one drink


No of course not, drinking anytime is not safe, especially for a pregnant woman. The main reason why it is not safe to have any kind of alcohol during pregnancy is that When a pregnant woman consumes alcohol, the alcohol passes via her system to the fetus. Alcohol use during pregnancy can result in Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a dangerous condition that can affect a baby for the rest of his or her life.


Myth #6: Every pregnant woman encounters the typical symptoms


Morning sickness, dizziness, aching boobs, extreme exhaustion, and other amusing side effects are not guaranteed for all pregnant women. Everybody processes pregnancy differently, and although some people experience the traditional symptoms during the classic periods, others have none or a few of them for an extended period of time. Some people don't even realize they're pregnant until they're many weeks along, while others may experience morning sickness every day for nine months.


Myth #7: It is not safe to dye your hair during pregnancy


Pregnancy may be a joyful time, but it also raises several safety issues. Many expecting moms may wonder whether it is safe to color their hair. While the literature is varied, doctors cautiously believe that dyeing your hair while pregnant is safe, especially after the first trimester. It is totally fine to color your hair and get your nails done as long as the salon is clean and trustworthy. However, if the scents are overpowering when you arrive, it is not the greatest place to be, especially since pregnancy might enhance your sensitivity to chemical odors.


Myth #8: Coffee has nothing to do with pregnancy


Coffee is one of the things most of us crave even during pregnancy. But drinking coffee is not safe, especially for pregnant women. According to the researchers, caffeine is considered to restrict blood arteries in the uterus and placenta, reducing blood flow to the baby and inhibiting development. A little cup of coffee or tea each day, on the other hand, is safe—in fact, the ACOG states that up to 200 mg of caffeine per day is deemed safe.


Myth #9: Sexual intercourse should be avoided during pregnancy as it can damage the womb and the baby inside it.


Until otherwise instructed by your doctor, intercourse should not be avoided during pregnancy. Sexual intercourse during pregnancy will not damage your baby since the baby is protected by the amniotic sac and the strong muscular walls of the uterus. However, the newborn is not immune to sexually transmitted illnesses such as HIV or genital herpes. Intercourse may be contraindicated if there is a risk of miscarriage or premature labor, or if there is a low lying placenta or unexplained vaginal bleeding. It is recommended that you take the advice of your gynecologist before intercourse.


For any queries and information about pregnancy care do contact our experts at Harsha Hospitals. We at Harsha Hospitals boast some of Hyderabad's greatest gynecologists. They have extensive expertise in treating any type of fertility and pregnancy issues and will collaborate with you to devise the optimal treatment strategy for you. Harsha Hospitals, which has the top gynecologist in Kukatpally, Hyderabad, specializes in the treatment of a wide range of female health issues. 


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