Debunking 5 Myths About Pregnancy
Posted December 27, 2018 in Pregnancy Myths
Pregnancy can be an exciting but nerve-wracking time for many women. It can be hard to know the rights and wrongs when it comes to nurturing your baby while also taking care of your own health. Many times when a woman seeks advice from others regarding routine care during their pregnancy, they come across confusing or misleading facts that can be overwhelming.
While every pregnancy is different, we understand that taking the proper precautions is necessary to ensure a happy and healthy pregnancy. Here we will debunk five myths about pregnancy to put your mind at ease.
You’re “Eating For Two” Now
Pregnant women tend to experience food cravings that may make them want to eat larger portions than usual. Although it is important to keep your body and baby well-nourished, being pregnant should not be an excuse to “pig out.” According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), rather than eating double the amount of food they would normally eat, it is recommended that pregnant women eat 350 to 450 extra calories a day, especially during the second and third trimesters. Maintaining a healthy, well-balanced diet of vegetables, proteins, fruit, and other nutritious foods is also recommended.
No Eating Seafood During Pregnancy
The good news is you do not have to eliminate fish from your diet completely. Certain types of fish contain high levels of protein and omega fatty acids, which are beneficial to a woman’s health. Pregnant women should try to consume at least two to three servings per week of fish with high levels of omega fatty acids and low mercury content, such as shrimp, salmon, catfish, pollock, and tilapia. When eating fish while during your pregnancy, avoid the following:
Taking Medication or Vitamins Is Bad For You
While some people believe taking medication or vitamins of any kind during pregnancy can harm you and your baby, this is not the case. In fact, it is actually encouraged that women take prenatal vitamin supplements because their bodies require more iron and folic acid. Certain drugs*, like TYLENOL®, Robitussin®, and TUMS®, are also safe to take while you are pregnant.
*Speak with your OB/GYN specialist before consuming any medication or vitamins.
Do Not Exercise While You Are Pregnant
Many women are encouraged to take light walks and do moderate workouts during their pregnancy. Doing regular aerobic and strength conditioning exercises for 20 to 30 minutes a day can help pregnant women prepare for their bodies for labor. Be sure to avoid any workouts that have you lying on your back and talk to your specialist regarding safe exercise routines you can add to your daily lifestyle.
Only Stick to Three Meals a Day
Although you do not want to overeat during your pregnancy, you should be eating six to seven small meals a day. Eating frequent meals and healthy snacks throughout the day can help keep your blood sugar up and boost your metabolism.
If you have any questions regarding your pregnancy, please feel free to contact our office at (707) 575-1626 or schedule a consultation with us online. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.