Pregnancy Myths: Dos and Don’ts | Pregnancy Guide

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During your pregnancy, there are many rules or recommendations you should follow for the health of your baby. However, some rules are outdated and some are probably just pregnancy myths in the first place. Only being pregnant is hard enough! So, read on to know which one you should do and don’t do.

Don’t Eat Cheese and Processed Meats

The CDC says listeriosis, a food-borne illness that can be overlooked, can result in future delivery problems. So, you should not eat processed meats like hotdogs or ham unless they have been cooked properly .

When it comes to cheeses, make sure it’s made from pasteurized milk, so they are fairly safe for pregnant women. On top of that imported or locally-made “natural” soft cheeses are potentially problematic the most. These may include Brie, Camembert, Montrachet and Neufchatel.

Soda or Diet Soda is Ok

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If soda is your favorite beverage, then you don’t need to avoid it entirely! Although minimal harmful effects have been shown from the artificial sweetener aspartame in soda, it is still safe to drink one or less than one serving (1 serving= 330 ml) per day. With that safe but also enough for your crave amount, you probably don’t have to worry every time drinking outside!

You Can Still Enjoy a Cup of Coffee During Pregnancy

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We all heard that coffee is bad for pregnant women. However, most studies show no adverse effects from having a few cups of coffee per day during pregnancy. Still, doctors will always warn you about the negative effects of consuming a large amount of caffeine because it’s safer when you know the limit. Well, sometimes it’s harder on you to quit entirely, especially when you are pregnant. So, if you choose to drink coffee, moderation is key! 

Drinking Herbal Tea While Pregnant

Herbal teas sound perfectly safe for pregnancy, but you still need to be cautious. Having large amounts of herbs like peppermint and red raspberry leaf can actually increase the risk of preterm labor. Be sure to read the ingredients first and avoid teas that have unfamiliar ingredients. Instead, you should look for teas that are made from familiar ingredients like fruit extract. Remember that natural doesn’t always mean “safe”! And, if you are unsure about your choice, talk to your doctor.

Avoid Some Types of Fish While Pregnant

Some sea foods can contain a high levels of mercury, which is safe for most people to consume but not for pregnant women. So, here are recommendations and guidelines that will help you reduce the exposure to mercury during pregnancy:

  • Do not eat king mackerel, tuna, or snapper, because they often contain high levels of mercury.
  • Eat 8-12 ounces (2-3 average meals) a week of a variety of fish and shellfish that are lower in mercury. Here are the most commonly eaten seafood that are low in mercury are shrimp, salmon, and catfish.
  • When eating fish you or others have caught from streams, rivers, and lakes, pay attention to fish advisories. And, be sure to stay within your calorie needs when adding fish to your diet.

Do Eat Spinach 

Spinach has lots of folic acid, which is one substance you want when you’re pregnant, especially before conceiving and during the first trimester. It actually helps reduce the incidence of neural tube defects by 70%. And, the recommended amount is 400 micrograms a day. Spinach is one thing that really has good effects for moms.

You Should Skip Artificial Nails for a While

In fact, when you’re pregnant your nails grow faster. So, perhaps it’s time to let nature take its course! Also, nail salons often smell strongly of chemicals, and if it smells strong, it probably isn’t good for you and your baby. At least one study has also shown that pregnant women who work in nail salons, dry cleaning establishments, or manufacturing plants who work with smelly chemicals like in nail salons or dry cleaning establishments can put their unborn baby’s brain development at risk.

Have Bikini Wax if You Want

Sometimes a mom may find hair in the most unwanted places, not just bikini country. Getting waxed during pregnancy is generally considered safe. However, there are some precautions you should be aware of, whether you wax at home or going to a spa. Make sure to find an experienced and licensed esthetician to lower the risk of getting severe skin damage. And, remember to check if the facility or the tools are clean and sanitized properly. 

Hair Dye and Hair Dye and Perms

There is no data supporting harmful effects of hair dye. Very little dye reaches your scalp. Anyway the smells, however, can gross out a pregnant woman’s overly sensitive sniffer. Although fairly limited, most research indicates the chemicals found in both semi-permanent and permanent dyes are not highly toxic and are safe to use during pregnancy. But, only small amounts of hair dye may be absorbed by the skin, leaving little that would be able to reach the fetus.

Choose The Best Sleeping Position

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The best sleep position during pregnancy is sleep on side (or SOS). It’s even better if you sleep on your left side. Sleeping like this helps increase the amount of blood and nutrients that reach the placenta and your baby, which minimizes pressure on your uterus and intestines and speeds up nutrients to the baby. If you wake up in a different position, try to flop over and start again.

Exercise and Hot Tubs

It’s best not to overheat when you’re pregnant. That means avoiding hot tubs and intense workouts. Just normal walking is a great choice. Do not start an extensive exercise program while pregnant if you are used to it. 

Have a Limit for Spicy Foods 

The fact is most pregnant women experience indigestion as a result of hormonal changes and pressure from a growing uterus. So, it may be best to avoid foods that can trigger heartburn. Luckily, it will not hurt your baby, but it can actually make you very uncomfortable.

If you have any questions, let us know in the comments!