Top 10 myths during pregnancy

Here is a rundown of 10 regular legends myths you hear when you are pregnant, however, these may shift from age to age and district to area. How about we read about and expose the normal fantasies.

Eat for two


Before you start going down the route of ‘one for me and one for the baby’, you should probably know that this is a myth.

According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), A lady with an ordinary pre-pregnancy weight needs around 300 additional calories for every day to advance her child’s development. A woman of normal weight should gain 11 to 15 kg during pregnancy and less if she’s overweight. If a woman gains too much then there is a higher risk of a cesarean section or a difficult vaginal birth. The aim should be to eat a well-balanced diet to ensure the health of both mother and fetus. Care should be taken to avert nutrient deficiencies common during pregnancy and supplements should be taken as per doctor’s advice.

Eating papaya leads to miscarriage

Papaya is believed to cause abortion and this belief is so deep-rooted in the Indian culture that even the well-informed tend to keep away from it. In reality, it is only the unripe/semi-ripe green papaya that contains high concentrations of latex which mimic the action of labor-inducing hormones like oxytocin and prostaglandins. But as the papaya ripens the latex content decreases and it becomes safe for consumption. So a pregnant mother can very well include ripe papaya in her diet, without causing any harm to the fetus. Papaya controls and prevents constipation and heartburn. It also relieves bloating and gastric disorders, which are common during pregnancy.

Do not fly during pregnancy 

For the most part, air travel before week 36 of pregnancy is viewed as safe for ladies who have solid pregnancies. Your specialist may alert against air travel in case you’re encountering any complexities that may be compounded via air travel. The term of the flight likewise ought to be considered. Also, your specialist may limit travel following 36 weeks of pregnancy. The best time to fly may be amid your second trimester. This is the point at which the dangers of normal pregnancy crises are the most minimal. after week 28, you will need a letter from your midwife to confirm your pregnancy is low risk and you’re in good health. Make sure that your travel insurance covers you in pregnancy and take your medical notes away with you.

Exercising will harm my baby 

This is a complete myth. It’s better for you and your baby if you stay active during pregnancy. It’s safe and healthy. So long as your pregnancy has no complications you can do the same exercise that you did before you were pregnant. You can safely start an exercise program during pregnancy after consulting the doctor under trained professionals. Being fit increases your stamina and prepares you for the process of childbirth. Brisk walk, swimming, breathing exercises, and yoga and meditation are recommended as they are great relaxants.

 Don’t sleep on your back 

Pregnant women should never sleep on their back during pregnancy or always sleep on their left. The belief is that sleeping on the back will cuts the oxygen supply to the fetus. For normal, healthy with an uncomplicated pregnancy, the best position for sleeping is the one that’s the most comfortable. Lying on the left side is helpful in certain cases such as prolonged labor, high blood pressure, improper functioning of kidneys, problem with fetal development because during the later stages of pregnancy, the uterus and baby grow large enough to press on the large vein, the inferior vena cava, reducing blood flow from the lower body back to the heart.

No sex, please

For some lucky women, sex can actually be better than ever because of the increased blood flow in the pelvic area. Others might find the opposite (hormones can lower your libido). An orgasm, or sex itself, can sometimes trigger harmless Braxton Hicks contractions, but they’re nothing to worry about.

Never hesitate to talk to your midwife if you have any concerns. If you have had to bleed, have a low lying placenta or cervical weakness, you may need to abstain.

If your growing bump is making your favorite position uncomfortable, head over to BabyCenter to see the best sex positions for pregnancy.

Stay away from Caffeine 

Pregnant women are often warned to give up caffeine because it might cause miscarriage, preterm birth or low birth weight. But the case against caffeine isn’t strong. So you can still enjoy a mug of coffee every now and then but make sure that you don’t have more than 200mg of caffeine in a day. That’s two mugs of instant coffee or one mug of brewed coffee. If you regularly have more than 200mg of caffeine a day while you’re pregnant, you’ll have a higher risk of miscarriage or having a baby with a low birth weight. This 200mg limit includes all sources of caffeine like tea, cola, energy drinks and chocolate.

can’t touch cats

Your furry friend is nothing to fear in pregnancy.

Recent studies show contact with cats doesn’t increase the risk of getting toxoplasmosis (an infection that can affect unborn babies). However, you do need to take care with cat litter – as this is where the parasite that causes it can live (in cat poo, to be exact).

Avoid cleaning the litter tray yourself. If needs must, wear gloves, wash your hands thoroughly afterward and clean the tray daily (the parasite become infectious after one to five days). Take care in the garden too because your cat is likely to be using this as a secondary litter tray.

Saffron makes the baby fair-skinned 

The skin color of the baby is purely determined by genes and nothing else. It is a tradition in India to gift pregnant mothers with small boxes of saffron. Milk flavored with a pinch of the powder or few of its strands are given to pregnant mothers, in the hope that it would make the baby light-skinned. But there is no truth in this whatsoever.

can’t dye hair

Thankfully you’re not condemned to nine months of bad hair days.

Research (though limited) shows it’s safe to color your hair in pregnancy. You’d need to use seriously high doses of the chemicals – far more than needed to color your hair – to cause harm.


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