Being pregnant is one of the most marvelous things that could ever happen to a woman. You can’t explain how it feels, it’s like your every emotion is bursting. You are hungry most of the time, you get angry about anonymous things, sometimes you may feel like you’re alone in this but then you feel that the baby is always with you and you’ll never be alone, you can just feel your every emotion.
As you are dealing with all of this there come the “advisors” who will give you a pointer on things to do when you’re expecting. Here are some of the myths that you’ll presumably hear during your pregnancy:
Predicting the gender of the baby
There are heaps of myths to find out the gender of your baby, let’s take a glimpse through some of the most prominent old wives’ tales to predict the sex of your baby during pregnancy. Many people will tell you the gender of your baby just by seeing your belly, if it’s “high” it’s a girl, and a boy if it’s “low”.
Some people can also know it just by fetal heart rate, excessive morning sickness, glowing or oily skin, food craving, mood swings, hairy legs, etc. They don’t need an ultrasound when they have all of these other things and let’s not forget about the ‘ring in the string’ some of you might have already done.
But according to ShoreIVF.com, the fact is that only an ultrasound can reliably tell you the sex of your baby if you want to.
Pregnant women should “Eat for Two”
You only need an extra portion of calories in your diet to sustain your baby, not an extra meal. On average it only requires 300 calories extra per day which is about one and a fifth.
The specific amount of calories depends on the weight, height, trimester of pregnancy as well as activity of a woman.
You should NOT eat Seafood
Seafood is full of nutrients and minerals, for instance, Omega-3, zinc, iron, and unsaturated fats, which are essential for the mother and the baby. But seafood may convey some microscopic bacteria and viruses which can be eradicated when completely cooked, thus you should avoid half-cooked or raw seafood.
Likewise, pregnant women should also prevent eating fish that has a higher level of mercury. For example King Mackerel, White Tuna, Cobia, Swordfish, Blue Fish, Marlin, Tilefish, etc. You should eat close to 12 ounces of fish each week and a variation of seafood so that you don’t have a grouping of minerals from one sort of fish.
Pregnant women should not exercise
Even with modern medicine, it’s incredibly important to eat a well-balanced diet to ensure you’re growing healthy and well, not just for the baby you’re carrying but for your whole body, exercise helps in doing so.
A lot of this depends on your weight and where you are in your pregnancy, but eating well is absolutely important if you want to gain enough weight to properly nourish your growing baby and still lose the extra pounds you’ll be carrying for the rest of your pregnancy. It particularly depends on the level of your activity before pregnancy.
If you frequently exercised before being pregnant, there is no reason to lay off, although you might need to adjust some routines. As a matter of fact, consistent exercise can even help you combat some issues that occur during this period, as well as: Mood Swings, Muscle Pain, Insomnia, Excessive Weight Gains to name a few.
It is obligatory for you to consult a doctor before incorporating a fitness routine. “If you’re doing anything more strenuous than walking, then you have to slow it down and take it easy,” according to Family Health Matters.
You need to give up Coffee
Yes, your caffeine intake can affect you, but no, it can’t make you go into labor. It’s always a good idea to avoid caffeine, but it should really be taken in moderation. Caffeine can also suppress your liver function, which can impair your ability to digest nutrients and increase your risk of miscarriage, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
If you do consume caffeine, you can limit the amount of protein you eat. What’s important is making sure you’re eating enough nutritious meals, drinking enough fluids, resting frequently, and—the most important thing of all—cuddling with your baby and growing your baby.
Flying during pregnancy
Before you plan to take a flight you should consult your midwife or GD about your good health and the risk factor of your pregnancy. Some women just avoid it because of the sickness in their first trimester.
Several airlines don’t allow pregnant women after 32 or 36 weeks, as the chances of them going into labor is high. Some may need you to carry a letter from your GD about their concerns which you can find on their website’s FAQ.
During the flight, you should make sure to keep your pregnancy notes handy, avoid tea, coffee or alcohol and stay hydrated. But there is a risk factor in flying for more than 4 hours which can cause DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) which causes the blood in your deep veins to clot, usually on the leg.
You can reduce this risk by wearing loose clothes, you can also put on compression stockings, do calf exercises, and walk around in the plane often.
Pregnant women shouldn’t go out during an eclipse
It is without a doubt an irritating situation that some highly-educated people engage this odd intuition, as well, towards both solar and lunar eclipse. There is no scientific evidence that if a woman goes out during an eclipse, the baby will be born with some abnormalities.
Although, it is a fact that an eclipse should not be seen with the naked eye is applicable to everyone. You don’t have to stop consuming your liquids, they don’t get poisonous. In fact, staying away from your liquids can cause harm, as you have to stay hydrated.
You can cook, eat and drink during an eclipse, but you must protect your eyes as the sun’s radiation is very harmful during an eclipse which can cause retinal burns and damage rods and cone cells. You can do anything that you wish to do during your pregnancy as long as there is no harm to your baby.