If you ever feel like a pregnant belly seems to translate to, “Please give me your random opinion,” we have your back. While there isn’t much we can do about strangers spewing out their words of wisdom, we can help set the record straight if you’ve been receiving mixed pieces of advice. Here are just a few of the most common pregnancy myths…and the real scoop.
Myth: Alcohol is Okay
This one seems like a given, but it’s still important enough that we feel it is worth mentioning. Alcohol is harmful to a developing baby, so we strongly recommend avoiding consumption while pregnant. Talk to your doctor about your usual consumption and how it should change during pregnancy.
Myth: A Baby’s Position Indicates the Sex
Some might claim that you can tell whether the baby is a boy or a girl based on tummy position (or a host of other indicators). The vast majority of these methods are not backed by science and are not regarded as foolproof by any means. The only true way to find out the sex of your baby is by ultrasound.
Myth: Dying Your Hair During Pregnancy is Harmful
Well…this one is a partial myth. In theory, absorbing chemicals through the scalp can be harmful. However, there are a few stipulations. To be on the safe side, avoid dying your hair during the first trimester when the baby’s organs are forming. When coloring your hair during the second and third trimesters, look into an organic or natural-based hair dye that doesn’t contain chemicals.
Myth: You Should Double Your Food Intake
While it is true that you might be eating for two, that doesn’t mean you’re eating for two grown adults! Growing a baby technically requires an extra 300 calories per day, so while it is perfectly acceptable to eat a little extra, don’t go overboard.
Myth: Avoid Sex While Pregnant
Again…not true! There is no reason to cut out intimacy while pregnant unless you have a health condition that would cause sex to be unsafe. Talk to your doctor if you have any concerns, but we’re willing to bet that you’ll get the a-okay!
Myth: Cut the Caffeine Altogether
Here’s the true part: Ingesting caffeine does affect your baby because it crosses the placenta. With that being said, don’t pound the espresso shots like they’re going out of style – no need to give junior the jitters. In most case, though, fewer than 200 milligrams of caffeine a day is considered a safe amount. However, talk to your doctor to get their final word.
Our qualified team of professionals is here to guide you through all your pregnancy questions, concerns and false pieces of advice. Give us a call at 307-634-5216.