Pregnancy Myths: What’s the Truth

Pregnancy Myths: What’s the Truth

Pregnancies can be a confusing experience, especially if you’re a first-time mother-to-be. You can have a more healthy and positive pregnancy journey if you are well-informed about your health and your baby’s health.  

Here are some of the pregnancy myths and the facts behind them: 

1. You can predict the sex of your baby  

There are ways claimed to predict the possible sex of your baby, which includes using the shape or size of the belly and face of the expecting mother. Some people would guess the possible sex of the baby through the mother’s skin and hair.  

However, the only way to reveal the sex of your baby is through an ultrasound, which most doctors schedule at around 18 to 21 weeks.  


2. Eat anything you want  

While it is true that pregnant women need to up their calorie intake, overeating can be more harmful to both the mother and child than beneficial. Being overweight during pregnancy can cause complications such as gestational diabetes.  

There should be a gradual increase in their calorie intake, which typically starts during the second trimester. Experts suggest that there should be an additional 340 calories to a pregnant woman’s diet. It can be increased to an additional 450 per day during the third trimester.  



3. Heartburn means the baby has a lot of hair  

study showed that there may have been a connection between experiencing heartburn and your baby having a head full of hair. However, there is limited evidence to show that the connection between the two is true.  


4. No exercise during pregnancy  

As long as your pregnancy is healthy, there is no reason not to exercise.  

Exercise for pregnant women can reduces backaches, constipation, swelling, and bloating. Physical activity during pregnancy can also boost mood, help sleep better, prevent excess weight gain, and promotes strength and endurance.  

If you are unsure about what your experiences might mean, it is always best to talk to your doctor.  

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