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Pregnancy Myths & Facts

Mom Tips

“Don’t be afraid to lean on your husband for support. He’ll be with you through it all!”

–Rachel I.

Pregnancy Myths & Facts

It can be hard to sort out a good suggestion from an old wives’ tale. We’re here to set the record straight. Check out these pregnancy myths and find out the actual truth. What you find may surprise you.

MYTH: PREGNANCY MEANS EATING FOR TWO. SO—MORE, MORE, MORE!

  • This is a common misconception. The truth is, you should only add about 300 additional healthy calories per day to your diet. That’s equates to an extra bowl of oatmeal, a few extra cups of low fat milk, or a tuna sandwich. Just continue your reasonably balanced diet and baby will get the nutrients he or she needs. If you’re pregnant with twins, you can count on adding an additional 600 calories to your diet.

MYTH: SPICY FOODS CAN CAUSE A MISCARRIAGE OR INDUCE LABOR.

  • Not true, spicy foods are safe to eat during pregnancy. But, these foods can certainly increase heartburn, which can be uncomfortable.

MYTH: IT’S BAD TO BE AROUND A CAT WHILE PREGNANT

  • Your cuddly friend won’t harm the fetus. However, cat feces can carry toxoplasmosis, which can cause birth defects. So, leave it to your partner to clean the litter box. Lucky you!

MYTH: NEVER FLY ON A PLANE DURING FIRST OR LAST TRIMESTER.

  • Flying in a pressurized cabin is safe. However, your doctor may ask you not to fly after your pregnancy reaches 36 weeks, or if your pregnancy is high risk. Always consult your doctor to see if other health factors will keep you at home.

MYTH: HAVING SEX DURING PREGNANCY WILL HURT MY BABY.

  • Nope! Sex is totally fine, as long as you feel comfortable.

MYTH: IF I GET A COLD OR INFECTION, IT WILL GO DIRECTLY TO MY BABY

  • The placenta is like a barrier—most infections don’t cross it. So while mom may be suffering from the miserable sniffles, baby is typically just fine.