Pregnancy is a confusing time. Everyone seems to want to off you advice, and well intentions aren’t always the most reliable advice. Trying to distinguish what’s true and what’s not isn’t always easy. To help dispose fact from fiction, here are 7 common pregnancy misconceptions.
Misconception #1 – You’re Eating for Two.
Technically yes, there are two of you eating. However, during the average pregnancy it is recommended to increase your daily calorie intake by only 300 to 400 calories.
Misconception #2 – You Can’t Drink Coffee.
As long as it is consumed in moderation, coffee is okay to drink. Generally the recommended coffee intake is only one 12 ounce cup each day.
Misconception #3 – You Can’t Touch a Cat During Your Pregnancy
You are allowed to pet a cat during your pregnancy. However, changing cat litter is another story. Changing cat litter increases the risk of toxoplasmosis which is harmful to your baby.
Misconception #4 – You Should Avoid Seafood.
You should avoid fish high in mercury. However, you don’t need to stay away from seafood entirely. There are options, such as tuna, that you can eat in moderation. Plus, fish high in omega-3 fatty acids can help improve brain development during their pregnancy.
Misconception #5 – You Can Induce Labor by Eating Spicy Food.
Research has proven spicy food does nothing to determine the outcome of your due date.
Misconception #6 – You Can’t Travel by Plane.
Women are allowed to fly during pregnancy during their pregnancy. However, it is recommended to avoid travel during your third trimester. Many airlines also have restrictions about flying during the third trimester. Plus, most doctors recommend remaining within close proximity to home starting around week 34.
Misconception #7 – You Can’t Eat Cheese.
There are some safe cheese options you can eat, such as cheddar or Swiss cheese. However, avoid eating any goat, soft, or unpasteurized cheeses.
Misconception #8 – You Only Have Morning Sickness in the Morning.
Despite its name, morning sickness can occur at any time of the day – morning, noon, or night.
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