So you’re pregnant. Congrats! There is no more exciting time in a woman’s life, than the process by which she brings a life into this world. And yet, it can also be a very nerve-racking, anxiety-ridden time as well. Especially if you’re listening to old wives tales told by friends and family about all the thing you can and cannot do when pregnant. Perhaps you were told to stop exercising, to banish your cat from the house, to never eat sushi, avoid traveling, and even abstain from sex! Well we’re here to tell you that these, along with many more pregnancy “facts”, are simply false. It’s time to take the fear and stress out of what should be the most joyful time in your life. If you want the real facts on what you can and cannot do for the next nine months of your life so you can live them to their fullest, then check out these 10 pregnancy myths that we’ve busted wide open for you here…
You can’t eat sushi while pregnant. Nonsense. This one’s only half true, as it was founded upon the idea that eating fish high in mercury is bad for the fetus. So you’re best to avoid such fish as mackerel, tilefish, swordfish, shark and tuna. But as for the rest, go ahead and break out the ginger and wasabi and enjoy!
Intercourse can hurt the fetus. Ridiculous. Do you have any idea how many layers of skin, along with the amniotic sac that provides a thick layer of cushioning are between you’re unborn baby and Mr. Johnson? Tons. While you may not be in the mood due to morning sickness, indigestion, and swollen ankles – you’re totally fine to get your freak on.
No Smoked Salmon on your plate. Please. Smoked salmon, what with being rich in omega-3 fatty acids, is absolutely great for you and the health of your unborn baby.
No coffee when preggers. Why? As long as you’re not downing 6 to 8 cups a day (which is just too much caffeine for anyone, not just your unborn baby), there’s absolutely nothing wrong with your favorite cup of Joe.
Pregnant women are put in a “no fly” zone. Give me a break. While some airlines may forbid air travel during your third trimester (due to them being afraid you’ll go into labor and ruin the upholstery in the aircraft), there’s absolutely no harm being done to your baby when flying.
Being pregnant means eating for 2. Oh knock it off already. Your unborn baby only needs an extra 300 calories a day, which does not constitute a whole other person. In fact, eating too much will only result in a heavier baby, along with a heavier you, which will make it harder to lose the weight thereafter.
Stay away from the cat when expecting. Oh would you stop? There’s no reason to banish Fluffy from the home. All that you need to banish is your litter changing duties for fear of toxoplasmosis (a parasitic disease that’s extremely dangerous to an unborn fetus). So for the next nine months, get your hubby to clean the cat box.
Exercising can harm your baby. Now this one’s just dangerous. Avoiding exercise while pregnant actually causes more harm as an unhealthy you, equals an unhealthy baby. While it’s recommended that you do less vigorous exercises, activities such as yoga, swimming, or even long walks are more than good for you, and highly recommended.
Expecting women can’t color their hair. Meh. The amount of chemicals absorbed by the skin on your head is so minute, it’s impossible to cause birth defects. However, using a dye with low or no ammonia is probably for the best while you’re pregnant.
X-rays are not allowed when pregnant. Wrong! This kind of thinking would have you banned from using microwaves, computer terminals, even ultrasounds – which you need to get while pregnant. Radiation exposure is not ideal for anyone, but an X-ray that’s needed, is vastly better than one that’s avoided.