7 Misconceptions about Pregnancy

1. Eating for two

Eating twice as much during pregnancy is unhealthy and not necessary. You do have to make sure that you are getting the proper nutrition, but that’s far from eating without limits. You will eventually put on weight, but that is not a goal in pregnancy. Focus on the right diet, not on the overall quantity. Measure your calories and keep track of the minerals and vitamin intake. You can still have chocolate and bacon, but don’t make an excuse out of pregnancy to eat too much.

2. Exercise will cause a miscarriage

Unless you’ve had complications with your previous pregnancy and your doctor specifically advised you to avoid physical activity, exercise will not cause a miscarriage. Exercising brings great benefits during pregnancy and keeps you healthy.

3. It is dangerous to have sex during pregnancy

Many people believe that having sex during pregnancy can harm the baby. That is absolutely not true. The placenta protects the baby and the mother will be safe as well. It can sometimes be uncomfortable for the mother, but there are no risks. In later pregnancy, many women actually feel a peak of sex drive, because of the increased blood flow in the uterus.

4. No heavy lifting during pregnancy

Your body consumes more energy and you will feel more tired, but that does not mean that carrying bags or lifting a toddler is dangerous. As long as you keep an upright position of your spine when you bend and pick up a weight, your back will be safe.

5. A glass of wine now and then is fine

Studies show that it is not fine to smoke or drink during pregnancy, not even in small amounts. Alcohol is metabolized differently from individual to individual, so even a glass of wine can be above the harmful threshold for you.

6. The shape of the belly predicts the baby’s gender

There is no correlation between the baby’s sex and the position in the womb or how your belly looks like. A gender scan can determine your baby’s sex, and not by examining the belly’s shape, but by using an innovative ultrasound technology.

7. Coffee is forbidden

Too much caffeine affects the blood flow to your placenta and can leave you dehydrated. Still, drinking a small cup of coffee daily is safe. Decaffeinated drinks are recommended, but not a must, so if you need your morning coffee, that’s ok. Try to add more milk and drink more water throughout the day to make sure that you are well hydrated. Remember though that coffee will not help on your need to pee often, which is why giving up coffee during pregnancy generally brings more benefits.