When you’re expecting, it’s very likely you’ll be bombarded with so much information by the people around you as well as various myths about pregnancies.
Though you shouldn’t act out or disagree, you shouldn’t take all advice on board. All women have their own journey when expecting and you too will have your own.
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If you’ve gone through this course before, then you’ll probably already know the process and what to expect. However, if you’re about to have your first born child and become a mother for the first time, it’s always best to stick to your gut, and to the medical professional who is helping you along the way.
There are many true and not so true myths about pregnancies. But here are 5 that you’ll probably hear the most.
1. Prenatal Vitamins are Necessary for Healthy Pregnancies
In order to make sure your unborn child is growing as healthy as possible, you need to keep your body nourished with good quality and sufficient amounts of nutrients.
But is prenatal vitamins as important as people say? Truth is that it depends.
Women who are malnourished or deprived of certain nutrients can greatly benefit from vitamin supplements. Those big bulky pills can certainly help if you struggle to get vitamins and minerals in from natural sources.
For women who are not malnourished, a healthy diet is all you need. The less unnecessary supplements you have to take, the better.
But do keep in mind that you need to speak to your doctor regarding your dietary needs as every woman is different.
2. Pregnant Women Should Avoid Vaccinations
Depending on who you speak to or where you hear it from, many people will tell you vaccinations is a no go while others will tell you it’s critical.
The truth is that it really depends on what type of vaccination you’re getting, as once you’re pregnant, there are certain substances your body cannot take any more.
Vaccinations such as measles, rubella, and the mumps vaccines cannot be taken during the pregnancy. Vaccinations such as flu and tetanus as well as whooping cough are safe to take during pregnancy.
Multiple studies have shown that pertussis vaccines also help to protect the babies health after birth. Whooping cough is one of the most threatening infections for babies and infants.
So in other words, yes, some vaccines may even be important to have while pregnant, while some can be quite harmful. That’s why before you take any vaccinations or medications, you need to talk with your doctor.
3. Morning Sickness Only Lasts at the Beginning Stages of Pregnancy
For the average women, morning sickness will usually get better after the first 3 to 4 months of pregnancy. However, it’s completely normal if women continue to feel the symptoms of morning sickness well after that period, as morning sickness is different among all women.
About 1 woman in 10 continues to feel sick after week 20 of their pregnancy. Morning sickness can sometimes be seen as an inconvenience for expecting mothers during pregnancy as it really does affect their wellbeing and quality of life.
Morning sickness can be managed and treated through better dieting and rest. Support from family members and those close to you can also make the managing of morning sickness better for you.
If symptoms continue to persist and you are struggling to cope, speak with your doctor or professional caregiver. They can prescribe medicine for your symptoms.
4. Pregnant Women Must Monitor Their Diets Carefully
Some believe that increasing certain food types and nutrients can significantly improve your health and the health of your unborn child. However, there is no evidence that suggests that this is true.
Obviously, for women who are malnourished or suffer from certain health complications, their diets need to change. However, for most other women, sticking to a healthy diet with good quality foods and living a healthy style is the best way to ensure your pregnancy is going well.
When working out a diet during pregnancy, make sure you’re eating clean foods and drinks with essential nutrients recommended by your doctor or caregiver.
It is important to limit the consumption of foods that are high in saturated fat and processed additives. It is also crucial to stay away from foods that may cause illnesses such as raw chicken, red meat and spoilt dairy just to name a few.
Caffeine should also be limited, although there is no evidence that small amounts can have an adverse effect on unborn babies.
5. Bed Rest Can Prevent Miscarriage
Miscarriage occurs more often than you would think. An average of 20% of all pregnancies will end in miscarriage. This can happen due to stress factors as well as genetic complications.
Proper bed rest has been known to prevent miscarriage and many health experts will tell you so. Often times you may even be prescribed a more ideal mattress. Though this sounds well and good, there is no actual evidence that better bed rest can prevent miscarriage.
A 2005 study by the National Institute of Health, published in ‘Pub Med’, stated that we cannot conclude that bed rest can prevent miscarriage as there are many other factors involved.
However, this is a harmless myth and no pregnant woman can complain against it. Better bed rest also leads to better relaxation and stress management, which are important factors during pregnancy.
Despite anything you have learned from these 5 myths about pregnancies, make sure you check with your doctor or health caregiver before you incorporate anything into your lifestyle or dietary intake.
You should not be taking advice from non-credible resources or take into accounts the opinions and beliefs of other people.
Going through pregnancy is not something that should be taken lightly and you should give yourself and your unborn child every chance to successfully grow. Speaking with your doctor is the first step of the process.
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