Let's debunk some of the biggest pregnancy myths and explore some of the more obscure ones.
Pregnancy is one of the most beautiful and exciting time in a person's life. However, it can also be a confusing and scary time, especially when it comes to all the myths and mis-‘conceptions’ floating around. It’s a time when everyone seems to have an opinion and loves to put in their two-penneths-worth, so we thought we’d clear up a few of those ridiculous rumours out there.
Myth #1: You can't have tea or coffee while pregnant or breastfeeding
Myth #2: Pregnant women shouldn't exercise
This is just plain wrong! As long as you have a doctor's approval, regular exercise can actually be great for both you and your growing baby. So don't let anyone tell you that you should be resting on the couch all day just because you're pregnant.
Myth #3: Eating spicy food will induce labour If only it were that easy!
Myth #4: You should eat for two when you're pregnant
Sorry to burst your bubble. While it's true that you need to consume more calories when you're pregnant, you definitely don't need to double your intake. In fact, most women only need an extra 300-500 calories a day. So go ahead and enjoy that extra snack, but don't use pregnancy as an excuse to go on a junk food bender.
Myth #5: If you have heartburn during pregnancy, your baby will be born with a full head of hair
It's a fun idea, but there's actually no scientific evidence to support it. So don't get too excited about your baby's potential luscious locks just yet.
Myth #6: You can't dye your hair when you're pregnant
This is a tricky one. While some studies have suggested that certain chemicals in hair dye could be harmful to a developing fetus, the evidence is inconclusive. So feel free to rock whatever hair colour you want, just make sure to do it in a well-ventilated area.
Myth #7: If you're carrying low, you're having a boy, and if you're carrying high, you're having a girl
Myth #8: You should avoid all seafood when you're pregnant
Myth #9: Sex when you're pregnant can hurt the baby
Myth #10: If you have a lot of morning sickness, it means you're having a girl
Myth #11: You should avoid all soft cheeses during pregnancy
While it's true that some soft cheeses (like feta, brie, and camembert) can be contaminated with listeria, a type of bacteria that can be harmful to a developing faetus, many soft cheeses are perfectly safe. So go ahead and enjoy that goat cheese salad, just make sure it's made from pasteurised milk.
Myth #12: If you have heartburn during pregnancy, your baby will be born with a lot of hair on their back
Okay, this one is just plain weird. There is absolutely no scientific evidence to support the idea that heartburn during pregnancy is related to your baby's body hair. So feel free to enjoy that spicy chili without worrying your baby will come out looking like a miniature Chewbacca.
Myth #13: You shouldn't lift anything heavy when you're pregnant
Myth #14: If you have a lot of cravings for sweet foods, you're having a girl
Myth #15: It’s okay to have the odd glass of wine while pregnant
As you can see, there are a lot of pregnancy myths out there that simply aren't true. While it can be tempting to believe some of them, it's important to remember that the best source of information about pregnancy is your doctor. So, if you're unsure about something, don't hesitate to ask your healthcare provider for guidance. And remember, just because your aunt Wendy’s neighbour swears that eating pickles will give you a boy, it doesn't mean it's true (although, fair enough, pickles are delicious).