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Pregnancy Myths

PREGNANCY MYTHS Presented by We're moms. We get it. 00000Š0 O Spicy foods trigger pre-term labor. JL FALSE. FO If this were true, there are entire countries where pregnant women would have a hard time finding food. There is no evidence that supports that spiciness speeds along labor, so crank up the cayenne (if that's your thing)! SOURCE: HTTP://HEALTHYLIVING.MSN.COM/PREGNANCY-PARENTING/ADVICE/12-MYTHS-ABOUT-PREGNANCY-1 2 Pregnant Women should eat for 2. !? FALSE. Your baby bump might seem like a ticket to ride the dessert train (twice, no less) but the sad truth is that being pregnant only requires another 300 calories a day. So unless you want your baby to possibly have obesity issues, switch up the gelati for some grapes. SOURCE: HTTP://Www.WEBMD.COM/BABY/FEATURES/PREGNANT-EAT-FOR-TWO-RIGHT (3) Cocoa Butter prevents stretch marks. FALSE. Tempting as it might be to slather your growing belly with a lotion that smells like chocolate, the last thing it does is prevent stretch marks. In fact, it might even make skin more sensitive. Looking for a way to beautify your bump? Try a solution with vitamin E, which has been proven to smooth skin - but be aware that nothing prevents stretch marks. SOURCE: HTTP://wwW.NCBL.NLM.NIH.GOV/PUBMED/1079611170RDINALPOS=18ITOOL-ENTREZSYSTEM2.PENTREZ.PUBMED.PUBMED_ RESULTSPANEL.PUBMED DEFAULTREPORTPANEL.PUBMED_RVDOCSUM Walking brings on labor. FALSE. While it's a healthy way to stay active that's easy on pregnant joints (and helps burn off that pint of Ben & Jerry's you scarfed last night), walking hasn't been proven to bring on labor. Walking will, however, help move along labor that is already in progress. HTTP://www.WHATTOEXPECT.COM/PREGNANCY/PHOTO-GALLERY/NATURAL-WAYS-TO-INDUCE-LABOR.ASPXH/SLIDE-2 (5) No Sushi while pregnant. FALSE. Except for rolls that contain mackerel, shark, tilefish and swordfish, sushi is kind of just rice, seaweed, and veggies. You can have other fish (like salmon, which is high in omega-3 fatty acids and very good for brain development), but don't overdo it on the tuna - keep it under 12. oz (about two maki, or rolls) per week. SOURCE: HTTP//Www.MAYOCINIC.ORG/HEALTHY-LIVING/PREGNANCY-WEEK-BY-WEEK/IN-DEPTH/PREGNANCY-NUTRITION/ART-20043844 6) Sleep Only on your left side while pregnant. FALSE. Unless there are serious complications in the pregnancy like high blood pressure, feel free to sleep any old way you like. After all, the chances of getting a full night's sleep is going to be kind of slim once baby arrives. HTTP//www.THEFAMILYGROOVE.COM JANPREGMYTHS.HTM O Pregnancy heartburn = hairy baby. FALSE. As much as your heartburn might make you envision a velvety-skinned baby with loads of lustrous locks, it's just not true. Though a study at Johns Hopkins in 2007 seemed to support rather than disprove the old wives' tale, many women who had heartburn ended up with babies who had little to no hair. Listen, your organs are pretty crowded, especially as your baby nears birth, and your reflux is due directly to your stomach having nowhere to expand, forcing acid up the esophagus. HTTP://www.BABYMED.COM/PREGNANCY-MY THS/HEARTBURN-AND-BABYS-HAIR (8 Don't fly in your first or last trimesters FALSE. If you really hate traveling for business, you might think Junior is doing you a huge favor already. But the truth is that flying is completely safe in any month of pregnancy. Most airlines hesitate to fly women in advanced stages of pregnancy (think emergency landing liability), and your own healthcare provider might want you to stick around as your due date looms. HTTP://www.MAYOCLINIC.ORG/HEALTHY-LIVING/PREGNANCY-WEEK-BY-WEEK/EXPERT-ANSWERS/AIR-TRAVEL-DURING-PREGNANC Y/FAQ-20058087 O Raising your Hands above your head is dangerous. FALSE. Mom's upward salute pose definitely won't be at fault if baby emerges with the umbilical cord around his neck. There's a little prenatal acrobat in there, and it's and the length of the cord and his movement - not yours - that determines if the cord will be wrapped around his neck. (Psst, the cord is usually slipped unceremoniously and harmlessly off by the doctor at birth). HTTP://HEALTHYLIVING.MSN.COM/PREGNANCY-PARENTING/ADVICE/12-MYTHS-ABOUT-PREGNANCY-1 (10) NO Coffee while pregnant. coffee shop FALSE. Luckily for pregnant moms, and everyone around them, it's perfectly safe to drink one cup a day. But don't overdo it - more than 200 mg of caffeine a day might put you at risk for preterm labor or miscarriage. HTTP://www.WEBMD.COM/BABY/NEWS/20100721/MODERATE-COFFEE-DRINKING-OK-IN-PREGNANCY Your Face looks soo different. It must be a girl! FALSE. This about tops the list of worst things you can say to a pregnant mom. No one wants to be told that her face looks "different" (read: fat, spotty, blotchy), even if it means it's your answer to her unsolicited informal survey of what you think she's having. Your best bet is to smile and buy a gender neutral gift, because your chances of being right are 50/50 anyway. HTTP://www.EYDCP.COM/PREGNANCY/PHYSICAL-CHANGES-DURING-PREGNANCY/ Don't Go on a really bumpy car ride. BUMPS AHEAD FALSE. It's a valid concern, especially while commuting (read: bouncing) down the post-winter pothole-ridden streets, but a regular car ride isn't dangerous for a pregnant mom. Your baby has plenty of cushioning between the amniotic fluid and the uterus, so just buckle up and enjoy the ride. HTTP://HEALTHYLIVING.MSN.COM/PREGNANCY-PARENTING/ADVICE/12-MYTHS-ABOUT-P REGNANCY-1?PAGEART-2 (13 Severe Morning sickness means it's definitely a girl. it's a GIRL FALSE. Even among those with the worst morning sickness, the male and female offspring were nearly 50-50 and whether this applies to milder cases is unknown. HTTP://HEALTHYLIVING.MSN.COM/PREGNANCY-PARENTING/ADVICE/12-MYTHS-ABOUT-PREGNANCY-1 pishposh BABY We're moms. We get it. 0000000 ONV

Pregnancy Myths

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The truth behind some popular pregnancy myths, according to pediatricians and other experts.


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