10 Pregnancy Myths Busted!

Pregnancy is all about the plethora of advice from everywhere – magazines, relatives, friends, and blogs. The pregnancy do’s and don’ts confuse you so much that you just don’t know what’s the truth! Being pregnant can put you through a lot of emotions and these pregnancy myths could put you under tremendous stress. While some myths are very silly, others make you think.

Think you have got the whole birds-and-bees thing figured out? Prepare to have your mind blown.

10 Pregnancy Myths Busted!

Myth 1: Sex During Pregnancy Can Affect The Baby

In most cases, having sex during pregnancy shouldn’t affect the little baby. Your baby is well protected in the womb by mucus plug and amniotic fluid. Even when the head is engaged in the pelvis, deep penetration wouldn’t harm your baby. There are some exceptions though – placenta positioned between cervix and vagina, having a high risk of preterm birth, feeling sore, nauseous or too tired. Otherwise, doing the deed wouldn’t hurt your baby.

Myth 2: No Normal Delivery After C-Section

While evidence suggests that having a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is a

little riskier than a repeat cesarean, it is a reasonable option for pregnant women. VBAC is not out of question at all, 60-80% women with prior c-sections have had successful vaginal birth! When the pregnancy is not high risk or you don’t have any complications, having successful VBAC is possible. However, talking about options, pros, and cons with your doctor is highly recommended.

Myth 3: Birthing Hips – Easier Delivery

It’s every pregnant woman’s wish to have a painless, easy, and fast delivery. If you have heard about the myth – having wide hips makes delivery easy – it is not true. The fact is your pelvis and not the hips that is related to delivery. Having wide hips doesn’t always mean having wide pelvis as well. There is nothing definite about how wide or narrow your pelvis is until birth.

Myth 4: They Will Know You’re Not A Natural Redhead

Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your appearance. While some may claim that having your hair dyed during pregnancy is not OK, there aren’t studies showing anything conclusive. However, there

is theoretical risk associated with dying the hair – chemicals getting absorbed through the scalp. Avoid coloring the hair in the first trimester, when the baby’s organs are developing. Opt for natural vegetable dye over permanent ones. Do not leave the dye longer than necessary. Do it in well-ventilated space. Try highlighting, streaking, or frosting which has little or no contact with the scalp.

Myth 5: No More Manicures

Don’t have to forgo any weekly manicures because you are pregnant. Only massive and long-term exposure to products would cause any problems. Still worried about what’s in your nail polish? Go for only brands which are free from dibutyl phthalate, toluene or formaldehyde. Manicures have never been associated with birth defects. But, make sure the salon sterilizes all the tools used. Avoid crowded times of the day while taking an appointment. Ask them to open the windows to avoid breathing the fumes.

Myth 6: You Have To Eat For Two

You do need extra nutrients and can certainly have a bit more leeway when it comes to a second helping of dinner. But, you need

only extra 300 calories during the second and third trimester. So, you need to eat smarter while you are pregnant.

Myth 7: Breastfeeding Is Your Birth Control

If you believe the myth about breastfeeding acting as your birth control, probably you will end up being pregnant again. There is no truth to this and don’t take a chance. Although breastfeeding can delay ovulation, using other birth control methods is safe every time you have intercourse.

Myth 8: Skip The Gym

Working out during pregnancy has a positive impact on your body. Low-impact workouts are great to control weight during pregnancy. Avoid exercises that involve lying on your back which could reduce blood flow to your brain and uterus. Every pregnant woman is different and it is always best to consult your doctor before you start exercising. Always stay hydrated and not push too far.

Myth 9: Avoid Seafood

While there’s a lot of confusion regarding seafood and pregnancy, many pregnant women simply say no to fish for all nine months. It is true that you should avoid the four fish which are loaded with mercury –

tilefish, swordfish, shark, and king mackerel. It is actually good to eat seafood for your baby’s health.

Myth 10: Lack Of Privacy During Labor Will Bother You

Indeed it is such a dreadful thought to expose your private body parts spread to strangers in the delivery room. And those embarrassing moments like moving the bowels during labor will bother you. But the truth is – as your labor progresses you would be preoccupied with contractions and not care what or who looked at your anatomy. The doctors and nurses are only helping you and not there to judge or criticize. When the time comes, just let your guard down and focus on what’s most important – your baby.