Common Myths About Pregnancy

Tracey Montford

By Tracey Montford

Nov 28, 2016

Pregnancy is a time of change but an exciting one.

Women can often feel overwhelmed as they are inundated with information/ guidance from parents, friends, relations and the media, regarding the do’s and don’ts of pregnancy.

We look into 10 common pregnancy myths.

  1. Oils prevent stretch marks

This is unfortunately not true.  Stretch marks can be caused by a hormone change during pregnancy.  The hormones effect the skin tissue which causes tearing.

Genetics also have a role to play.  Some women have more elasticity in their skin and carry smaller.  They are less likely to get stretch marks.

Oils and moisturizes will help to reduce the stretch marks but will not prevent them.

  1. Your skin will glow

This is true for some women particularly in the second trimester.  A glowing skin is due to increased hormone levels and an increase in blood volume brings more blood to the skin, giving you a radiant appearance.

For some pregnancy may not be as pleasant.  During the later stages of pregnancy you may find you break out in rashes, spots and/or pigmentation & blemishes.  This is most likely due to increased body temperature, hormones, oily skin, tiredness and or lack of nutrients.

  1. The way you carry will determine if you are having a boy or girl.

This is not true.  It is likely that throughout your pregnancy you will be approached by many people who believe they can tell you the sex of your child by the position of the child in your womb or shape of your bump.  This is simply not true.  Determining the sex of the child by looking at your body isn’t an exact science.

  1. You will have crazy food cravings i.e. Pickles and ice cream

This is not true.  Most women will however experience food cravings.  This is generally due to a lack of a nutrient/s or type of food in your diet.  Listen to your cravings, as it is your body’s way of letting you know that you need more. You can indulge – a tad!

  1. Pregnant women eat for two

This is not true.  It is very important while you are pregnant to eat a healthy diet, to help ensure your unborn child is getting the necessary vitamins and minerals to grow healthy and strong.  Eating for two is unnecessary and will only aid in putting on excess weight.

  1. Eat 3 meals a day

This is not true.  It is generally recommended that you eat a few smaller meals a day.  Smaller meals will help to keep your energy levels up and will provide a regular source of nutrients for your unborn child.

  1. No seafood

This is not true.  Fish is a wonderful source of Omega 3.  The essential fatty acids found in fish helps with brain development and provide a wonderful source of energy for you.

Avoid eating too much Tuna as it can contain high levels of mercury, which will not harm you but can harm the developing nervous system of your unborn baby.

Avoid eating Shark, Swordfish and Marlin all together as they all have very high levels of mercury.

Always ensure the fish is fresh and well cooked before eating.  This rule applies to any protein you may consume during pregnancy.

  1. No coffee

Research shows that a small cup a day is not harmful to your unborn child.  Moderation is key.

  1. Can’t fly

All airlines have policies that will clearly state when a pregnant woman can and cannot fly.

We recommend visiting your doctor and getting the all clear to fly before booking your ticket.  A letter from your doctor may be required by most airlines, especially closer to the date of birth.

Should you be having a complicated pregnancy, it might be worth considering limiting any flights.

Related: Tips for Traveling While Pregnant

  1. Don’t run

Pregnancy is not an illness.  If you fit and healthy and have had no complications during pregnancy then running is usually perfectly fine.  It is important to check with your medical provider before embarking on any physical exercise during pregnancy and to listen to your body and not push yourself too much.

If you are not fit and active, taking up running while pregnant is not recommended.  Opt for a lighter form of exercise such as walking, swimming or yoga.

Exercise during pregnancy is beneficial and highly recommended.

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