Pregnancy Myths

Pregnancy Myths

Myths vs Facts for the Contemporary Pregnant Woman

Pregnant women of today who visit chiropractors and run on the treadmill might find it humorous to learn that their expectant grandmothers were told not to climb stairs or even hold their arms above their heads for fear of hurting the unborn child. We’ve come a long way, baby.

Health for you and your unborn child. You may find that you have never wanted to take care of yourself more in your life. But, if you already eat a balanced diet of proteins, vegetables and fruits, grains and fats, you don’t need to do anything special. But speak with your doctor about prenatal vitamins, folic acid and iron supplements.

Food to avoid. When you are pregnant, it is important to keep certain foods out of your diet, because they could harm your fetus. These include some of the following:

  • Brie and other soft cheeses
  • Bleu cheese or Roquefort
  • Raw eggs, unpasteurized milk or raw meat
  • Unwashed fruits and vegetables

Exercise during pregnancy. Your grandmother might never believe the possibilities, but maintaining a regular fitness routine is great for you and your fetus. If you exercised before, continue at a slightly reduced level. If you did not exercise before, you may still begin a routine. The benefits include reducing stress, back pain and fatigue. The exercise may also help build strength for labor and delivery. As always, please consult your doctor or midwife.

Risks or concerns. Of course, even the healthiest women can have problems during her pregnancy, but try not to worry unnecessarily. Always call your doctor or midwife if something feels out of the ordinary. Uncommon conditions may include:

  • Gestational diabetes
  • Rh incompatibility
  • HIV or herpes
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Anemia

Every woman’s pregnancy is different. Friends often share their “horror stories” of 36 hours of labor and forget that they should be sensitive, especially if this is your first pregnancy. Take these stories with a grain of salt, and never be afraid to ask questions, even if they seem silly. Many women have gone to the emergency room with Braxton Hicks contractions (false labor) believing they were in labor. With hormones dipping and peaking, it’s a wonder any woman gets through the day. Rely on your common sense, and if you need to, call your health care provider.

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