Are you and your partner trying to have a baby? If you are, you’re not alone.
Although pregnancy numbers have declined somewhat in recent years, 2019 still saw 3,745,540 births. That’s nearly four million babies — children who will one day grow up and work towards building a better country and world.
However, many mothers-to-be end up falling for some of the many pregnancy myths out there. To help you and your partner be smart parents, today we’re going to break down a few of the most common pregnancy misconceptions to watch out for.
Read on to learn more.
You’re Eating for Two
It’s natural to feel hungrier when you’re pregnant, especially when you reach the later stages of the journey. However, there’s no evidence to support the claim that future mothers need to eat for two.
In fact, doing so can even lead to maternal weight gain and child obesity.
When you reach your final trimester, aim to add 200 calories to the 2,000 or so calories you get each day.
You Can’t Exercise
While pregnant women are often tired, that doesn’t mean that you should lie around all day. Exercise at all stages of pregnancy is great for your physical and mental health, as well as that of your baby.
The only types of exercise you’ll want to avoid are excessive jumping or bouncing and holding your breath. Otherwise, aim for around 150 minutes of activity per week!
Weird Cravings Are the Norm
Many movies feature pregnant women with strange cravings. However, while they can certainly happen, they’re not the norm.
Hormonal and blog sugar changes vary from person to person. As those lead to the strange food cravings, don’t be surprised if you don’t experience any. It doesn’t mean that there’s anything wrong with you or your baby.
Plus, you can focus on ensuring that all the food you eat is healthy and great for the two of you!
Morning Sickness Is Morning-Only
Morning sickness is another infamous aspect of pregnancy. Unfortunately, it will happen, and it’s a misconception that it will only occur in the morning.
Morning sickness is, again, another side-effect of hormonal changes. These can come at any time — morning, afternoon, or evening. Try eating frequent, small meals to beat it back!
If you’re a coffee fan, don’t worry — there’s nothing wrong with drinking a 12 oz cup of coffee each day. Just ensure that you don’t get more, as too much coffee can be a bad thing.
You’ll also want to make sure that you give your body enough collagen. Check out this guide to learn more about collagen and pregnancy safety.
Busting the Biggest Pregnancy Myths
If you’re planning on having a baby soon, it’s important to understand that many popular pregnancy myths have no basis in reality.
Use this guide to help you see through the misinformation and become a smart mother.
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