Everyone has different opinions and bits of knowledge about pregnancy–and pregnant women get to hear all of it. Excited friends, family and coworkers like to share “did you knows” with expecting moms, but not all of what they say is true. While your friends and family are probably not trying to trick you, they may very well be misinformed. There are a surprising number of pregnancy myths, but these common ones are overdue for debunking!
You’ll only feel sick in the morning.Actually, queasiness and so called “morning” sickness can persist throughout the day, or even start at night. It’s called morning sickness because it’s more likely to occur on an empty stomach–like in the morning before a woman eats. Not only can it strike at any time, but morning sickness doesn’t always end with the first trimester of pregnancy. If you do experience it, try eating right when you wake up, snacking on high-carb foods throughout the day, and avoiding things that trigger it.
You’ll glow. Increased blood volume can make you glow and have thicker hair but this is certainly not the case for all women. Changing hormones can cause a variety of skin changes, and they’re not all glowing. The same things that cause a “glow” in some pregnant women can lead to broken blood vessels, spider veins, moles, skin tags, and acne in others. The good news is that many of these conditions will go away after delivery, and some conditions (like acne) can be treated during pregnancy with the help of a dermatologist.
You’re eating for two! Some myths are scary, but we almost wish this one was true! The fact is though, your baby is small and really doesn’t need 3 extra, adult-size servings to continue developing. Expecting moms who are at a normal weight, only need around 250 to 300 extra calories a day during the last six months of pregnancy.
You should skip the coffee. This is partially true. Women should ease up on caffeinated beverages when pregnant, but one cup of coffee a day is considered okay. Everything in moderation.
All women feel happy during pregnancy. Pregnancy is supposed to be a happy, glorious time, right? Not necessarily. Pregnancy can make many women nervous or anxious, especially if it’s their first. Bottom line: being pregnant doesn’t automatically make you all happy, all the time. Pregnant women can still experience mood swings, anxiety, stress, and other unpleasant emotions. This is normal, pregnant women are still human beings.
Surprised that these myths aren’t true? We don’t blame you. Some pregnancy myths keep circulating years after they’ve been proven wrong. Pass these myths along to your friends and family to stop the spread of misinformation! And before you go and believe another pregnancy myth just remember: take everything you hear with a grain of salt, and when in doubt always ask your pregnancy doctor!