Growing up as a young woman, you may have heard some stories from your mother regarding do’s and don'ts when you’re pregnant. Most likely, they would be considered silly nowadays, however, you’ve held them in high regard and, in some ways, almost take it as the truth itself.
We’re here to let you know that most of them are wrong! But don’t worry, We’re here to give you what to do instead and they actually work... in some ways, even better!
Myth 1: Craving sweets means you're expecting a girl, salt if you're expecting a boy
- There are no known scientific studies that support this myth
- Old wives tale made due to women being generally "sweeter" in nature while boys are salt due to being associated with meat and protein sources tend to be salty
- Was also created since there was no way of knowing what your baby’s gender would be, so people tried to take fate into their hands through the food
What to do instead: Just be mindful of what you eat. Nothing you eat can influence the gender of your baby.
Myth 2: You can't make love while pregnant as it might hurt the baby
- The possible root of this is due to the concern of the penis accidentally poking the baby, causing unknown physical and possible psychological harm.
- The baby is protected by the amniotic sac and strong uterine muscle within the uterus, and this means that the baby will not be "poked" during lovemaking.
- When orgasms do occur, contractions happens outside of the uterus, making baby safe from harm
What to do instead: As long as you keep the lovemaking at a calm, smooth rhythm, you won't have to worry about your baby's health during lovemaking.
Myth 3: Eating more than double the normal food intake to accommodate baby's health
- Prenatal mother only need 300 extra calories to accommodate baby's nutritional needs
- Women who gain 50 pounds beyond the normal prenatal weight would have a higher risk of Cesarean birth delivery
- Be careful, as over-eating would also risk the baby to grow obese
What to do instead: Have a routine check-up with your doctor and consult with a nutritionist if needed to keep the weight within. Also, focus more on the quality of your calories, not just adding it for the sake of accommodating the baby
Much like how a broken glass can give you 7 years of bad luck, myths stated above are mainly old stories that somehow stuck with people, mostly cause by uncertainty and, at some point, coincidence. Hope these can help you open up your mind for more positive experiences while carrying your baby.
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