Fact or Fiction? Pregnancy Myths Busted
Pregnancy myths float around everywhere: online, word of mouth, in books, etc. It’s important to recognize the facts AND the fiction that exists out there. Here are a few pregnancy myths you’ve probably heard one or twice, and the truth behind them.
Myth: Pregnant women should stay away from exercise.
Reality: Stay fit while pregnant! When a pregnant woman exercises, her fetus get a few benefits as well. Studies have shown that women who exercise during pregnancy provide their baby with better cardiovascular health, and overall better health when developing. It also benefits you! Light to moderate exercise (especially swimming) helps with moods, back pain, and circulation. Ask your doctor which exercises may be best for you and your baby.
Myth: Pregnant women should avoid eating seafood.
Reality: Sound fishy? That’s because it is. Eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids and low in mercury during pregnancy can help in a child’s cognitive development. Studies have shown that mothers who ate at least twelve ounces of seafood a week give birth to children who later possess a high verbal IQ, better communication skills, and motor skills. It will also make you feel sharp! Omega-3s are beyond good for you – they help lower the risk of heart disease, depression, dementia, and arthritis.
Myth: Pregnant women should not eat sweets.
Reality: Have a sweet tooth? You’re in luck. As long as you moderate your sugar intake, you’ll be good to go. Studies show that eating dark chocolate, which is high in antioxidants, can help lower your risk of developing preeclampsia, a dangerous high blood pressure condition. Incorporate sweets with healthy benefits! Throw some fruit on a piece of sponge cake, or mix some dark chocolate or berries in your yogurt!
Myth: All women feel happy during pregnancy.
Reality: Feeling down? You are not the only one. Studies show that at least 20% of pregnant women experience anxiety or depression. Depression during pregnancy is no easy feat – if you’re feeling depressed, talk to your obstetrician about possibly seeing a therapist. This could help you gain useful tools to manage your depression and anxiety.