There’s a lot of misinformation out there about pregnancy. After all, when you’re talking about something that billions of women experience, you’re likely to have just about anything happen.
Each woman’s pregnancy can be different, so it’s hard to pin down exactly what they have in common (besides carrying a baby). Still, there are things that we know aren’t particular common that, if you believe what you see on television or in the movies, you might think are a normal everyday part of pregnancy.
- Pregnancy makes you want to eat ice cream and pickles. This might be true for an occasional woman, but overall it’s not true. However, this myth has some basis in fact. Women often crave certain foods during pregnancy, and those cravings are often a sign of the nutrients the woman needs. For example, a woman who craves pickles may have a sodium deficiency. Pregnant women may crave junk food like sweets or ice cream because those are comfort foods that actually cause your body to produce serotonin.
- Carrying your baby low means you’ll have a boy, while excessive acne means you’ll have a girl. The position you carry your baby is all about your body type. Tall, think women seem to carry higher, shorter fuller women seem to carry lower. Subsequent pregnancies also carry lower on average. And, while your skin may be naturally oily during pregnancy due to changing hormones, it has absolutely nothing to do with predicting your baby’s gender.
- You need to eat enough food for two people. This one is a big myth that’s particularly pervasive in American culture. The fact is that you need to get about 350 additional calories during pregnancy. You are eating for two, but only in terms of the nutrients that you take into your body.
- You shouldn’t eat fish. Fish actually contain a number of the important nutrients that you need during pregnancy, not the least of which is Omega 3 fats which help your baby’s brain development. The trick is to avoid fish that have high levels of mercury and make sure your fish is cooked well.