There’s a whole lot of mythology that surrounds pregnancy. Much of it has to do with rare or potential side effects of pregnancy, but much of it is completely made up. Pregnancy has its horror stories, of course, but there are also some mythological benefits.
Here are some of the things you’ve heard about pregnancy that you might wish were true:
- Pregnant women should take it easy. Pregnancy isn’t an excuse to cancel your gym membership, stop doing your yoga, or make your partner wait on you hand and foot. In fact, low impact exercise is an important part of your health as well as your baby’s health during pregnancy. Unless your doctor says otherwise, you should be able to exercise right up until the special day comes. Stay away from high-impact and high-risk exercises, however.
- You’re eating for two. Well, technically this one is true, but not the way you think. The foods you put into your body will affect your baby, so you need to think about that other person while you’re eating. However, you don’t need to double up on portions. You only need about an extra 500 calories a day.
- The sooner it’s over, the better. At some point, you’re likely to feel like there’s not any more room for that baby to grow. The fact is, you need to be patient. Even during those last few weeks before your baby is born, her brain is developing, her bones are hardening, and she’s figuring out how to breathe and swallow. Don’t be in too much of a rush.
- You’ll have a pregnancy glow. Pregnancy does increase your blood flow, and that can make your cheeks look a bit rosy. That’s about the extent of any positive effect pregnancy is likely to have on your skin. More likely, you’re looking at stretch marks during pregnancy instead of a glow, when it comes to skin. You can mitigate the damage by walking and through low-impact exercise (as mentioned above).
- You can predict your baby’s gender. Other than an ultrasound there’s no good way to know whether it’s a boy or a girl. Mother’s intuition, Chinese calendars, and Drano tests are all about 50% accurate – just like any other guess.