We don’t have to be pregnant to get tips and advices from other women about pregnancy!
One thing about mouth-to-mouth advices passed down from our mothers, grandmothers, aunts or even friends is that it rarely comes with solid supporting evidences.
Here are some common pregnancy tips that turns out to be, umm..
1. Predicting The Gender Of The Baby
Many techniques for predicting the gender of the baby is proposed by a lot of people from many different background but most common, you probably have heard of it, is from using the shape of a pregnant woman’s face or belly.
These methods are proven to be inaccurate to indicate baby gender.
2. Experiencing Heartburn Means The Baby Will Have Lots Of Hair
Some of it may be true as a small study found that women with mild to severe heartburn gave birth to a baby with hair.
It may be due to pregnancy hormones that affect both hair growth and lower part of the oesophagus.
However, there is limited evidence to confirm whether it is true or not.
3. Women Cannot Exercise During Pregnant
It is actually better for you and your baby to stay active during pregnancy.
It is safe and healthy.
As long as you do not have any complications, you may continue with the exercise that you did before.
To those women who never exercise before, you can start this as a new routine.
Staying fit during pregnancy can help reduce backaches, breathlessness, and many more pregnancy effects.
4. Eating For Two
It is a total myth if you stated that “one for me and one for the baby”.
Overeating can be harmful to both mum and baby especially if the diet contains a lot of empty calories.
Here is the calories intake that you should take throughout the pregnancy:
- First trimester: No extra calories are necessary
- Second trimester: An additional 340 calories per day
- Third trimester: An additional 450 calories per day is recommended
5. No Cats Allowed
Many pregnant women are trying to avoid contact with cats during pregnancy because they heard that cats can cause an infection.
As a precaution, you can wear gloves or ask someone else to change the litter.
However, this only applies to domestic cats (your pets).
You may still need to be extra careful with stray cats, pregnant or not, especially with their scratches!
6. You Cannot Drink Coffee
You can always have your coffee but limit your caffeine intake to 200 mg or less.
This amount equals to 105 cups of 8 ounces coffee.