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Common Pregnancy Myths

Pregnancy is such a huge part of a woman’s life. A lot of changes happen when life starts growing inside of you. Many women may struggle with these changes. However, here are some things that may not need to change. Even if you heard otherwise from your mother-in-law. Here are some common pregnancy myths that many have heard but are not always true.

You Cannot Exercise

Most women are safe to exercise while pregnant. Exercising while pregnant is healthy for both you and the baby unless told otherwise by your doctor. While it is healthy and safe, it is still important to be careful and there are certain types of exercise you should not engage in. For more information on exercising while pregnant, read our guide here.

You Cannot Fly

You are safe to fly while you are pregnant up to a certain point. After 28 weeks you will need a doctor’s note. This is just to inform the airline that you do not have a high-risk pregnancy. Until then, you are free to travel as you please.

You Cannot Eat Seafood

Not all seafood should be ruled out when you are pregnant. Some seafood like salmon can even be healthy for you and your baby. The only seafood to avoid while pregnant include:

  • Any uncooked fish
  • Shark
  • Swordfish
  • King mackerel
  • Tilefish
  • Bigeye tuna (sushi)
  • Marlin
  • Orange roughy

You Cannot Dye Your Hair

While the chemicals used to dye hair can be harmful to your baby, it takes a lot to do any harm. You are safe to still dye your hair and look great while pregnant.

You Cannot Pet Cats

Your furry friends are safe to pet and snuggle. However, it is important to make sure their litter box is cleaned daily. Parasites can develop in unclean litter boxes, causing harm to your baby. Try to have someone else clean the litter box while you are pregnant, if possible.

You Crave the Strangest Things

Most pregnant women do have cravings. However, it is a myth that most women will crave weird and disgusting things. If you ever find yourself craving dirt, laundry detergent, or any other inedible things, contact your doctor. This is not a healthy pregnancy craving and could be a sign of anaemia. This is a blood condition that could be dangerous for you and your baby.

It only takes one or two people for a myth to spread. These common pregnancy myths are only based on a few pregnancies. However, it is most important that you talk to your doctor about anything you are unsure about.

Sources

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/pregnancy-and-fish/art-20044185

https://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/ask-heidi/flying-restrictions.aspx