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Pregnancy myth busters
There are many reasons why I haven’t had a child yet. One, it scares the crap out of me. Two, it’s probably going to hurt like hell. And three, I love sushi, coffee, soft cheese and sleeping on my stomach way too much. I also have absolutely no idea what being pregnant entails, besides what I’ve seen in the movies, on the TV and general word on the street. So it’s very possible that my knowledge of pregnancy is made up of true and false facts. But today I’m going to set the record straight and separate the fact from fiction.
PREGNANCY MYTH #1 Your skin glows during pregnancy
TRUE. Your blood flow increases during pregnancy, giving your complexion more colour. Pregnancy hormones can also cause the skin’s sebaceous glands to release sebum which makes the skin look shiny. A combination of the two can make skin look like it’s glowing.
PREGNANCY MYTH #2 Some skin care products aren’t safe for pregnant women.
TRUE. It’s best to steer clear of skin care products that contain retnoids and salyicylic acid. Most mums find it safest to switch to natural products. WOTNOT Naturally Nurturing Facial Wipes – for sensitive skin are great for removing all kinds of make-up, while Natural Instincts Day Cream SPF30 will safely hydrate and protect your ‘glowing’ complexion.
PREGNANCY MYTH #2 You shouldn’t drink coffee while pregnant
FALSE. Don’t go coffee crazy, but there is no solid proof that a cup a day will cause any harm to junior.
PREGNANCY MYTH #4 Pregnant women can’t eat sushi
FALSE. (sort of.) Dietician Melinda Johnson says that cooked sushi is a yes, but raw is a no. “Raw sushi may contain bacteria that can make you sick during pregnancy. Your immune system is suppressed during pregnancy so your body won't attack the growing fetus, but this means you're more susceptible to getting sick from food.”
PREGNANCY MYTH #5 Pregnant women shouldn’t eat sweets
FALSE. parents.com says that “Women who eat five or more servings of chocolate each week during their third trimester have a 40 per cent lower risk of developing the dangerous high blood pressure condition known as preeclampsia.” YAY CHOCOLATE!
PREGNANCY MYTH #6 Pregnant women can’t sleep on their stomach
FALSE. Obstetrician and gynecologist Catherine Lynch says, “There's no problem lying on your stomach in early pregnancy. At this point, your uterus is still nestled behind your pubic bone, so it's totally protected. Later in your pregnancy, sleeping on your stomach just isn't going to be comfortable. You'd be too uncomfortable to want to do it long before you could ever hurt your baby.”
What’s the craziest pregnancy myth you’ve ever heard? Were you surprised by any of the above myth busters?