Pregnancy: Separating Fact from Fiction (Part 1)
From the moment you get pregnant, you’re often bombarded with advice on what to do (and what not to do). For many first-time moms, this guidance can be confusing and overwhelming. While you should always consult your doctor for specific health- and pregnancy-related questions, we’re here to address a few common myths and provide some facts to set the record straight:
Eating and Drinking
“You’re eating for two, so eat as much as you want.” This guidance is misleading because pregnant women should only consume about 300 more calories per day.
“You shouldn’t eat sushi.” Contrary to popular belief, sushi can be consumed during pregnancy. It doesn’t contain any parasites or bacteria that can cause birth defects. However, you should still avoid raw meat, which does have harmful bacteria.
“Don’t drink caffeine.” Actually, moderate caffeine intake is permitted; but try to limit your coffee to 200 milligrams per day, the equivalent of one good-sized cup.
“You shouldn’t color your hair.” There’s no medical data to suggest that hair dye causes any problems. As a precaution, you can avoid chemical hair treatments during the first trimester of pregnancy, when the fetus is changing most rapidly.
Pets and Animals
“You need to give up your cat.” You don’t have to give up your cat if you get pregnant, but you should avoid cat feces, which can transmit an infection called toxoplasmosis. Our suggestion: have someone else clean the litter box. You should also avoid contact with pet rodents, such as hamsters, guinea pigs, and mice, as well as reptiles like lizards and snakes.
At LivingWell Pregnancy Centers, we’re here to support you and your growing baby. If you have questions, need advice, or want a free ultrasound, reach out today by calling us at 714-633-4673 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org!