Pregnancy: Separating Fact from Fiction (Part 2)
Let’s face it: There are a ton of dos and don’ts to keep track of when you’re expecting. What foods can you eat? What things do you need to avoid? What types of activities are safe for you and your growing baby? For many first-time moms, it can cause information overload—and sometimes be downright confusing. While you should always consult your doctor for specific health-and pregnancy-related questions, we’re here to address a few more common myths and provide some facts to set the record straight:
“Exercising while pregnant can hurt the baby.”
Quite the contrary. Exercise during pregnancy is actually good and important for the health and well-being of both mom and baby. Most doctors recommend pregnant women get between 20-30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise several times a week. You should, however, avoid high-impact sports or activities in which you may fall, like skiing, horseback riding, and bouldering.
Eating & Drinking
“One glass of wine while pregnancy is okay.”
While it’s tempting to have just one glass of wine or a couple of sips of alcohol during your pregnancy, multiple health organizations say that no amount of alcohol is safe when you’re expecting. That’s because drinking alcohol while pregnant is the leading cause of birth defects, and it can also lead to miscarriage or stillbirth.
If you didn’t know that you were pregnant and were still drinking up until you found out early on, don’t worry. As long as you stop consuming alcohol immediately, your baby’s risk of harm is likely low, but please consult your doctor!
“Morning sickness only happens in the morning.”
Not true. Unfortunately, nausea and vomiting (often called “morning sickness”) can happen at any time of the day or night. This misleading nickname probably came about because having an empty stomach (like first thing in the morning) can make nausea feel more pronounced. Try to eat small, frequent meals throughout the day to keep your blood sugar levels consistent.
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, please reach out today by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 714-633-4673.