Pregnancy is a time of incredible change, and it can be hard to know what to do. The truth is, even though your body may not feel like it, you're still very much pregnant! You'll have to take some time off from work, make doctor visits, and eat healthier than ever before. A lot of the things people say about pregnancy are just plain wrong - and those myths aren't just bad for you, they're bad for your baby!
That's why we're here! We've put together this list of pregnancy myths so that you can stop worrying about everything and just enjoy the ride.
- Myth: Prenatal vitamins are not necessary
Fact : Prenatal vitamins are essential for ensuring healthy baby development and promoting fetal growth during pregnancy. They contain folic acid, calcium, iron, vitamin D, and other essential nutrients that support healthy brain development in the womb. If you're taking prenatal vitamins early in your pregnancy (before week 12), you may want to consider switching brands (some brands are better than others).
2. Myth: Doctor check ups are not necessary unless there’s an issue
Fact: You should see your doctor at least once per trimester for checkups. Your doctor will examine you for any signs of problems like premature labor or high blood pressure. You'll also be weighed regularly throughout each trimester so that doctors can track how much weight you gain during pregnancy.
3 Myth: Pregnant women shouldn’t exercise, it is dangerous for the baby.
Fact: Exercise helps improve heart health and lowers blood pressure levels during pregnancy and after childbirth. Regular exercise can help reduce some of the risks associated with obesity in both moms-to-be.
4. Myth: You need to eat a certain amount of protein every day to ensure a healthy pregnancy.
Fact: While protein is an important source of nutrients for pregnant women, protein is not necessary - and too much can actually do more harm than good. Instead, focus on eating balanced meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables and whole grains so that you're getting all the nutrients your body needs while avoiding unnecessary calories or excess fat intake.
5. Myth: Your body will get used to the changes during pregnancy and that your pregnancy will get easier with each passing day.
Fact: The weight gain, fatigue and mood swings associated with pregnancy can be hard on you physically and emotionally. You won't necessarily "get used to it," but you'll adjust to the changes and learn how to cope with them. In other words, expect your body to do everything it can to keep up with the demands of carrying a baby and growing another human being inside you!
6.Myth: You don’t have to use any body lotion or creams during pregnancy as your skin naturally produces more oil to help protect against moisture loss through sweating or goosebumps.
Fact: Your body is still the same, but some of the things it needs to process food and the hormones that are essential for a healthy pregnancy can make you more prone to dry skin.If you’re experiencing dry, itchy skin, applying a moisturizer will help. And if you’re feeling extra dry during pregnancy, use a body lotion that contains shea butter or cocoa butter (which are both natural oils) as these will help replace lost moisture. Your nipples can also get dry. Use Importikaah’s Natural Nipple Cream which soothes and moisturizes dry, cracked nipples. You can continue using it even after childbirth when breastfeeding might cause cracked nipples