Myths about Pregnancy

By:Meenakshi Chaudhary, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Apr 29, 2013

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Pregnancy is one of the most important events in a woman's life. Take a look at the 10 biggest pregnancy myths that keep popping up.
  • 1

    Sex during pregnancy is unsafe.

    Sex during pregnancy is completely safe as long as you aren’t experiencing any difficulties.  Some women don’t feel like having sex when they are pregnant while some feel frequently aroused. Many women even admit to having an orgasm for the first time while pregnant. Some women may not have sex during pregnancy because of their assumption that having sex can hurt the baby. Intercourse during pregnancy cannot hurt the baby as normal sexual activities do not influence the uterine cavity where the baby is hidden. Feel free to enjoy your sex life during pregnancy until your doctor does not advise you otherwise. (Image source:Gettyimages)

  • 2

    When pregnant, you have to eat for two.

    Being pregnant doesn't mean two adult-sized servings are necessary. An average woman with a normal weight and pre-pregnancy needs of only about 300 extra calories per day can promote her baby's growth. A woman of normal weight should ideally gain 25 to 35 pounds during pregnancy and even less if she's already overweight. (Image source:Gettyimages)

  • 3

    Pregnant women crave for pickles and ice-cream.

    Pregnancy doesn't make women crave for certain edibles. Such cravings actually tell what the body needs. Women who crave for pickles are really craving salt and may be mineral deficient. Many women crave junk foods such as ice cream during pregnancy because junk food is assumed to be amongst comfort-inducing foods. The sugars found in sweet foods and in breads, pasta and rice cause the body to produce serotonin, which makes women feel good. (Image source:Gettyimages)

  • 4

    Pregnant women shouldn’t eat fish.

    Although, women are told not to eat fish due to mercury levels and fear of food poisoning, women may choose to eat fresh fish with low mercury levels because fish oil benefits the baby. If a pregnant woman is uncomfortable eating fish, taking fish oil supplement instead can also work wonders. (Image source:Gettyimages)

  • 5

    Spicy food brings on labor.

    There is no known food that can induce labor. The exact cause of labor is unknown, but it’s believed that the fetus sends a signal which may make the uterus contract and go into labor. There are no statistics on this theory. To date there has not been any research that concludes that eating any spicy foods will start the contractions early. (Image source:Gettyimages)

  • 6

    Foetal heart rate can indicate baby’s sex.

    A normal fetal heart rate is between 120 and 160 beats per minute (bpm), though some people believe that if it’s faster, it’s a baby girl and if it’s slower, it’s a boy. But, there has been no study that conclusively shows that heart rate can predict a fetus’ gender. Your baby’s heart rate will differ depending on the age of the fetus and activity level at the time of the visit. (Image source:Gettyimages)

  • 7

    One cannot have X-rays and should avoid microwaves, computer terminals.

    There is no conclusive evidence to suggest that microwaves or computer terminal expose women or their foetuses to harmful radiation. However, unnecessary radiation exposure should generally be avoided while pregnant. (Image source:Gettyimages)

  • 8

    If your mother had an easy delivery, so will you.

    Genetic have no role in predicting how easy or difficult your pregnancy and delivery will be. Lifestyle factors, your diet, the size and position of the baby, play a role in determining how things will be. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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