Debunking Pregnancy Myths

Debunking Pregnancy Myths


By Dr Soni AnandGynaecology

It happens that everybody has their own story to narrate about pregnancy and usually, they’re hardly ever true.

To take apart these myths one by one, we’d have to consider each of them closely.

Myth:1 You can’t get pregnant while you’re on your period
This is one of the most widely accepted myths about unprotected sex. With everything said and done, one most certainly can get pregnant even while on her period. Yes, the chances are relatively lower but they aren’t altogether gone. Safe sex is always advised – period or not.

Myth:2 Papaya and pineapple prevent pregnancy
A big no for this one. They’re just fruits. All they’d do is provide your body with vitamins and fiber. This is no validity in this myth, whatsoever.

Myth:3 Contraceptive pills in themselves
These are one of the biggest hoaxes of the era. With a success rate of only 50%, these pills reduce the chances of pregnancy as much as a fruit does. Moreover, they cause way more harm than help.

Myth:4 Spicy foods and sushi should be avoided
Sushi consumption maybe slightly lowered, but you don’t have to give up on anything altogether. Spicy foods on the other hand don’t trigger pre labor at all; they have no relation with labor whatsoever. Some women may have aversion towards specific food or spices which is completely normal, but spices definitely won’t trigger an early labor.

Myth:5 Don’t fly on your first and last trimester
Flying is absolutely safe in every trimester of your pregnancy. Airliners feel they might cause emergency landing due to sudden labor and the gynecologist probably wants them to stay indoors while the due date comes close. Otherwise, it’s perfectly safe to fly.

Myth:6 Pregnant women should eat for two
Pregnant women need an additional 300 calories a day and that can be done through vegetables and small amounts of animal protein.

Myth:7 Say No to Sex
You can still have sex when you’re pregnant. Sex doesn’t physically hurt the baby, who is fully protected by the amniotic sac and strong uterine muscles. A thick mucus plug also seals the cervix. But you still need to watch out for sexually transmitted infections — pregnancy doesn’t protect against that. If you get herpes, genital warts, chlamydia, or HIV, the disease could be transmitted to your baby too.

Myth:8 No Coffee During Pregnancy
Luckily, it is absolutely safe for pregnant moms to have one cup a day. But don’t overdo it – more than 200 mg of caffeine a day might put you at risk preterm labour or miscarriage.