When you become pregnant, you are likely to hear more old wives’ tales than you could have ever imagined existed. While some pregnancy myths are entertaining, some of them can cause unnecessary worrying.
Myth – You’re Eating for Two
Just because you are eating for two does not mean you should eat everything in sight. However, that does not mean you do not need to add some calories to your diet or that you should not indulge occasionally. The recommended amount of calories to add to your diet is three hundred a day.
Myth – Avoid Hair Dyes
A few chemicals in hair dye can absorb through your skin and are not harmful to you or your unborn baby in any way. So, you do not have to walk around with brown roots and blonde hair: color away!
Myth – Skip the Flu Shot
Do NOT skip the flu shot. The flu shot is one vaccine that every pregnant woman should get. Many pregnant women worry that the shot will give them the flu, but this is simply not true. However, the nasal spray flu vaccination does have a small amount of the live virus in it, and a pregnant woman should NOT get that type of flu vaccine from the various other types. The flu vaccination can prevent a lot of misery for a woman and in some cases can be a lifesaver for the mother and unborn baby.
Myth – No to Sex
There is no reason at all (unless instructed by your gynecologist) that a pregnant woman cannot have sex. Sex does not harm the unborn baby. The baby is protected by strong uterine muscles and the amniotic sac, as well as by a mucus plug that covers a woman’s cervix.
Myth – Stay Away from Cats During Pregnancy
There is no reason why you have to avoid your little furry feline family members during pregnancy. It is safe to cuddle and snuggle your cat, assuming that you do not have any allergies to cats. However, changing the litter box is a big no-no! The litter box can cause toxoplasmosis, which is an airborne parasitic disease. So, your significant other will need to be on cat litter cleaning duty while you are pregnant.