Pregnancy can an exciting time – but also a nervous one and a confusing one. Your body goes through a lot of changes during this time and it can be difficult keeping up with all the “rule changes” and the new things we should be doing. There are many myths and misconceptions around this time concerning your health and fitness, many which are misleading. Here I’ll aim to clear up some of those myths, and advise you too, so keep reading for some essential pregnancy health tips.
Myth: You’re not eating for two.
Many women use the phrase “I’m eating for two now” when pregnant. Unfortunately this isn’t the case though! During your first trimester you should be eating a regular and healthy diet – and definitely not double the amount. Your body will be providing your baby with all the nutrients it needs from what you’re already consuming – so don’t order two meals when you go out for lunch! In your second and last trimester, add up to 300-500 calories a day.
Fact: You need to quit smoking
When you fall pregnant, you really do need to quit smoking. Not just because the toxins harm your unborn baby, but because it is a great excuse to quit for good. If you resume smoking when your baby is born you will be damaging your child’s health then too – so use your pregnancy as the drive you need to quit this nasty habit for good.
Myth: A bit of Wine is OK
To be safe, it’s better to stay clear of alcohol altogether, and the same applies for coffee. There have been many studies and debates over whether alcohol could be acceptable during pregnancy in small amounts – but is it really worth the risk? The sensible amongst us would give up alcohol altogether for their pregnancy – it’s a small sacrifice for a beautiful healthy baby.
Fact: You will get stretch marks
Most women do – and there is nothing you can do to prevent them occurring. Stretch marks will fade in time though, so don’t get too worried about them. It’s all part of pregnancy and every mother-to-be and mother has them.
Fact: You do have to stay away from Cat litter
You don’t have to give your cat away – but handling cat litter should be completely against the rules whilst pregnant because of the infections that could occur from touching it. There is an organism found in it called toxoplasmosis which can cross the protective placenta, so make sure this is one household chore you stay far away from.
Elle-Rose works for XXPress PCR: which will enable women to screen their DNA before falling pregnant.