If you’re trying to conceive, or have just found out you’re expecting; you’re probably facing a variety of overwhelming emotions. Included with these is most likely the insatiable need to learn all there is to know about pregnancy. You may be under the assumption that there are many lifestyle changes you’ll need to make to ensure a healthy pregnancy for your baby. We’re sure that over the years you’ve heard varying pregnancy “to do’s,” and don’t be surprised if you receive a lot of unsolicited advice throughout your pregnancy too. Not everything you’ve heard or will be told, however, is correct. In fact, pregnancy is plagued with many myths that just aren’t true. Let’s dispel a few of them once and for all.
Myth: “Just one drink won’t hurt!”
Truth: Study upon study, including those performed by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), has shown that the consumption of alcohol during pregnancy can lead to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. The truth is that the “just one drink” myth has never been proven. There is no safe amount or a safe time during pregnancy to drink alcohol. A little could cause serious health problems for the baby, while a lot could not affect whatsoever. Every pregnancy is different, and there’s no way to say what amount is “safe” for your unique pregnancy.
Myth: You can’t eat cheese during pregnancy
Truth: Some cheeses, particularly those that are unpasteurized, can cause food-borne illnesses that could cause health issues during pregnancy. Not all cheese is risky though, and finding a pasteurized cheese that you enjoy is the key to ensure you remain healthy during the pregnancy.
Myth: Overindulgence is ok – you’re eating for two!
Truth: While the intake of a few extra calories to give into your pregnancy cravings won’t hurt, you certainly don’t need to eat enough for two. In fact, on average, women only need roughly 300 additional calories a day while they are in the second and third trimesters of pregnancy.
Myth: Food cravings mean you’re lacking a vital nutrient
Truth: While it’s fun to tell ourselves this because it may help you overcome any guilt you may feel by eating junk food, craving ice cream, candy bars, and fast food certainly doesn’t mean you aren’t receiving optimal nutrition. You’ll have cravings on and off throughout your entire life, not just during pregnancy. While we think it’s okay to give in once in a while, it’s certainly isn’t a health concern or a vitamin deficiency issue.