For many women, pregnancy is like a second birth. Many even consider that their life only truly begins the day they give birth. But there is a second group of women who are very worried at the idea of getting pregnant. It has nothing to do with not liking children, but it’s related to some common fears and worries that false information and urban myths have created around pregnancy. In truth, whether you are considering having children or whether you know someone who is, it’s good to get your pregnancy facts checked with science.
Fact #1. You need to change your diet during pregnancy
One spoon for me, one spoon for baby – before you go down this route, you need to know that there is no need for pregnant women to eat for two. All a woman needs to be careful to do is to add 200 extra calories during the third trimester. Additionally, you should also select healthy food, such as healthy oil supplements and a lot of organic ingredients. Algae oil, for example, supports a healthy pregnancy. But it is about keeping plenty of natural vitamins and minerals into your diet. If you are already a healthy eater, there is nothing to change.
Verdict: False, you just need to be healthy.
Fact #2. You can’t exercise anymore
You might hear from some women that a healthy pregnancy is a passive one. But pregnant women, more than anybody else, need to stay fit. For a start, a fit body will facilitate the labor and delivery work. But it isn’t all. It also reduces the risk of forceps delivery and C-section. Besides exercising during pregnancy helps to avoid most of the common pregnancy issues, such as diabetes, aching back, and heavy weight gain.
Verdict: False, you should exercise during your pregnancy.
Fact #3. You can’t get rid of the baby body
There is no way around it: Pregnant women put on weight, even if they exercise and eat healthy, portioned food. But it isn’t a fatality. Real-life moms have tried different methods to get rid of the extra weight rapidly. For example, a mom who exercised while carrying her son and managed to trim down 30 pounds in only 2 months. Another chose to walk every day with her baby and experienced slow but significant results. However, in some cases, it can be difficult to get back to a slim waist if your abs and skin have suffered during the pregnancy. If you see no result at the gym, there’s still the tummy tuck operation to get things back on order. In short, nothing is set in stone.
Verdict: False, if you work out, the weight will melt away.
Fact #4. You need to stay away from cats
Cats are naturally associated with toxoplasmosis. However, if you have a pet cat, you don’t need to fear to pet your furry friend. You need to take care with cat litter, as this is where the parasite that causes toxoplasmosis can live. To avoid any risk, you should empty and clean the tray daily, wearing gloves during the process. However, you may want to get yourself tested in advance, as almost 40% of women are already immune to toxoplasmosis.
Verdict: False, you only need to be cautious with the litter tray or to get someone to empty it for you.