The nine months period leading to your labor is a crucial period for your developing fetus. This period, however, is often enshrouded by myths, old wives’ tales and superstition. Though some of them could be justified by scientific findings, most of them are not and need to be dispelled.  Discover some of these erroneous myths so that they won’t affect you and your baby bump!

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Myth 1: One more mouth to feed

Let’s order two portions of everything! The glutton inside you screamed. Before you start going down the road of one for me and one for my baby, you need to know that this is a big myth that needs to be busted. In fact, the rate of weight gain during pregnancy needs to be monitored conscientiously.  If you put on too much weight during pregnancy, you increase your risk of gestational diabetes, backaches, high blood pressure, and needing a cesarean birth because your baby is very large. On average, pregnant women needs only on average additional 200-300 calories a day on top of daily 2000 calories recommended for adult women.  Recommended weight gain range during pregnancy is within 11-16kg for women with normal weights.

Relevant links: Pregnancy weight gain calculator, Food Guide

Myth 2: Avoid Exercise and Skip the Gym

Oh well, now that you are pregnant, you have a stronger justification for lying on the bed and declaring the state of hibernation.  Contrary to the popular belief, pregnant women are encouraged to keep active and engage in mild to moderate exercises. Exercises during pregnancy would help to alleviate the unpleasant pregnancy discomfort, alleviate mothers’ mood, and even strengthening muscles to assist mothers during labor process. Not only are they beneficial for mothers, exercises during pregnancy have been associated with babies born with higher IQ. To top it off, exercise helps mothers return to their pre-pregnancy shape! Time to get off that chair/bed (after this article) and start moving! However, mothers should avoid certain exercises such as those involving high risk of falling, lying on back, back bend, scuba diving and having to hold breath for extended period of time.

Relevant links: Suggested pregnancy exercises

Myth 3: No to Manicures and Pedicures

Still wanna look pretty and polished during pregnancy? Go ahead and treat yourself! Pedicures and Manicures are perfectly safe during pregnancy.  If you are going to salon parlors to get your nails done, ensure that the areas are well-ventilated. The fumes from those polishes may make you feel queasy. Other than that, the chemicals in those nail polishes have not been identified to have any adverse effects on your pregnancy. In fact, pedicures during the late trimester will help you to alleviate certain pregnancy symptoms such as swollen feet by improving blood circulation, soothing sore feet and of course, making you feel prettier. Do be sure the manicurist doesn’t massage the area between your anklebone and heel as it could trigger contractions.

Myth 4: Say No to Sex

The reason behind this myth is that sex is thought to trigger premature labor.  However, if you are having healthy pregnancy and are not facing issues such as low-lying placenta, heavy bleeding, cervical weakness and vaginal infection, sex is absolutely safe during pregnancy.  Having sex would not hurt your baby as the little one is protected by strong amniotic sac and strong muscles of the uterus. While orgasm may cause mild uterine contractions, the contractions are generally temporary and harmless. So if you are having low-risk pregnancy, you can afford to engage in nookies. You may feel too tiredmoody, or nauseated to make love, especially in the first trimester. However, situations will improve before it gets worse again during the third trimester when you feel achy and too big. Let your partner know how you feel.

Myth 5: Feel Glowing and Happy All The Times

You may think that with the arrival of your little bundle, you will feel glowing and happy all the times. This is certainly not the case. Pregnancy can be overwhelming and cause you to experience a surge of high and low emotions. On average, one in 10 pregnant women would face anxiety, stress and even pregnancy depression. Therefore, you are not alone.  If your mood, or anxieties, is getting in the way of daily life, don’t hesitate to talk to your medical practitioners.