Oh the pregnancy myths that have been passed on from generations! And if you’re Indian, you know for a fact that most of the advice that you get from aunties is based not on facts and research but superstition. I mean I’m not saying that everything they say is wrong but well most of the things yes. And as if the what you’re already dealing with in terms of physical and emotional changes wasn’t enough, there’s an endless number of ‘experienced’ women telling you what to do and what not to do, making your pregnancy journey all the more smooth. NOT.
Here we bust some of the most common pregnancy myths that most of us believe to be true but actually aren’t.
MYTH # 1 – Eating for two
I understand that once you get pregnant, you have to be more cautious about what you eat. But that in no way means that you have to hog everything you see laid on the dinner table and satisfy your conscience that you’ve eaten for two. Your and your baby’s eating capacity isn’t the same. It just needs the basic nutrients from food that you eat. In fact, if you read this on American Pregnancy Association (which is a very very helpful website btw) and this on webmd you will realize that you just need an extra 300 calories a day!
MTYH # 2 – It’s okay if you want to have a drink
It’s mostly the modern aunties who’d suggest you take a sip of the champagne toast at a (kitty) party and they may even tell you how they used to drink once in a while and their kids turned out just fine. Well, don’t believe them because it isn’t safe AT ALL. From my research, there isn’t a safe amount of alcohol you can consume in pregnancy and the doctors are divided in it too. Some suggest you completely avoid while others suggest you could have a sip once in a while. Why would you want to risk the health of your baby? Stay safe and avoid alcohol at all costs.
MYTH # 3 – Special care needs to be taken during solar/lunar eclipse
OK so one of the pregnancy myths I just don’t understand is this. What is it with eclipses and pregnancy? They are such an unnecessary source of additional anxiety during pregnancy. OK so maybe staying indoors during an eclipse isn’t as bad because the rays from sun maybe too strong or something. But not sleeping during an eclipse? Not tying hair? No knots? No laying down cross-legged? Eating only after the eclipse is over? I mean where is the logic behind it all? I understand sometimes you have to do it out of fear or to satisfy your moms (-in-law) but this is just ridiculous. What happens if you don’t do it all? ‘They’ say the baby is born with a cleft lip. But food for thought – aren’t these defects genetic and not planetary?
MYTH # 4 – Say no to wearing heels
Well one more of the many pregnancy myths is that you should stop wearing heels the moment you find out you’re expecting. Haven’t you seen pregnant celebrities wear heels all the time? If they can, so can you. The trick is maintaining the balance in heels is all. Of course chances of tripping in heels are more as and when your pregnancy progresses, but the safest bet would be to wear 1 – 1 1/2 inch heel. Avoid wearing very high heels if you can or wear wedges if you must. But I don’t think why anyone should completely ban heels from their life in pregnancy.
MYTH # 5 – Drinking desi ghee
If you’re only motive is to gain triple the weight you have at present, then drinking desi ghee is the way to go. But why would you want to add to your daily calorie count unnecessarily? It is unsaturated fat, will only make you fat, it won’t lead to labour in your 9th month and will definitely not make the labour any smoother if you’ve heard so. The only exception is that if you’re underweight and your doctor suggests you put on a few extra pounds for healthy pregnancy, please have it a go with desi ghee. Otherwise please give it a pass.
Now for you. What are some of the pregnancy myths you’ve heard of or maybe even followed because you had to?