Debunking Pregnancy Myths

3 May 2017

If you’re pregnant, you’re probably getting lots of advice from friends and family members.  You’re also likely to hear some amusing old wives’ tales such as, if you’re carrying high, it’s a girl and if you’re carrying low, it’s a boy.  While some pregnancy myths are just a bit of fun, not all pregnancy myths are as entertaining.  Some myths can prompt undue worry and stress for expectant mothers, so we thought we’d reveal which ones are true and which pregnancy myths are false.

Pregnancy Myths: True Or False?


Myth 1: Using Cocoa butter will help to prevent stretch marks.  False.  This common pregnancy myth can actually cause sensitivity and irritation for some women.  In severe cases, some women can have allergic reactions.

Myth 2: Flying in Your Third Trimester.  False.  This is, in fact, false.  You can actually fly whenever you want, however, some airlines won’t allow you to fly during your last trimester as they are concerned about you going into labour whilst on the flight.

Myth 3: Keep Fish off your Plate.  False.  A lot of expectant mothers believe they can’t eat salmon.  In fact, salmon is good for mother-to-be as it is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which has a variety of benefits for both mum and baby.  As salmon is a freshwater fish, the likelihood of mercury poisoning is very low.

Myth 4: No More Hot Baths.  True.  While pregnant you should avoid Jacuzzis, saunas or anything that will quickly raise your body temperature.

Myth 5: Caffeine Is a No-Go.  False.  Many expectant mothers will be happy to hear that a cup a day won’t do any harm.  But don’t go nuts on the caffeine intake!

Myth 6: You Should Be Eating for Two.  False.  A lot of expectant mothers will be surprised to hear that carrying a baby only requires you to eat an extra 300 calories a day.

Myth 7: Avoid Hair Dyes.  False.  There’s no need to sport darker roots with your maternity wardrobe as any chemicals will be absorbed in minimal amounts, which aren’t harmful to the baby.

We hope we’ve managed to debunk some of the classic pregnancy myths that could cause any expectant mothers worry or stress.  If you’re still unsure about your pregnancy or have questions about what to expect as a new parent, here at the Birkenshaw Clinic we offer a number of useful workshops that provide you with all the necessary information to ensure you and your baby are happy and healthy.