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7 Common Misconceptions During Pregnancy | An Expert’s View

It is not surprising for any pregnant woman to be confused about differing pieces of advice coming her way. More often than not, these are myths or misconceptions without any scientific basis. Every woman deserves to have a healthy and stress- free pregnancy devoid of misconceptions and any misinformation.

 

We hope the following facts will address any doubts or concerns you may have about your journey into motherhood.

 

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Misconception #1  

ULTRASOUNDS ARE NOT SAFE

Fact 

There are no harmful effects of ultrasound scans but they should be done with care and by certified sonographers only when medically required. Ultrasounds are usually recommended in the first trimester at 12 weeks, and then again in the second trimester, between 18-20 weeks. Expecting mothers must get these ultrasounds done to monitor fetal growth and development and identify any causes of concerns early on.

 

Misconception #2​

CESAREAN IS THE BETTER OPTION. It is often perceived that a cesarean is less stressful for the mother and baby, and quicker as compared to a vaginal delivery.

Fact

In reality though, a vaginal delivery maybe safer for both mother and baby.The stress of a vaginal delivery actually benefits the baby as does the vaginal flora it picks up as it passes through the birth canal. Pregnant women must remember that a cesarean is a major surgery and should be done only in the case of a clear medical reason. Sometimes women may be advised a cesarean because of cord around neck or gestational diabetes but these situations don’t always require a cesarean. A normal delivery is possible in these cases, contrary to the popular belief. Expecting couples should try for a vaginal delivery as it benefits both mother and baby. Mothers have a quicker recovery and babies may have lower risks of diabetes, asthma and obesity in later life.

 

Misconception #3

REVEALING YOUR PREGNANCY EARLY IS BAD LUCK

Fact

Another common concern is that expecting mothers should not disclose their pregnancy within the first three months. This fear is grounded on the higher miscarriage rate in the first trimester. But it is imperative that mothers seek medical guidance and and go for regular prenatal appointments so that they don’t miss out on anything important. Monitoring the fetal development is important in early pregnancy. A doctor can also prescribe important supplements for the healthy development of the baby. If experiencing excessive nausea and vomiting, your doctor may help you by prescribing safe and effective medications. If you work in an industry or environment that might put your baby under risk, it’s better to tell sooner than later!

 

Misconception #4

TRAVELLING DURING PREGNANCY IS DANGEROUS

Fact

The second trimester is the best time to travel as physical discomfort, morning sickness and nausea are the least in this period. Expecting women must keep themselves well-hydrated and carry along home-cooked food, if allowed. When going on a long journey, you must walk around every 1-2 hours and visit the washroom when needed. It is a good idea to research the medical facilities in your destination in case of an emergency.

 

Misconception #5

DRY FRUITS SHOULD NOT BE CONSUMED IN EARLY PREGNANCY

Fact

Dry fruits are actually not just a great source of calories but also of fiber, iron, calcium and boosts good cholesterol that benefit both mother and the growing baby. Dates and dried figs are excellent sources of fiber which aid in digestion. If you are experiencing severe morning sickness, then few raisins can be consumed to curb it and to boost your appetite. You should eat dry fruits in moderation as they might otherwise lead to you and your baby pilling up more kilos than required or might encourage gestational diabetes due to high sugar content in some dry fruits. Conclusion In this joyous and exciting phase of pregnancy, do away with the myths that grow on your fears. Instead, consult and confirm with your doctor before following any advice to prevent doing more harm than good.

 

Misconception #6

CELL PHONES, MICROWAVES AND EVEN COMPUTERS ARE HARMFUL

Fact

Computers have been scientifically proven to be totally safe. As for microwaves, you are at risk of getting radiated only if there is a leakage. To be on the safer side maintain a safe distance while they are on. Similarly cell phones do not harm your baby in any way either.

 

Misconception #7

 PREGNANT MOTHERS CRAVE FOR PICKLES AND ICE CREAM

Fact

Particular food cravings like these may occur, but this is not universal. The thing is that mothers who crave for pickles are actually craving for salt. Additional minerals are particularly important in pregnancy. Similarly, pregnant mothers who crave for junk foods such as ice cream do so because junk food is associated with comfort. Sugar found in sweet foods cause the body to produce serotonin, which makes the mother feel good.

 

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By Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research

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