The eight most common myths associated with pregnancy

Despite the active development of science and medicine, the availability of professional doctors and no less professional equipment, the appearance of a new little man still seems to be a mystery and a miracle. 

Next to any pregnant woman, there is a “wise” and a former well-wisher who will explain that crocheting will cause a crocheting of the umbilical cord, and going to the hairdresser will take away the health of the baby.

What are the prohibitions related to pregnancy, it is worth listening to, and what better to ignore, learned the correspondent of SE.

Myth 1. The sex of the child can be predicted

If you ask your friends about it or listen to the conversations of pregnant women in a women’s consultation, you can learn a lot of new and curious. For example, that if you want a salty, then there will be a boy, and if a sweet one is a girl. Unable to wait for the time when the sex of the child can be examined by ultrasound, women listen attentively to their needs and look at the unique Chinese tables that predict sex according to different parameters of the mother.

Even if any of these methods seems logical and reliable, there is no scientific research supporting this or that method. “You can not believe in this,” said Lyudmila Daychman, head of the gynecological department of the Road Clinical Hospital. – If someone tries to predict the sex of the child in this way – please. But this is not serious. ”

Myth 2. Hair coloring can harm a child

A pregnant woman with overgrown roots is often treated with understanding, believing that “chemistry”, applied during pregnancy, will negatively affect the fetus. According to Lyudmila Daychman, there is some truth in the fear of experimenting with hair (it’s about staining, not about haircuts): “In grandmother’s tales there is a sound grain. Preparations, paints, various irritants can cause allergic reactions. In addition, they may contain toxic components.

When a woman carries a child, the main thing is to not harm him. Therefore, if you need to improve the appearance, which is already not bad, then, probably, it’s better to abstain. ” If you still need to clean yourself up with chemistry, be careful with the choice of paint. “It is necessary to abandon the use of dubious, uncertified cosmetic products, – recommends Lyudmila Tsarenko. “And not just during pregnancy.”

Myth 3. During pregnancy, you need to eat twice as much.

What the future mother eats is the only source of nutrients for the baby. That is why there is a need for their additional sources. But this does not mean that you should eat twice as much. “In no case should you eat for two,” says the obstetrician-gynecologist at the medical center “Zdravitsa”. – There is a need for two, and at the same time adhere to the food pyramid, in the basis of which – carbohydrates, then proteins, and on top of fat. ” Quality of products is more important than quantity. A pregnant woman needs more vitamins, minerals and nutrients than before. It is believed that a woman in the position should consume 2500-2700 calories, and this, you see, is not so much.

Myth 4. Edema, heartburn and toxicosis – indispensable companions of pregnancy.

The fact that happiness is a difficult mother to be, sometimes frightens those who have not yet become a mother, and depresses those who will become it in the near future. However, according to experts, severe cases of toxicosis are found only in 10% of pregnant women. “Of these satellites pregnant women are most often concerned about heartburn, especially in the third trimester. Edema and toxicosis are not overtaken by everyone, “says Lyudmila Tsarenko.

According to Lyudmila Daychman, all these unpleasant manifestations are only elements of the wrong way of life: “Young women who watch their health intelligently enter into pregnancy, eat well, have a normal emotional background, when a child needs both parents, as a rule, they have less these manifestations. ”

Myth 5. Women necessarily grow fat after giving birth

Often, potential mothers express fears for their figure, which will undergo changes after delivery, and not for the better. It is believed that a chiseled figure and the birth of a child are incompatible things. “It does not always happen, but you need to count on it,” warns Lyudmila Daychman. – Pregnancy involves changing the figure, increasing body weight. This is due to a change in the hormonal background and lifestyle, breastfeeding. And if the woman is not Scarlett O’Hara, who is just getting good from delivery, then a few months after the birth of the child will have to try to bring the exterior to an ideal state. ”

Myth 6. It is better to give up physical activity during pregnancy

Today, there are so many problems during pregnancy that, fearing for their child, even healthy women are sometimes afraid to move once again in the literal sense of the word. “Pregnancy is nurtured, but not cured,” warns Lyudmila Tsarenko. “It’s worthwhile to set aside sport and prefer special physical education or swimming.” According to Lyudmila Daychman, there are cases when the supervising doctor limits the workload and even puts the woman in the hospital: “But in general, an active way of life is necessary – within reasonable limits: of course, it is not worth playing volleyball.”

Myth 7. The second time to give birth easier

Women’s forums are full of joyful exclamations that each time the birth will pass all easier and less painful. Gynecologists do not see this pattern. “A person can be better morally and physically ready, to imagine better the situation, to understand how contact with the doctor and the birth act itself takes place,” says Lyudmila Daychman. But for all that, there are a lot of features that are not dependent on women, which are difficult to plan or predict in advance.

Myth 8. Pregnant woman capricious and irritable

Changes in one’s own body bring with them changes related to emotions. Sometimes they go beyond the bounds of decency and force others to believe that pregnancy can lead to hysteria and capriciousness. “Irritability and capriciousness are properties of character, not signs of pregnancy,” says Lyudmila Tsarenko. “Although, of course, pregnant women are more emotionally labile.” According to Lyudmila Daychman, overflowing emotions are connected with the fact that a woman worries about how her pregnancy will be carried out, how she will give birth: “A person is in an unusual situation for himself, childbirth is the same event”.

A variety of superstitions are often not without foundation. But if some predictions of girlfriends make you afraid, it’s better to check the information before you believe it.

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