Welcome to Forest Hills, NY a private medical practice. Everywhere you turn, pregnancy myths are being whispered, shared, and passed down from generation to generation. As an Obstetrician and Gynecologist, I’ve heard them all and I’m here to set the record straight. From misconceptions about cravings to misguided advice about exercise during pregnancy, it’s time to debunk these myths and shine a light on the truth. Let’s dive in, shall we?
The Myth of the Perfect Pregnancy Diet
How many times have you heard someone say that a pregnant person should be eating for two? It’s not true. A healthy diet doesn’t need to be doubled – it needs balance. Sure, you might be hungrier, but that doesn’t translate to consuming twice as much food.
Exercise and Pregnancy
Another common myth is that exercise is dangerous during pregnancy. Not true – regular physical activity can actually help manage some common discomforts of pregnancy and prepare your body for labor. But remember, it’s always important to consult your obstetrician before starting any new exercise regime.
Cravings – A Sign of What’s to Come?
Think your cravings are indicative of your baby’s gender? Think again. Cravings are a common part of pregnancy, but they don’t offer any clues about the baby’s sex. So, if you’re reaching for pickles and ice cream, don’t assume you’ll be welcoming a girl – it’s just your body telling you it needs certain nutrients.
The Full Moon Effect
Ever heard that more babies are born when there’s a full moon? Studies have debunked this myth, showing no significant correlation between the phases of the moon and birth rates. This lunar myth is one to put firmly to bed.
Frequent Bathroom Trips Equal a Big Baby
Finally, let’s address the myth that frequent trips to the bathroom suggest a large baby. This is simply not true. The need for frequent urination during pregnancy has more to do with hormonal changes and not the size of your baby.
So, there you have it – a medical perspective on some of the most common pregnancy myths. Remember, when it comes to pregnancy, every person’s experience is unique. Listen to your body, trust your instincts, and always feel free to ask your doctor about any concerns or questions you may have.