As soon as you tell people that you’re pregnant, you’re going to be bombarded with information and advice from all sides. A lot of it has probably come from books and websites that people have read, and it’s impossible to know which bits of advice are good and which bits are complete nonsense. One of the best things to do is to speak to your doctor. They will be more qualified than your nosey neighbor who read an amazing article online about pregnancy and thinks she’s an expert. These people are likely to be telling you the same old myths about pregnancy that seem to circulate all the time. The problem is, once something is said enough, people start to believe it. A surprising amount of the advice that people follow during pregnancy is not based on any solid evidence whatsoever. If you find yourself drowning in a sea of conflicting advice, here are a few of the more common myths that you should watch out for.
Stress Is Bad
It’s often said that an expectant mother has to maintain a zen-like state throughout the pregnancy otherwise she risks harming the baby. That isn’t strictly true. We all know that too much stress is bad for us, and you’d think that the same is true of an unborn child. Well, it is; too much stress is bad for your baby, but a little bit of stress can be beneficial, so don’t worry if you get a little bit worked up from time to time. It’s bound to happen when you’re trying to deal with the trials of being pregnant. Studies have shown that small amounts of stress can improve the development of the fetus.
This is actually a damaging piece of advice for those who take it to heart. The myth goes that exercise during pregnancy will put too much strain on a body that is already struggling. The reality could not be more different. Exercising too heavily can be a bit too much so keep it fairly light, but make sure that you do something. Mothers that exercise have babies with much healthier hearts; embryo’s have also been known to develop larger brains when the mother’s do regular, light exercise, meaning that they will be more intelligent as adults. So you can see, avoiding exercise can have a huge negative impact on the health of your baby.
One of the most devastating things you get told about pregnancy is that you can’t eat candy anymore. Nobody wants to hear that. Fortunately for you, there is one exception. Chocolate is absolutely fine to eat, within reason of course. Recent studies into chocolate and pregnancy have shown that it is actually good for development. Babies are born with a much better mental state and are far more positive if the mothers have eaten chocolate every day. It has also been linked to reduced risk of blood pressure problems, so you can have chocolate regularly. Just make sure that you don’t eat too much and stick with dark chocolate as it has less sugar in it.