Think you know everything you need to about pregnancy? Turns out, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. Set the record straight on some of the most common myths so that you can have a smoother, healthier pregnancy.
Myth: You’re eating for two.
Fact: You only need an additional 300 calories per day. Instead of helping yourself to an extra serving of ice cream, focus on fueling your body with healthy foods, like fruits, vegetables, grains and protein.
Myth: Pregnancy is a happy time for every woman.
Fact: Pregnancy isn’t always joyful for everyone—between 14 and 23 percent of women experience depression during pregnancy. Many different factors can increase your risk for depression, but hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy may play a role. Contact your doctor if you experience symptoms of depression, such as:
- Feeling sad or anxious
- Crying more than usual
- Having problems focusing
- Losing interest in activities you usually enjoy
Myth: You should avoid exercise.
Fact: Being active during pregnancy is healthy, safe and recommended for most women. Exercising during pregnancy helps you maintain your fitness level, avoid gaining too much weight and reduce your risk of developing diabetes during pregnancy. Try to get 20 to 30 minutes of physical activity most days of the week.
Myth: You shouldn’t eat fish because of the mercury.
Fact: Aim to eat two to three servings of fish per week. Seafood is rich in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, which are important for your baby’s growth and development. There are many healthy options that are low in mercury, such as anchovies, salmon, haddock, sole, canned light tuna, flounder, sardines and others.