Hi friends! Todays post is to de-bunk all of the crazy wives tales out there that say you have to completely change your life when you get pregnant. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of things that will be different while you’re pregnant, but theres no need to completely change your daily routine or way of living. Chances are, if you were fine doing it pre-pregnancy, you’ll be fine doing it during pregnancy…. with the exception of alcohol.. obviously.
Myth 1: Decaf Only
False! 1-2 cups of regular strength coffee a day is perfectly fine (assuming you were drinking coffee prior to getting pregnant). Studies have proven that a moderate caffeine intake (200 milligrams or less) isn’t likely to harm you or your baby. The same goes for sodas. Obviously this is something you’ll want to discuss with your doctor about, but assuming that you’re at a healthy weight and heart rate, you should be just fine. Side note: I personally couldn’t stomach coffee around weeks 6-12, but now I’m back to having 1 large cup every morning with my breakfast and feeling great.
Myth 2: Goodbye Seafood, Hello Tofu
False! You actually have a greater chance of getting food poisoning from deli meat then you do seafood. So as long as you’re getting your seafood from a reputable source and it didn’t make you sick pre-pregnancy, you’re totally fine enjoying your favorite seafood dishes during pregnancy.
There is always a greater risk of getting sick from raw foods than cooked foods, but even sushi is safe to eat during pregnancy. My advice? Squeeze some lemon on your fish if you’re eating it raw- it helps cut the risk of ingesting bad bacteria.
However, there are certain types of fish you should be weary of due to the mercury content. Eat tuna once a week and you’ll be perfectly fine. The only fish you have to completely avoid is swordfish due to its extremely high mercury content.
Myth 3: No more root touch-ups
False! You are perfectly fine continuing your regularly scheduled hair appointments. Some people worry about the chemicals that could be absorbed into the scalp, but there haven’t been any studies showing conclusive evidence of this.
Rather be safe than sorry? Completely understandable. Hold off on hitting the salon during your first trimester. Thats when all of the babys major organs are being formed. Otherwise, you could look for salons that use natural vegetable based dyes rather than the traditional formula.
Myth 4: So long Mani-Pedi Dates with the bestie
False! No need to cancel your mani-pani dates. You would have to have a crazy amount of exposure to nail polish before there was any chance of an issue. And as far as pedicures go, you don’t need to worry about the manicurist touching the trigger points until later in the third trimester. Even then, you’re still welcome to enjoy the foot massage, just politely tell them that you are pregnant and show them where not to massage if they aren’t familiar with the trigger spots.
Myth 5: Time to Cancel the Gym Membership
False! A moderate amount of daily exercise is actually very good for both you and the baby. Just avoid contact sports or exercises that obviously seem risky or dangerous for the baby. For example, I used to do alternating sprint series on the treadmill where I would turn the speed up really high and sprint for 60 seconds then turn it back down and walk for a few minutes. It’s a great workout but its not safe for someone whose balance is starting to shift forward.
Now I simply switch back and forth from walking at an incline and running at a light jogging pace until I’m out of breath. Personally, I’ve found working out to be significantly tougher, so I’ve been taking it a lot easier during my gym sessions, but theres no need to eliminate them completely. And again, talk to your doctor. I’ve seen body builder women who still continue their usual workouts (with minor tweaks) up until they deliver and their babies were perfectly healthy. Everyone is different.
Hope these help!! Whats the craziest pregnancy myth you’ve heard? Let us know in the comments below, I love to hear peoples crazy notions about what you should and shouldn’t do.