Today’s grandparents are pretty savvy about most everything, but one thing they may not be keeping up with is pregnancy, so we thought this little exercise might be of interest. After all, your pregnant daughter or daughter-in-law may need your help so it pays to be as up to date as possible. Take this “Moms to be” pregnancy test and then feel confident when your advice is asked for.
Moms to be Quiz
Pregnancy advice comes in all forms during the long nine months of the baby bump. You must ask yourself, how often do you question what is being advised? Below, the doctors at Premama unravel pregnancy myths and offer the refreshing truth in return.
Myth: The shape and size of your belly is an indicator of your baby’s sex.
Truth: A popular belief is that you’re carrying a boy if you belly is low and you’re carrying a girl if your belly is high. The shape and height of your belly is determined by your muscle tone, uterine tone and the position the baby is in. The only real way to determine the sex of your baby is through an ultrasound and sometimes, depending on how the baby is positioned, may not be 100% correct.
Myth: Slathering cocoa butter on your body during pregnancy prevents stretch marks.
Truth: Unfortunately, nothing you can do prevents stretch marks. In all actuality using cocoa butter makes women’s skin more sensitive and some women have allergic reactions to it. Do watch your weight during pregnancy as excessive weight gain contributes to stretch marks.
Myth: Walking can bring on labor.
Truth: Walking is good for you and may make you feel better during pregnancy but does not bring on labor. In fact, there’s no activity that truly induces labor.
Myth: You must avoid coffee while you’re pregnant.
Truth: A cup of coffee is actually safe for a pregnant mama-to-be, just don’t go wild! Keep it to 3 cups or under a day.
Myth: Avoid hair dyes during pregnancy.
Truth: Go ahead and keep your roots in tip top shape during pregnancy. Doctors agree that only a minimal amount of the chemicals from hair dye are absorbed into the skin during coloring and are not believed to cause any harm to fetuses. If you’re concerned, wait until the end of your first trimester, switch to no-ammonia based colorants or opt for an eco-friendly hair color.
Myth: You should avoid fish during pregnancy.
Truth: Eating two servings of fish per week can be healthy for mom and baby. Coldwater fish contain omega-3 fatty acids which help with your baby’s brain development and vision. Avoid fish high in mercury, such as swordfish, shark, tilefish and king mackerel. Salmon, shrimp and canned light tuna are better choices. Always avoid raw fish which can contain parasites.
Myth: Morning sickness is over by the end of the first trimester.
Truth: Morning sickness, although not typical, can last the entire pregnancy. For most women, it does subside by the end of the first trimester. To quell morning sickness until it runs its course, steer clear of foods or odors that trigger it. Try keeping a little something in your tummy at all times to avoid the onset of nausea. Snack on high-carb foods like pretzels, keep mints or ginger candies on hand or suck on ice chips.
Myth: Sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods will cause a miscarriage or preterm labor.
Truth: According to the most recent studies, there’s no evidence that using a computer during the workday increases the incidence of low birth weight babies, preterm labor or other deficiencies in newborns.
Myth: You cannot get pregnant while you’re breastfeeding.
Truth: Yes, you can! Although breastfeeding reduces your fertility, your best bet is to use birth control as well if you’re not planning on another baby in 9 months.
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