Myth 1: Eat three healthy meals a day
False! You should be eating six or seven small meals (every two to three hours). Eating frequently and from various food groups will keep your blood sugar in a constant range, which is healthy for you and your baby. Don’t obsess about food what was good for you pre-pregnancy is good for you now. So go ahead and have that ice cream sundae with chocolate drizzle.
Myth 2: You’re eating for two
False! Pregnancy is not a time to pig out. You certainly have a bit more leeway when it comes to a second helping of dinner, but on average women need only about 300 extra calories a day.
Myth 3: It’s okay to have a drink
False! Choosing to have a few sips during a champagne toast or abstaining from alcohol completely is ultimately a personal decsion, but know that numerous studies have linked drinking during pregnancy with an increased risk of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) say that pregnant woman should completely avoid alcohol during pregnancy. The birth defects associated with alcohol during pregnancy are completely preventable.
Myth 4: Decaf only
False! One small cup of coffee a day is perfectly fine. While a recent study at McGill University in Montreal did find that the caffeine in two to three cups of coffee a day increases the risk of miscarriage, it did not consider how the coffee was brewed and the type of coffee used. Moderate caffeine intake isn’t likely to harm you or your baby. The same goes for sodas with a caffeine jolt.
Myth 5: I should tilt my lower body upward to help the sperm get to my egg
False! There’s absolutely no evidence that shows shifting gravity in your favor will increase your chances of getting pregnant. So after sex, just relax!
Myth 6: I’ll get pregnant if we have sex 14 days after my period
False! This is one of the biggest misconceptions! Unless you’ve got a perfect, completely consistent, 28-day cycle (which is so not the norm for most women), you aren’t always most fertile on day 14. How can you tell your most fertile days? Track your common fertility signs, especially the changes in cervical fluids.
Myth 7: Skip the gym
False! Actually, many docs say that in most cases, low-impact workouts can be a great way to control your weight and prep for baby. Just avoid contact sports or exercises that involve lying on your back (which reduces blood flow to you brain and uterus) or ab workouts.
Myth 8: They’ll know you’re not a natural blonde!
False! Being pregnant does not have to compromise your appearance (at least not above the belly), but you do need to be smart. While there is a theoretical risk associated with coloring your hair (chemicals being absorbed through the scalp), studies have not shown anything conclusive. You should avoiding dye your hair for at least the first trimester, when the baby’s organs are forming. Relieve worries by opting for a natural vegetable dye over a semipermanent or permanent product.
Myth 9: “Saving up” sperm will help us get pregnant faster
False! Max sperm counts are seen at around 24- to 48-hour intervals, so “saving up” sperm for the big occasion won’t help your cause much. In fact, it may actually decrease your chances of conceiving.
Myth 10: Pregnant women shouldn’t eat sweets.
False! There’s a big exception to this rule: chocolate. New studies show that pregnant women who eat chocolate every day during pregnancy have babies who show less fear and smile and laugh more often at six months of age. Another study finds that women who eat five or more servings of chocolate each week during their third trimester have a 40 percent lower risk of developing the dangerous high blood pressure condition known aspreeclampsia.