8 Most Common Pregnancy Myths DEBUNKED
Pregnancy is supposed to be a time of great joy and excitement for women, but unfortunately, there can be a lot of stigma and misconceptions attached to it that keep them from enjoying it fully. If you or someone close to you has been pregnant, you’ve no doubt heard various pieces of advice from anyone and everyone that you come across – everything from don’t drink coffee to how you have to banish the cat from the house now.
These can add unwanted stress to an already hormonal period! Thankfully, a lot of these old wives’ tales aren’t actually true, so here’s we’ve debunked some of the most common pregnancy myths for you:
Myth 1: Sushi is banned while pregnant
While it’s generally true that you should stay away from raw or uncooked seafood (and meat) of any kind during pregnancy, not all sushi is made the same. It’s also better to keep your consumption of fish high in mercury (e.g. shark, tilefish, mackerel, tuna) at a minimum. Nevertheless, you can still enjoy a variety of sushi that is prepared with cooked fish and vegetables as well, and even the types of fish we’ve mentioned above, when eaten in very small quantities, should be fine.
Myth 2: Intercourse can hurt the fetus
Morning sickness, bloating, constipation, and anxiety are only a few side effects of pregnancy that might be making you feel less than excited to jump into bed with your partner – but there’s no actual physical reason why you cannot be intimate with them.
There are several layers of skin and the amniotic sac which keeps your baby safe and sound, so there’s no need to worry about or refrain from intercourse unless your doctor specifically warns you against it.