6 Pregnancy Myths Debunked

Pregnancy is a magical time for any woman as they look forward to the smiles, giggles and joy that’s to come. More often than not, the time flies by all too quickly, and before you know it, you’re cuddling your new-born and the adventure of parenthood is about to begin!

Here at Image Casting, we often receive enquiries from pregnant women looking to capture the tiny, dainty hands and feet of their newborn as soon as possible, allowing them to remember just how small they are. For that reason, we’ve decided to take a look at some of the myths surrounding pregnancies, uncover the truth and (hopefully) put some minds to rest. 

A pregnancy will result in stretch marks, varicose veins and excessive weight gain ALWAYS.

This simply isn’t the case. As with many aspects of life, every woman’s journey through pregnancy is different, and the way their body reacts to the changes varies from woman to woman. These side effects can be genetic, meaning that no amount of superfoods, vitamins, lotions and creams will prevent them from happening, but some steps may help to lessen the severity. However, there are some women – albeit in the minority – who manage to get through without these effects.

A fast heartbeat means it’s a boy; a slow heartbeat means it’s a girl.

Gender-based myths are always difficult to prove right or wrong; you always have a 50/50 chance of getting it right! However, we don’t suggest relying on the speed of the heartbeat for early guesses at the age. The fact of the matter is that babies heartbeats vary from 110 beats per minute to over 160, making guesswork based on this folklore rather unreliable.

Cut the seafood, as it can be harmful to your baby.

This is rumour makes the rounds even today, with many pregnant women giving up all seafood as, whilst they are with child, there is the fear of harming the baby. Despite this rumour, seafood, in fact, is a great source of Omega-3s, something pregnant women usually take supplements of anyway! These fats are thought to assist the development of both the brain and the eyes. This myth does have some substance, however, and high levels of mercury mean that pregnant women should avoid shark, mackerel, orange roughy, marlin, albacore, tilefish and ahi tuna. If in doubt, always check with your doctor, but don’t rule out all fish just because of this rumour.

Find your cat a new home as soon as you find out you are pregnant.

This might sound mad to you, and we hadn’t heard of this one either, but there is a parasite called Toxoplasma Gondii which is found and transmitted via cat faeces and can be harmful to a developing fetus. However, don’t send Patch packing just yet; most people who have lived with cats are already immune to this. We suggest you hand over cat-litter duties to someone else to air with the side of caution – you deserve a break!

You should exercise as much as possible/not exercise at all.

Different websites will advise different health and fitness regimes during pregnancy and, as always, it’s best to check with your doctor about the best routine for you. Sure, exercise is great during pregnancy and by no means off limits, but you have to remember the changes occurring to your body during this time. As with many things, consider moderation and seek further advice if needed to air on the side of caution.

You can eat as much as you want during pregnancy…you’re eating for two!

While many of us may wish this was the case, and yes, technically, you are eating for two, that doesn’t change the fact that one of them is a lot smaller than the other! If you were to take this literally and double your intake to 4,000 calories, excessive and unnecessary weight gain is inevitable. Experts suggest adding an extra 300 calories to your normal amount is more than sufficient, but they do not usually advise this addition in the form of chocolate, sweets and crisps. Cravings happen, but it’s important to remember that both you and the baby need good nutrients more than ever during this time.

We hope this has settled some queries you may be having over pregnancy do’s and don’ts and provided some truth to the rumours that surround this topic. If you are pregnant and would like to take steps to be more organised following the arrival of your new addition, don’t hesitate to contact us today to discuss your options and arrange baby hand and foot casting so that you can remember just how small and diddy they are forever!