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8 Pregnancy Facts and Myths

Thursday, Dec 29, 2016
8 Pregnancy Facts and Myths

Pregnant Women Shouldn't Eat Sushi

False. Sushi made with raw fish is usually safe to eat as long as the fish has been frozen. However, whether pregnant or not, eating any raw fish has its risks. Sushi made with cooked fish or vegetables is always safe to eat. But there are some types of fish to avoid completely, like swordfish, mackerel, shark, tilefish, and some tuna, as they contain high levels of mercury. Fish is actually very important in a pregnant woman's diet because it contains DHA and EPA – both important omega-3 fatty acids that are hard to find in other foods. So keep eating fish, but avoid the types listed above.

Dying Your Hair Is Bad for Baby

False. Mostly...There have been numerous studies on pregnancy and hair coloring, but none have found any evidence that hair dye harms the baby. Only a small amount of dye is absorbed through the skin, and not enough to be harmful to your baby. However, your doctor may recommend avoiding hair dye until after the first trimester because this is when the baby's major organs are forming.

Pregnant Women Should Eat Lots of Spinach

True. Spinach is high in folic acid, which could help prevent miscarriage and neural tube defects, such as spina bifida. Other foods that are high in folic acid include broccoli, lettuce and asparagus.

The recommended dose is 400 micrograms per day, which you can get from about one and a half cups of spinach.

The Baby's Position in the Womb Will Reveal Gender

False! There are a slew of myths about predicting a baby's sex: Carry low and it's a boy, carry wide and it's a girl. You have a 50% chance of getting it right, but your doctor and an ultrasound is the best way to find out if it's a boy or a girl.

Don't Drink Coffee While Pregnant

False. You've probably heard that caffeine might cause miscarriage, premature birth, or low birth weight. But there is not sufficient evidence to fully prove these facts. However, doctors still recommend to stick to only one 12-oz. cup per day to keep caffeine consumption under 200 milligrams. So you can still enjoy your daily coffee, but stay within the recommended limits to avoid complications.

You Shouldn't Take Baths While Pregnant

False. Baths while pregnant are safe. Most household water heaters are set low enough so the temperature is not an issue and the water temperature quickly reduces. Plus, home bathtubs do not re-circulate hot water. However, it's best to avoid hot-tubs and Jacuzzis.

Pregnant Women Should Eat for Two

False. Just because you are carrying another human inside of your body does not mean it's okay to eat two adult-sized servings. The average woman only needs about 300 more calories per day to support her baby. Changes in your diet while pregnant can have effects after the pregnancy as well. Women who gain more than 40 pounds during their pregnancy have a higher risk of cesarean section, diabetes and hypertension, and their babies are more likely to be overweight when they grow up.

Avoid Flying While Pregnant

False. Many women believe that body scanners, X-ray machines and radiation from high altitudes will harm their baby. However, the amount of radiation that a woman might encounter while at the airport or in an airplane is small and probably not much more than a woman encounters in a normal day. Some airlines do have policies preventing women who are in their third trimester from flying, however only to prevent the possibility of a woman going into labor and forcing the plane to make an emergency stop.

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About the VIA Maternity Center

Doylestown Health’s VIA Maternity Center is rated among the best in the region for maternity care with services available for every stage of pregnancy through the birth experience. The VIA Maternity Center features a 32-bed maternity unit that includes 9 labor, delivery & recovery rooms, 22 private post-partum rooms, and a Level II NICU staffed by CHOP neonatologists.

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