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Debunking 5 Pregnancy Myths

When you're expecting, you can also expect plenty of prenatal care advice on what to eat and drink – and what to avoid.

The prenatal care advice will come in many forms. It can be overwhelming. To help moms-to-be, here is a list of common pregnancy-related myths.

5 Pregnancy Myths

  1. No caffeine: If you are the type of person that enjoys a cup of coffee in the morning or some at lunch, go ahead and have one small cup per day. As long as you stay under 150 milligrams of caffeine, it is safe to have a cup of joe in your day.
  2. No sushi: Indulge your palate. Just make sure you avoid seafood containing high levels of mercury like fresh tuna. Stick to safer seafood like salmon and shrimp. That’s also excellent advice, even when you’re not pregnant.
  3. No soft cheeses: You’ll be fine as long as the cheese is pasteurized. Go ahead and enjoy that bleu cheese salad without hesitation.
  4. Eat and eat some more. You’re eating for two, right?: Sorry to break it to you here, but you only need about 300 extra calories per day as a pregnant woman. Keep eating a regular healthy diet consisting of fruit; vegetables; dairy products; breads and grains; and proteins.
  5. You’re pregnant, you can’t exercise: This myth is false. Keep exercising. Light exercise until delivery is safe and healthy for you and your baby.

– Dr. Sara Swift
Dr. Sara Swift, MD, is a female doctor specializing in OB/GYN, Obstetrics, Robotic Surgery Gynecological, Infertility, and Gynecology.