So this week I’m going to write about pregnancy myths! For years I’ve thought that some pregnant women milk being pregnant but I’ve never been able to say anything but now I can. I think I might publish this blog publicly when he’s born or if any of the private people are thinking about having a baby, here’s some Mythbusters!
1. You’re eating for two. No you’re not. It is not an excuse to pig out and be a slob. If anything it’s a time to be healthier and cut down because being in good physical shape will make the birth easier! And when your kid is born, do you wanna be a fat bastard sitting on a park bench or do you wanna have adventures and run around the park? I got really annoyed last year when the papers were slagging of Kate Middleton saying she had ‘mommyrexia’ because she didn’t get fat! What a joke. She looked very healthy! The baby takes the goodness from the food you eat and your body will dispose of the rest. I would advise pregnant women to just listen to their body. If you’re hungry – eat! Eat what you crave because your body craves what it needs. I craved protein in the early days and I crave mint when I get indigestion. When you’re full up – stop eating! Don’t think pigging out is acceptable because you’re pregnant. Towards the end of pregnancy you do need a few more calories but it’s like 300! A banana or cereal! Not chippy and pizza washed down with cake! I’ve always wondered when women say eating for two… Why don’t they eat baby food or drink milk? One of the two you’re eating for doesn’t have teeth or the stomach capacity for all this food!
2. You can’t die your hair. If you could die your hair pre-pregnancy, you can die it now! If you were sensitive before, you’re sensitive now! Personally, there was no point dying my hair in the first trimester because I was a greaseball so the dye would not have taken to my hair very well. I think that’s where the myth originated from actually, it’s not uncommon for hair to be in bad condition for the first trimester then fill out and shine later in pregnancy. And my hair was falling out so I didn’t want to strip it even more with dye! I thought I was just stressed to begin with but no… It was my changing hormones. I dyed my hair today, almost 28 weeks pregnant. If anyone genuinely thinks it affects the baby, you’re an idiot! It doesn’t get into your blood. The only way it might cause trouble is if you use a strong one in a confined room (I think ammonia is the strong chemical!?) then you’re at risk of chemical contamination by breathing it in. That’s a risk even if you’re not pregnant though so just have some common sense! I used a semi-permanent in an open ventilated room!
3. You can’t have a bath. There are two reasons people say this – first of all risk of vaginal bacterial infection and second raising your body temperature affects baby’s development. First one, all women are at risk of vaginal infection is you have regular hot baths with scented products, it affects your natural pH balance BUT in pregnancy your bits work overtime to flush infection out which is why we get more discharge. So it really isn’t a big deal, as long as you know your own body and know when something is different! These things are easily treated. Second – what happens if you’re pregnant during the peak of summer? Will your baby be deformed because you got a sweat on? Again, this is common sense. Significantly raising your body temperature on purpose is silly. I wouldn’t go in a sauna for example, they make me feel light headed so surely that isn’t doing good things for my baby and blood pressure/ heart rate or whatever! As for normal bath, the rule is, it should be comfortable. If you have to get in one limb at a time ooh aahhhing like a monkey then that’s not relaxing is it? Pregnant or not! Warm is ok, if you can just get in without feeling light headed then you’re safe.
4. You’re not allowed to lift anything. This one annoys me because you’ll have women at work skiving off saying I can’t pick that box up! Then on the way home they’ll go shopping, walk back with bags, get home and pick their toddler up for a hug. I was doing beer deliveries up until 17 weeks. The main reason I’ve stopped lifting stuff at work is because my bump is in the way now! Also, I get back ache and round ligament stretch pains so lifting doesn’t help. But milking it in the first trimester is lazy in my opinion. The baby is protected very well and is low down in the pelvis surrounded by fluid, muscle, bone, skin – it’s pretty safe in there! When women say its risk of miscarriage, hmmm, I’m scientific on this one. Most 1st trimester miscarriages are due to genetic problems, basically the DNA wasn’t a good match so your body spits it out. I’m only going on what I’ve read (and logic) but it makes sense to me! Our bodies know what to do! We are on this earth to make babies and are bodies have evolved to cope with daily life and pregnancy.
5. You’re not allowed to eat certain foods. I can’t comment too much on this because I don’t like the foods that you’re not supposed to eat. I don’t like mouldy cheeses or shellfish and they’re apparently the baddies. However, having worked in bars for the past 10 years I’ve taken many food hygiene courses and the high risk foods in pregnancy are exactly the same as high risk foods for everybody else. So my opinion is that if you’ve been eating something up until your pregnancy and don’t get sick from it, you’ll probably be safe to eat it during pregnancy. Some people have dodgy stomachs anyway and will always get sick from a certain food. I don’t think the high risk food is directly high risk to the baby, I think it’s just risk to the mother and if the mother is vomiting and generally unwell then that isn’t good for baby’s well being. My high risk foods that I’ve still been eating are: Mayo, anyone that knows me will know my body is definitely immune to it! I practically moisturise myself with it! Goats cheese, I love it and was eating it pre pregnancy with no reaction. I generally eat it hot on pizza or pasta so 63 degrees is a safe zone anyway as it kills bacteria. And generally pasteurised soft cheeses are ok. Eggs, now I had a dumb moment with eggs. I love runny fried eggs and one day my other half informed me that they are raw and I was shocked because I believe they’re cooked but yeh technically it’s raw, they should be hard in the middle. I’ve started having them ‘cooked’ now just to be safe but in my first 16 or so weeks I had loads and we’re ok!
So there’s a few myth busters from a 27 week pregnant woman, if this blog goes public at some point I’d like to point out – I’m no scientist, this is just my opinion having experienced pregnancy. Every woman is different so some things will bother one more than the other. I have an atheist, evolutionary mind so I believe in logic.