Pregnancy – Myths & Facts

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During pregnancy a woman would undergo a lot of physiological and emotional changes. Every well wisher like your family and friends would give advice.
Similar confusion and concern is shared by most pregnant mothers. You must have seen in films a young married girl chewing away a raw mango to herald her pregnancy, followed by her care-givers fussing over her.
Here are a few tips for  dealing with myths and facts. Energy requirements vary among individuals. It is generally recommended that pregnant women increase their daily intake by 300 k cal is sufficient. Excessive food consumption leads to gaining excess weight, in addition the baby can be overweight.

Myth : Eating  is necessary during pregnancy

Energy requirements vary among individuals. It is generally recommended that pregnant women increase their daily intake by 300 kcal is sufficient. Excessive food consumption leads to gaining excess weight, in addition the baby can be overweight.

Myth : Coffee or tea Is Forbidden During Pregnancy

Studies have shown that consuming about 200 mg of caffeine or about 2 cups of coffee is considered a safe limit in pregnancy. Excessive consumption of coffee may lead to miscarriage or the baby may be born underweight; this is, however, an extreme case and the mother has to consume a huge quantity of caffeine to get into such situation.

Myth: If you eat a little less, the baby will take some of the extra fat off you.

Your baby is not being built from fat. Fat is a way your body stores glucose, the main source of energy for your body. The difference is that glucose can not be made into protein to build your baby’s tissues.
When you are eating little, your body breaks down muscles to support the baby’s growth..

Myth : Food cravings indicate nutritional deficiencies.

During the first trimester food aversions can be a part of pregnancy. However there is no nutritional link between aversion or craving. This is just game play of hormones in the body. Cravings are particularly for less nutritional foods like chats and ice creams.

Myth : One drink won’t harm my baby.

No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy. Of course, the larger the consumption the greater the risk, however, the best thing for the baby that the mother to be stays away from alcohol entirely.

Myth: Prenatal vitamins will make up for the balanced diet.

Prenatal vitamins are great as supplements. No single pill can replace the nutrition better than natural sources of food.. Even when that pill is a great prenatal vitamin, it’s not going to do much but supplement. Remember, the complete nutrition comes only out of a balanced meal.

Myth: Salt will make you swell up or cause hypertension.

Salt is an essential nutrient, even when you are pregnant and it should not be removed from your diet to prevent swelling. Some swelling in pregnancy is normal. In recent years, salt has been cleared from previous accusations of causing high blood pressure during pregnancy. In fact, salt deficiencies have been shown to contribute to pre-eclampsia, cramps etc. However salt your food to taste.

Myth : Too much sugar consumption can cause Gestational Diabetes

A diabetic condition is not developed by consumption of too many sweet products or sugar. Sugar contains high amount of glucose and if it’s consumed as a part of a balanced diet (along with exercise), then you can consume it without the risk of diabetes.


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