As a parent, there are a thousand things to worry about during pregnancy. However, there are many pregnancy myths that have been around for a long time, despite not being based on scientific evidence. Here are some common ones:

  1. Myth: You should eat for two during pregnancy. Reality: While it’s true that you need extra calories during pregnancy, you don’t need to double your intake. Most pregnant folks only need to consume an extra 300-500 calories per day.

  2. Myth: You shouldn’t exercise during pregnancy. Reality: Exercise is generally safe and beneficial during pregnancy, as long as you don’t overdo it and get clearance from your doctor first.

  3. Myth: If you carry low, it’s a boy; if you carry high, it’s a girl. Reality: The position of the baby in the womb has nothing to do with its gender.

  4. Myth: You shouldn’t dye your hair during pregnancy. Reality: There is no scientific evidence that hair dye is harmful to a developing fetus, but it’s still a good idea to check with your doctor before dyeing your hair during pregnancy.

  5. Myth: You can’t have sex during pregnancy. Reality: As long as you have a healthy pregnancy, sex is generally safe and can even be beneficial. However, you should always check with your midwife or doctor first.

  6. Myth: Eating spicy foods can cause premature labor. Reality: There is no evidence that spicy foods can cause premature labor.

  7. Myth: You should avoid all fish during pregnancy. Reality: While it’s true that certain types of fish, such as swordfish and shark, should be avoided during pregnancy due to their high mercury content, most fish are safe to eat in moderation.

It’s important to remember that every pregnancy is different, and if you have any concerns or questions, you should always talk to your care provider.