Common Pregnancy Misconceptions

Pregnancy is both an exciting as well as sensitive time for expecting mothers. It can become quite a worrisome time especially for those who are going through this life stage for the first time. It is important for women to know and understand what pregnancy is all about and what they need to do to make it through childbirth. One of the things that they should know about is the various misconceptions regarding pregnancy. Here are some of the common ones.

Pregnant women can eat as much as they want.

Since pregnant mothers think that they need to take care of their future offspring during pregnancy, they think that they also need to feed the baby through eating more. But it is a common misconception that expectant mothers should eat as much as they to ensure that their baby has enough food. But doctors say that eating more does not necessarily amount to a lot. Doctors suggest that pregnant mothers should only add an increase of around 300 calories of their usual daily food intake for their baby. If they are expecting twins, the increased intake should be pushed to 600 calories.

Pregnancy lasts 9 months.

It is a common misconception that a pregnancy lasts nine months for a full term. Doctors say that a full term takes around 275 days or 39 weeks. Some pregnancies can even last for up to 40 weeks. But doctors consider “full term” pregnancy as one that goes beyond the required stretch of 37 weeks. It can sometimes go longer than 9 months, which is just a stated average.

Women go through similar experiences during pregnancy.

Many think that women might go through a very tough period during pregnancy. There are stories of pregnant women experiencing nausea, overwhelming fatigue, skin rashes, acne, backache and even depression at different stages during the pregnancy. But not all women actually go through such experiences. There are other pregnant women who do go through such an experience and may have it quite easy. Some pregnant women experience different levels of changes in their bodies from that of others. And it is not always that bad an experience for some mothers-to-be.

 

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