Top 5 Most Common Pregnancy Myths

Our physicians often educate pregnant patients on a variety of myths. In the article below, we debunk some of the most common ones. As you read through them, keep in mind that every pregnancy is different and you should follow your doctor’s instructions above all else.

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#1. You shouldn’t eat fish or seafood

Many women are under the impression that they should stop the consumption of all fish and seafood while pregnant. However, fish is a great source for omega-3 and 6 fatty acids for an expecting mother’s heart, joints and emotional well-being, as well as visual and neurological development for her child.


FACT: Pregnant women should not consume raw fish or that which has high levels of mercury.


Here is a list of fish that have shown high levels of mercury and should be avoided:


• Ahi Tuna

• Swordfish

• Mackerel

• Tilefish

• Shark

• Marlin

• Orange Roughy

• Tilefish


The following fish have shown the lowest levels of mercury. It is recommended that you limit yourself to two, 6 oz. servings per week unless otherwise suggested by a doctor.


• Salmon

• Haddock

• Butterfish

• Shrimp

• Flounder

• Fresh Water Trout

• Anchovies

• Scallops


#2 It’s safe to drink coffee during pregnancy


Although there are opposing opinions and reports on whether or not caffeine is good for healthy fetus development, there is a limit as to how much women should drink if they are in the pro-caffeine camp. In addition, coffee is not the only consumable product that contains caffeine- sodas, ice cream, chocolate and even cereals contain caffeine. Therefore, it is virtually impossible to cut caffeine consumption down to an absolute zero.


FACT: According to the American Pregnancy Association, women who are pregnant should watch their caffeine intake and try to keep their consumption under 200mg per day. That equals about two 8 ounce cups of coffee.


#3 Rubbing cocoa butter on your belly will prevent stretch marks


Unfortunately, stretch marks are part of the process. The severity of the stretch marks depends on skin elasticity which is predominately a genetic trait.


FACT: While, cocoa butter may not eliminate your stretch marks, it can keep the skin moisturized and less susceptible to the itching sensation that arises as the skin over your baby bump begins to stretch.


#4 Never sleep on your back


This myth was originated due to concerns about the compression of the vena cava during the latter second and third trimesters. In the event your baby disrupts the flow of blood through your vena cava while you’re sleeping, studies have shown that your body will instinctively reposition itself to alleviate the pressure.


FACT: Unless you have been specifically instructed by your OBGYN to avoid sleeping on your back, you can snooze this way if you are comfortable.


#5 You shouldn’t fly during your first of last trimester


Medically, pregnant women can fly at any point during their pregnancy unless otherwise instructed by their doctor.


FACT: Some airlines have policies that restrict pregnant women from flying in the later weeks of their third trimester due to concerns that the birth occur while the plane is airborne.


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