Common Pregnancy Myths

Common Misconceptions About Pregnancy

There have been many myths and misconceptions about pregnancy circulating since the dawn of time. We're here to set the facts straight and give you peace of mind while you embark on your journey.

Myth: You Should be Glowing and Happy

Contrary to popular belief, pregnancy comes with its highs and lows that are predominantly due to hormonal changes. However, coping with physical changes, exhaustion, and thoughts of becoming a new parent can wreak havoc on your emotional wellbeing as well—meaning that you may not be “glowing” at all times.

It’s important to understand that pregnancy can be overwhelming at times rather than beating yourself up for feeling down. If you feel that you’re struggling with your mental health throughout your journey, speak with your midwife or a mental health professional.

Myth: You Can’t Eat Sushi

Most women have heard the warning that you should not eat sushi while you’re pregnant due to bacteria and potential exposure to mercury. However, not all sushi is made with raw fish—eating cooked fish actually contain many nutrients that support fetal development.

Avoiding fish that are on the high mercury list is also a way to ensure you’re consuming sushi safely. Some common sushi fishes contain high levels of mercury and should be avoided completely:

  • Tuna
  • Mackerel
  • Yellowtail
  • Swordfish
  • Bluefish
  • Marlin
  • Seabass

Myth: You Can’t Fly

You’re able to fly during your pregnancy to a certain extent. While it is advised that you do not board a flight after you’ve reached 36 weeks of pregnancy, some airlines require a letter from your midwife to confirm that you are in good health to fly after 28 weeks.

Take advantage of traveling without your little one while you have time, but be sure to check your airline’s policy and bring necessary documentation with you.

Myth: You Can’t Exercise

It is actually recommended that you stay active throughout your pregnancy to improve your and your baby’s health. If you lead an active lifestyle before being pregnant, it is safe and healthy to continue throughout your pregnancy.

If you weren’t active before your pregnancy, you can start with light intensity exercises like walking and slowly build up the intensity over time.

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