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8 Pregnancy Myths You Need To Stop Believing – NOW!

Pregnancy is indeed the a special phase is any woman’s life and while it’s absolutely fine (and also advisable) to be cautious, there’s no need to be wrack your brains about all you hear around coz the pregnancy myths passing off for facts, since ages, are about to be busted.

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Here are the pregnancy myths that you’d do well to steer clear of:

1. Swimming is the (only) fitness mantra for pregnant ladies

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There’s no denying swimming is a great workout choice to grant you complete fitness, but when you’re focusing on the pregnancy weight, the appetite hikes it causes aren’t very healthy. And a wrong breaststroke could stimulate too much pressure on the main blood vessels, neck, and back, stimulating excruciating pelvic pain at times.

2. Running is completely out of question during pregnancy

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True only for women who are just planning to start running for pregnancy, but not if you’re a runner by routine. The increase in the level of relaxin hormone risks the possibilities of injury for the beginners, but practiced runners can carry on just fine. But, do be sure of avoiding overheating especially in the first trimester.

3. And it is criminal to even think of lifting some weights

No, it’s not (though, never forget caution!) Instead, engaging your body in balanced full weighing routines with – squats and lunges for the lower body (plus, the Swiss ball squatting, of course) and side planks and press ups for the upper body can help you build stamina and prepare you for the labor with better endurance.

4. Pregnancy equals to a free pass to eating more (lots and as much as you can!)

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Being pregnant doesn’t mean you can eat whatever you want, whenever you want. Yes, the nutrition and energy requirements of your body increase, but you’ll have to meet them by sticking to a prescribed eight meal – balanced diet plan, making your cravings easier to manage.

5. The pelvic floor exercises are open to your selection – not essential

Though the popular practice views the pelvic floor exercises an option in your pregnancy fitness routine, but they are absolutely crucial for your health! Right from checking urinary incontinence, they also take care of your sex life. If not much, sticking to a start with 10-15 squeezes at least is highly advisable.

6. It has to be nine months without an abs exercise

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It’s so not true. Till the first trimester, you can follow your regular exercising routines and continue with the pregnancy specific workouts there on (you must!) Though you’ll have to chuck out the exercises involving lying on the back to avoid reduction in blood flow or dizziness, you can cover for it by some at arches and modified side planks.

7. Breastfeeding is the only way to losing all the baby weight you’ve gained

The reduction in baby weight differs from pregnancy to pregnancy. Some women can lose apparent weight right after delivery, while some can take time. Though it helps, breastfeeding isn’t the key to weight loss here. Hormones play a big part as well. So, don’t worry.

8. Pregnancy means kissing a forever goodbye to your body as you know it now

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Never say never! All it will take is some faith and some time – just stick to your fitness regime, workout, take care of the baby, relax, don’t stress, and you’ll gain control of your post-baby body shape soon enough.

With all these pregnancy myths busted for good, I do hope you’re feeling a bit more relaxed and confident than ever. And I wish a happy and safe maternity to you!

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8 Pregnancy Myths You Need To Stop Believing - NOW!
Say goodbye to pregnancy myths forever!
Shruti Fatehpuria

Shruti Fatehpuria

I am a misfit software engineer who left her work in the corporate world to pursue the insatiable quest to write. A freelance worker by the day, I choose to dream with eyes open wide. I have conversations with myself where I talk of the possibilities that life can hold. Too many wishes made on empty starless nights ensure that there are various dreams yet to be lived. I am working my way as I am on a quest to find myself. The greatest journeys are indeed the ones that lie within. I am yet to live my story because right now, the book is full of too many apostrophes and too many commas. The words are jumbled until the right one fits the puzzle. I don't believe in perfection because too many times, it is imperfection which paints the perfect story. I am verbose and I aim at living life in full swing until a speed breaker curbs the tantalizing pace with which I wish to conquer the dreams that would otherwise be too big for the not-so-tiny shoes I wear. Blessed with a lot of chubby fat, I love going the extra mile to conquer my extra dreams with an extra advice after all, we all love a little extra. A die-hard shopaholic, you can often find me laughing on serious stuff inappropriately at wrong times (unintentionally).