It is not easy being a pregnant woman because it is often limited by various prohibitions. However, is everything true? Come on, identify which ones are myths and which ones are facts from the following explanation.
1. Having sex while pregnant can harm the fetus
Having sex is generally considered safe as long as your pregnancy has been confirmed to be safe, such as having no history of having had a premature birth, experiencing bleeding in early pregnancy, being pregnant with twins, a weak uterus, or other problems.
No need to be afraid that movement during sex will hurt the baby because the baby is protected by amniotic fluid. Amniotic fluid is what will protect the fetus during shocks.
However, please note that in the semen contains the hormone prostaglandin which is “ripe” the cervix and can stimulate contractions. Therefore, remind Mr. Husband to use a condom every time you have sex or not to ejaculate inside, yes. So, Mums also avoid complaints of stomach cramps after intercourse.
2. Pregnant women who eat pineapple can miscarry
If there was a list of myths in pregnancy, it definitely tops the list. Almost all pregnant women are worried about eating pineapples. This fear is due to the presence of bromelain, a mixture of enzymes found naturally in pineapple juice and stems.
In fact, bromelain can indeed cause uterine contractions, which can eventually lead to pregnancy problems. However, this will only happen if you eat 6-7 pineapples alone.
That is, if you only want to eat pineapple in salad or just a few pieces, of course it will not have a harmful effect on pregnancy, let alone cause a miscarriage. In addition, pineapple contains many nutrients that are good for the health of mothers and fetuses, you know, such as vitamin C, manganese, calcium, and antioxidants.
3. Young pregnant should not exercise
Pregnant women are not sick people. That is, Mums are encouraged to keep exercising, even from the early stages of pregnancy. Moreover, exercise actually brings benefits, including increasing energy, relieving back pain, improving posture, preventing constipation, and making sleep better.
You can choose sports, including walking, swimming, yoga, pilates, or dancing. The duration of pregnant women does not need to be long, just 30 minutes 5 times a week.
To stay safe exercising while pregnant, make sure you recognize the signals that your body needs to rest, such as dizziness, heart palpitations, and being so exhausted that you can no longer speak.
One thing that is important to remember, exercising is not recommended for some conditions, such as if you have a history of premature labor, a history of premature rupture of membranes, multiple pregnancies, placenta previa, and pre-eclampsia. Therefore, always consult with your doctor beforehand, yes.
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4. Haircuts during pregnancy can make the fetus deformed
It’s confusing, Mums, being pregnant. On the one hand, I really want to cut my hair so it won’t be hot anymore. But on the other hand, it is prohibited because it can harm the baby. Really?
Of course not, Mums. Cutting hair is definitely not an invasive procedure that can harm both you and your baby. Mums are free to cut their hair short in any style in any trimester.
However, it’s a different story if you want to make appearance changes that involve harsh chemicals, such as straightening, curling, or coloring with bleaching techniques. It’s best to wait until you give birth.
5. Eat a lot of meat to get pregnant with a boy
Speculation to try to get offspring with a certain gender is always hotly discussed. One of them advises expectant mothers to eat a lot of red meat in order to get pregnant with a baby boy. Isn’t this true?
In fact, there is no particular diet that can increase the chances of conceiving a baby of a certain gender if you get pregnant naturally. The reason is, the sex of the baby is determined by the two sex chromosomes inherited from both parents.
A baby inherits one sex chromosome from its mother and one from its father. The baby will get an X chromosome from his mother because a woman has two X chromosomes. Meanwhile, males have one X chromosome and one Y chromosome. If in the end the baby has an XX chromosome, it will be a girl. Meanwhile, if it has an XY chromosome, it will be male.
However, there is a method called the Shettles method that you should try if you are planning on having a baby boy. The trick is:
- Having sex close to ovulation.
- Doing deep penetration, so that the sperm is near the cervix (cervix).
- You reach orgasm first, so the alkaline vaginal fluid can help the sperm swim together towards the egg.
But again, everything is still a 50-50 chance. Except with the help of insemination procedures or IVF, then a certain gender can only be selected as desired.
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6. Eating green beans makes baby’s hair thick
Because of this belief, pregnant women are usually willing to eat green beans during pregnancy, even though they don’t like it. Are you sure this is true? In fact, this is just a myth, yes. Thick or not baby hair is influenced by genetic factors (heredity).
That is, if Mums and Dads have thick hair, then the baby is more likely to have it too. Meanwhile, if you have a lineage of thin hair, then it can also be passed on to your little one.
Green beans are often associated with thick hair because they contain B vitamins, calcium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, folic acid, and protein. But remember, green beans are only a supporting factor and not the main factor. As explained above, the main thing that really plays a role in whether or not a baby’s hair is thick is heredity.
7. Drink coconut water so that baby’s skin is clean and white
Who has been told to drink coconut water since pregnancy so that the little one’s skin is clean and white? You need to know, coconut water does contain many nutrients, including vitamin C. This content has direct benefits for skin health.
However, the benefits provided by coconut water are simply to shape and care for the beauty of the skin, including the baby to be born. Vitamin C and other ingredients in coconut water cannot change a person’s skin color. That is, the belief that has been circulating is just a myth, yes.
Even so, it does not mean that pregnant women who regularly drink coconut water will not get any healthy benefits at all. On the contrary, coconut water can help prevent and reduce dehydration, and prevent you from urinary tract infections during pregnancy.
There are enough old beliefs to worry you. Therefore, it would be wise if you consult with your doctor first before practicing or believing it. So, you can have a comfortable and worry-free pregnancy. (US)
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