Pregnancy Myths, The Truth of It

Aug 05, 2015

Ditch the old wives' tales, here is our collection of popular pregnancy myths. Whether debunked or not, some are quite hilarious.

MYTH: You can't get the flu shot when you're pregnant.
Pregnant or not, the flu vaccine is still important. Depending on what trimester you are in, your health care provider or vaccine clinic can help you determine which dosage is the best for you.

MYTH: You can't dye your hair.
You don't have to be so quick to say goodbye to your stylist and regular colour treatments. Other than possibly becoming nauseous from hair products and chemicals used in dyeing hair, there is no actual risk noted in fetal development. If you want to take an extra step of precaution, try a semi-permanent colour treatment. You can also avoid chemical treatments during the first trimester if you are worried.

MYTH: Say "NO" to caffeine when you're expecting.
Many hear that caffeine consumption can lead to miscarriage, preterm birth, or low birth weight. While many doctors and health care professionals advise against using caffeine, you don't have to stop drinking your cuppa cold turkey. Cutting down on your intake is healthful advice, and try to stick to the advised 12 ounce cup per day.

MYTH: You're eating for two.
This is not exactly true, while you may feel more ravenous you do not need to double your portions. Pregnant women only need an additional 300 calories a day, and it adds up quickly. Keep in mind that an average weighted woman only needs to gain 20-35lbs in her pregnancy. Weight gain in pregnancy is common, and sometimes the reasons as to why it happens aren't clear. If you are feeling especially hungry try snacking on healthy, whole foods.

MYTH: You shouldn't exercise when you have a growing belly.
What?! Heck yes it is still important to exercise! You don't have to train up for a half marathon, but go ahead and get active. Walking, jogging and running (consult doctor for advice if you are not already an active runner), yoga, swimming, sex... These are all great ways to get your body moving. Cardio and stretching are perfect ways to build your strength for labour. 

MYTH: All women feel happy when they're pregnant.
I'm calling BS on this one. While not every woman may experience "the glow", there are also many cases of depression during pregnancy. Depression in pregnancy can have risks, including preterm birth, low birth weight, and higher chances of having postpartum depression. If you think you may be depressed, please talk to your health care provider. 


  • A pregnancy with a lot of heartburn means you will have a baby that has a full head of hair.
  • Carrying high? You're having a girl. Carrying low? You're having a boy.
  • Severe morning sickness? You're having a girl.
  • Big appetite? You're having a boy.
  • Craving sweets means a girl, while craving salt and savory means a boy.
  • Morning sickness is just in the morning. HA!
  • If you raise your arms above your head when pregnant, the cord will wrap around baby's neck.
  • When having sex, the penis may poke the baby in the head.
  • More women go into labour on holidays and big events, like Halloween or a full moon.
  • When you're pregnant you crave pickles and ice cream. This may be true for some, but pregnancy does create some weird cravings.

Have a funny myth to share? We want to hear!


By Chani Palindat

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