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5 Myths about Pregnancy Diet You Should Stop Believing

Monday, February 20, 2017 23:49
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Pregnancy Diet "/contributor/upload/305724/images/pregnancy-diet.jpg" style=
"height:427px;width:640px" />So, you’re pregnant, congratulations!
Get ready for food cravings, hormonal changes, and other things
that are characteristic for your pregnancy. Your family members,
coworkers, and friends who had babies will give you useful advice
based on their experiences. You will find out different ways to
manage pregnancy symptoms, but the chances are high they’ll also
tell you what to eat or avoid during this special time in your
life. Pregnancy nutrition is largely misunderstood which explains
all those myths circling around. To help you and your baby stay
healthy, this article will post the most common diet myths
associated with pregnancy.

  1. It’s time to eat for two - A vast majority of
    pregnant women think they need to increase their food intake
    because they have to eat for two until the baby is born. In fact,
    you’ll hear other women advising you to do so. But, that’s not
    entirely correct and you’re not obliged to eat constantly. One
    study showed that eating for two during pregnancy isn’t necessary,
    and can be harmful. In fact, most women who eat for two end up
    gaining an excessive amount of weight, but this eating pattern also
    increases the risk of obesity in babies.

    It’s important to bear in mind that to keep yourself and the baby
    healthy, you’ll need to increase intake of certain nutrients such
    as calcium and iron in the second trimester. During that time,
    you’ll need to consume 300 more calories a day, which is a
    reasonable and healthy amount equal to one slice of whole grain
    bread and one tablespoon of peanut butter.

  2. You should never eat fish when pregnant - If
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    what not to eat when pregnant
    the most common answer would be -
    fish due to mercury. Eating oily fish is incredibly beneficial
    since Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for our health and baby’s
    development. For instance, a study whose findings were published in
    the American Journal of Epidemiology found that eating more
    servings of fish and seafood during the week was strongly linked to
    increased cognitive scores and decreased symptoms of autistic
    spectrum in the children. More precisely, eating 600g of fish per
    week (3-4 servings) was associated with 2.8 point increase in IQ

    Furthermore, children born to mothers who eat salmon during
    pregnancy are less likely to have doctor-diagnosed asthma compared
    to children whose mothers don’t eat it, according to a study from
    the University of Southampton. Ideally, you should eat fish lower
    in mercury like tilapia, salmon, shrimp, tuna (canned light), cod,
    and catfish.

  3. Eating peanuts will make your baby allergic 
    Due to growing rates of peanut allergies among children,
    women were advised to avoid eating peanuts and products that
    contain them during pregnancy. A growing body of evidence suggests
    that women shouldn’t be afraid to eat peanuts when they’re
    pregnant. In fact, one study showed that increased peanut intake by
    pregnant women who weren’t allergic was also strongly associated
    with lower risk of peanut allergy in their offspring. Additionally,
    there is no evidence that eating peanuts during pregnancy leads to
    allergies in children. The same goes for all women who’ve been told
    that avoiding eggs or cow’s milk will prevent allergies in
  4. Stay away from coffee - Pregnant women are
    often advised to stay away from coffee throughout the pregnancy.
    So, should you? Well, this is a complicated subject and depends on
    the amount of coffee you want to consume. While coffee is safe,
    going overboard with it isn’t advised. The American College of
    Obstetricians and Gynecologistsrecommends limiting the caffeine
    intake to fewer than 200mg per day, which is 10-ounce cup of
    Starbucks coffee. Of course, bear in mind that coffee you make at
    home and the one served in restaurants or cafes have different
    caffeine content, so pay more attention to that. The safest option
    is to have latte.
  5. You have to take multivitamin supplements -
    Dietary supplements are popular nowadays and they’re made for
    different purposes. Some of them are formulated to help men improve
    testosterone levels, others provide menopause symptoms relief, and
    there are also products intended to manage symptoms and "nofollow" href=
    signs when pregnant
    and they’re dubbed to help baby’s
    development through delivery of various nutrients.

However, one research showed that women who take multivitamin
and mineral supplements during pregnancy are just wasting their
money since these products don’t improve their or baby’s health. In
fact, scientist discovered that besides folic acid and Vitamin D
supplements that are generally recommended for safe pregnancy,
there was no evidence that supplementation with mineral or
multivitamin products has any impact on pregnancy. That’s why
pregnant women are encouraged to consult their doctor before buying
these supplements and to include a variety of foods into the

Diet in pregnancy is subjected to numerous myths that women firmly
believe in. Getting informed about nutrition when pregnant and
consulting your doctor is highly recommended. That way, you’ll be
certain that you and your baby are getting much-needed nutrients to
stay healthy.

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