Truth, Six Rumors about Pregnancy

When you are pregnant with a baby, you will hear many [suggestions] from people who have come before. You must have heard this: [with a boy’s belly pointed and a girl’s belly round] (of course, this is silly, you know, the ancients did not have ultrasound).

However, not all [suggestions] about pregnancy are interesting. Some may cause unnecessary worries to pregnant mothers, while others may even affect the health of pregnant mothers and fetuses.

Rumor 1: Don’t Take Influenza Vaccine

Just the opposite. Influenza vaccines are very important.

Some pregnant mothers may worry that they will catch the flu or that the vaccine will hurt their babies. In fact, flu vaccines do not cause flu, and there is no evidence that flu vaccines will hurt the fetus.

Instead, flu vaccines may be a savior for mothers and fetuses. Pregnancy affects women’s immune system and heart and lung function, making them more vulnerable to flu. Pregnant women infected with flu are more difficult to recover and have a greater risk of worsening their illness than ordinary women.

Therefore, please inject influenza vaccine containing inactivated virus. However, it is not a nasal spray vaccine containing attenuated live virus. If you are worried about preservatives in the vaccine, you can use a single dose vaccine without preservatives.

Rumor 2: You want to eat 2 people’s portions,

Try to eat 2-person portions of food? Not so much. Yes, you do need nutrition for your baby, but that doesn’t mean you need to eat the amount of 2 adults.

Suggestions from the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Women of normal weight before pregnancy need only consume 300 extra calories a day to promote the growth of the fetus. This is about the amount of a cup of skim milk and a bowl of rice. Women of normal weight should gain about 11-16 kg during pregnancy. If they are overweight before pregnancy, the weight gain needs to be more strictly controlled.

In addition, if a woman with only one baby gains more than 23 kg during pregnancy, her risk of caesarean section and dystocia will increase. Moreover, babies who are overweight at birth are also at greater risk of obesity in adulthood.

Rumor 3: Caffeine [Ban]

Do you like the strong aroma of coffee every morning? Many pregnant mothers love it, but we often hear advice that caffeine may lead to miscarriage, premature delivery or very low birth weight infants.

There is no evidence that caffeine causes premature delivery. And if a pregnant woman consumes less than 200 mg of caffeine a day, or about 350 ml of coffee, there is no obvious evidence that she will have a higher risk of miscarriage or very low birth weight. Therefore, pregnant mothers just need to be cautious.

Enjoy your coffee, but don’t exceed the pregnancy limit (no more than 2 cups per day, 227 ml per cup).

Rumor 4: Flying is dangerous,

The human body scanner at the airport, the X-ray machine during security check, the radiation during high-altitude flight… Think of these, and then think of the tempting vacation in the near future…

In fact, for pregnant mothers, there is no need to worry too much. FDA and the National Institute for Standards and Technology point out that the amount of radiation received by occasional plane travel is very small and it is almost impossible to harm the fetus in the womb. Moreover, pregnant mothers can also apply for a completely safe [human examination] and enjoy the privilege of not having to scan through the security gate.

If you plan to fly after 32 weeks of pregnancy, please check with the airline to see if there are any restrictions. Generally speaking, many airlines are worried that pregnant women may give birth during flight.

For some pregnant mothers, a physical examination is necessary before flying. Pregnant women with lung or heart problems may feel unwell at 30,000 feet. They need to consult a doctor before deciding to fly.

Rumor 5: You Should Eat More Fish

Eating 2 servings of fish a week is beneficial to pregnant mothers and babies. Generally speaking, cold water fish contain more-3 unsaturated fatty acids, which can help fetal brain development.

However, you must avoid eating fish rich in mercury metal, such as tuna, golden mackerel, square head fish, etc. Salmon and shrimp are better choices.

At the same time, don’t eat raw fish, including some sushi and sashimi. Compared with cooked fish, raw fish have a higher risk of parasites and bacteria.

Rumor 6: Avoid Sex

During pregnancy, Women can still have sex, This does not harm the fetus. The baby lives safely in the fluid-filled amniotic sac, and the uterine muscles can also protect the baby strongly. At the same time, the cervix also secretes stains, blocking the uterine opening to protect the baby. However, you still need to pay attention to related sexual infections. Some sexually transmitted diseases, such as herpes, chlamydia infection and HIV, can be transmitted to the fetus.

Some women will worry about whether orgasm will lead to miscarriage. If it is a normal and healthy pregnant woman, there is no need to worry about this problem at all. Vaginal contraction caused by orgasm is completely different from that during childbirth.

However, if there are abnormal vaginal bleeding and other symptoms, or other problems that may arise from sexual life, please consult a doctor in time.

Compiled by Fu Ting