Debunking Common Pregnancy Food Myths

Pregnancy is the happiest moment of a woman’s life; it is a time when you feel responsible not just for yourself but also the life you are carrying. Pregnancy is a phase where you get unlimited advice, unlimited information from family, friends. However some of these might be true, many are just myths. Here is a list of the common myths & actual facts about them.

Myth 1 : Eat For Two 

Fiction : You are constantly told that you need to eat for two. “Eating for two” myth is common. 

Fact : If you are pregnant with one baby, you only need to add approximately 340 calories during the second trimester and 450 calories during the third trimester. These can be added by incorporating two or three small snacks each day. 

Good choices include:

  • A small banana with two tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 5 whole wheat crackers and 1 ½ ounces of cheddar cheese cubes
  • 6 ounces of plain Greek yogurt with ¼ cup of granola

Myth 2 : Should Not Eat Chocolate 

Fact : Specially during first & second trimester you can have small amount of dark chocolate, it can help to improve circulation and reduce risk of pre-eclampsia. It improves blood flow which helps placenta to develop & function normally, leading to good pregnancy. 

Myth 3 : Drinking Saffron Milk will make Baby Fair 

Fact : Baby’s Complexion depends on various factors including genetic factors. It does not depend on the colour of the  food you eat .

Myth4 : Having Papaya may cause Abortion

Fact : Ripe papaya is safe during pregnancy as it is a rich source of fiber, potassium, Vitamin C & folate which are very beneficial during pregnancy.

Unripe papaya contains latex which can lead to marked uterine contractions and could be unsafe in pregnancy.

Myth 5 : Should not eat Peanuts 

Fact : Peanuts are safe to eat unless you allergic to eat or if your doctor advises you not to.

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