Some Filipino Myths About Pregnancy

9 May

While I was pregnant a lot of my relatives and well-meaning friends are telling me a lot of things and it just confuses me if those things they’re saying  have a grain of truth or just pure fiction so I decided to research and write about the myths of pregnancy especially for expectant mothers for the first time. Of course you want your baby to be healthy and strong and it is best to know what advices to heed. Here are some of the myths.

Pregnancy Myth No. 1: Do not crave for unusual objects for your baby will look like it.

The truth:  There is no scientific proof that it will affect the physical appearance of your baby. Pregnant women especially on their first trimester experience specific cravings (or paglilihi) which is normal on this stage so don’t be scared if you crave for something unusual.

Pregnancy Myth No. 2:  Pregnant women should eat for two (mother and the baby).

The truth:  It is not the large quantity of food that makes your baby healthy but rather the quality of food you take. Plan a healthy diet  by eating fruits and vegetables, also avoid eating salty foods and servings  that has excessive calories, fat and sugar.

Pregnancy Myth No. 3: Pregnant women shouldn’t take baths, you might get infection.

The truth: It is quite alright to take a bath while pregnant provided that it’s not over 37° Celcius  because too much hot water is not good for pregnant women. Baths are acceptable and do not cause infection. The only exception would be if your water is broken. A bath during pregnancy can actually help you feel better and reduce some of the aches or pains you might be experiencing.

Pregnancy Myth No. 4: The size of your belly shows the gender of your baby.

The truth:  Women have different body types so it is not true that the shape and height of your belly can tell the gender of your baby.

Pregnancy Myth 5: It is not safe to engage in sex when pregnant.

The truth:  Sex during pregnancy is safe. However, you may have to abstain from sex during the advanced stage (36th week or 9th month) or if you have any of the following: history of miscarriage, bleeding, low lying placenta and history of premature labor.

These are just some of the myths that I encountered but if you still have doubts and apprehensions it is still best to consult with your OB-GYNE.


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