Women often get bombarded within formation on how to get pregnant, stay pregnant, what to eat or not eat, and how to have an easy labor. The so called, "advice" is usually negative and puts fear into the mom-to-be's head. Is this healthy for the baby?
During pregnancy, I've received emails, mailers, and "advice" from others. Everything can be quite overwhelming, especially since you face so much change. It's natural to doubt yourself. It's also important to get some positive information and clear up the myths.
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Here are four pregnancy myths to clear up.
Don't Shake the Baby
Your baby has a great set up in your belly.The baby is rocked to sleep by your movements and moves when he or she needs more space. People fear that running or performing abdominal exercises will shake the baby's brain. This is far from the truth. As long as you were running pre-pregnancy, the baby will rock back and forth as if he or she is on a waterbed.
If you perform any abdominal exercises, make sure to change how you do them. Switch to ab exercises that have you sit, stand or on all fours.
Don't Start a Workout Routine
It's true, pregnant women should not throw themselves into a new fitness regimen. If you were a runner before pregnancy, you can still run. Just make sure you listen to your body. If you're not a runner, don't start running. However,you can still exercise. Make sure you start slow and build from there. Always listen to your body. If you're nervous about working out, seek for a trainer to help you perform the right exercises.
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Eating for Two
A pregnant woman should NOT eat for two. You are burn about 300 more calories a day to grow your baby. Your body naturally slows down and your appetite increases. Make sure to eat to when you're hungry and stop when you're full.
No Reason to Do Kegels for a C-Section
Kegels (a pelvic floor exercise) is very necessary if you're going to have a Caesarean. The most damage to the pelvic floor is caused during pregnancy—not delivery. Urinary incontinence is still an issue for C-section patients.
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Sign up for a prenatal fitness class.