3 POPULAR PREGNANCY BELIEFS
Congratulations, you’re pregnant! Now brace yourself for the incredible journey ahead. Pregnancy can set off a whirlwind of emotions you didn’t even know existed. New discoveries will be made, your body will endure changes and your mind will be challenged. It is exactly, what it sounds like -life changing!
Pregnancy is not a disease, illness or a condition, rather a normal physiological process that the body goes through to reproduce. Once a baby is conceived, the process of development of one or more offspring begins in the mother’s womb. Most women go for the clear blue pregnancy test to confirm the pregnancy at home. A pregnancy stick or strip is dipped into a urine sample to detect the presence of a pregnancy hormone known as B-hcg (human chorionic gonadotropin).
Other women resort to an online pregnancy test, which is a quick online test or quiz that tells you if you could be pregnant based on your signs and symptoms. The test will give you a final score in the form of a final percentage. There are even different calculators online that can predict your chances of getting pregnant, when you are willing to conceive a baby. If it is taking more time than you anticipated, an ovulation test might be able to help identify your ‘fertile window’. This is the time an ovary releases one or more eggs each month. It is only viable for 12-24 hours for fertilization.
Understanding your pregnancy can help you prepare for what you might experience over the course of 9 long months. Expecting moms receive an abundance of advice and at times, unwanted suggestions as well. Here are some popular beliefs about pregnancy that you may or may not agree with. Myth or truth, let’s find out!
First childbirth experience is the worst!
Most first-time mothers-to-be are told tales of never-ending labor and painful accounts of how unbearable the whole experience of giving birth was. Rest assure, your story may be completely different, even if it is your first time. First pregnancies have their own advantages. For instance, the baby’s head tends to engage in your pelvis quicker and your water bag is most likely to break on its own and warn you that your labor is about to begin. Some studies say that subsequent pregnancies may be difficult to assess. False labor pains may increase and head takes a longer time to descend and engage.
There will be a certain level of uncertainty for first time moms since they don’t know what to expect, but you can mentally prepare yourself by reading up on the topic and discussing a birth plan with your obstetrician. If you have more questions or concerns, please visit www.mylivedoctors.com and connect with a licensed obstetrician to guide you through your pregnancy.
The memory of your first pregnancy can be a good one, so yeah, this is a myth!
Epidurals are dangerous
Epidural anesthesia is given to pregnant women during labor to relieve pain. Epidurals block the nerves supplying the lower half of the body. It is administered by inserting a needle in an area surrounding your spinal cord in your lower back region. A catheter is then placed in the epidural space through the needle. The needle is slowly removed and medicines are supplied through the catheter.
There is a substantial reduction in pain which will allow you to conserve your energy in case of a prolonged labor. It will most likely provide a positive birthing experience by helping you stay relaxed and focused.
However, epidurals are not without risk. They can cause your blood pressure to fall, severe headaches (rare), shivering, difficulty urinating and you may find that pushing in your final stages is harder since you cannot feel your contractions.
So, in all fairness, risks and benefits both have to be taken into consideration before you make a decision, but to say that it is potentially ‘dangerous’ would be a false statement-a myth.
Eating pineapples can speed up labor
Some research studies suggest that pineapples, in any form, should be avoided during the first trimester as they increase the risk of miscarriage. It induces uterine spasms which may lead to miscarriage, diarrhea or allergies. Modern day nutritionists share a different opinion. They say this is a myth and including up to two servings of pineapple a week is safe.
Consuming pineapples near the end of pregnancy is often recommended as a safe and natural way to induce labor. It contains an enzyme called bromelain that causes ripening of the cervix and stimulates uterine contractions. High amounts can increase gut motility, which can also stimulate the uterus. If you have reached term and want to initiate labor, make sure you eat the inner core as well, as it contains the highest amount of the enzyme. It’s true!
Whether it’s your first, second or fifth, each pregnancy will be different. Just let nature take its course and trust your body. It already knows what to do. You can do your part by being well informed, attending workshops or birthing preparatory classes. Involve your partner in the whole process. Caring partners will provide the emotional support you need.
Try to stay as active as you can over the course of pregnancy, but don’t push yourself. As the months progress, you will find yourself tossing and turning the night away because a bigger belly can make it difficult to rest in a comfortable position. Use a pregnancy pillow or multiple pillows to ease into place.
The most important aspect of a smooth pregnancy is maintaining an honest and open relationship with your doctor. Share your concerns and discuss the possible birthing options. Take your supplements regularly and any additional meds that may have been prescribed. Pregnancy is an unpredictable journey and unprecedented things can happen at any time. It might be a good idea to keep in touch with your doctor or midwife through an online doctor app like My Live Doctor. It’s a great tool that allows you to connect with online doctors within minutes. This way your pregnancy can be monitored from home at times you aren’t able to make it to the clinic. You can even get a prescription online for meds or supplements that you’ve ran out of. However, in case of an emergency do not stay at home and rush to the hospital immediately.