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6 pregnancy myths you shouldn't believe
By Missy Jaramillo
During your pregnancy, you're going to be hearing a lot of things from a number of different people. Some of these individuals will be women who have been here before and know a lot about fetal development and what you should expect with your pregnancy week by week. However, others will be people who have simply heard rumors about pregnancy over the years and believe they know more about your health and the health of your unborn baby than you do.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of commonly believed pregnancy myths out there, and it's important for you to be able to tell fact from fiction so you know what advice to follow and what suggestions to ignore. Thankfully, modern science has debunked many of these myths, so you won't waste any of your time being worried about things that really don't matter.
1. You can't pet cats
BoldSky explained that one of the most common pregnancy myths that women often follow is that you can't pet cats while pregnant. The Humane Society stated that many women have heard that they can get toxoplasmosis from their cats. This is a disease that they could pass on to their babies, so many women give their cats away or keep them outside during their pregnancies. However, this isn't necessary. The Humane Society explained that the type of cats that get this disease are mostly outdoor cats that hunt and eat rodents, or those that eat raw meat. Even if a cat does get toxoplasmosis, a pregnant woman would have to come in direct contact with its feces, and then touch her mouth before washing her hands. So, as long as you have proper hygiene - particularly around your cat's litter box - you'll be just fine.
2. Breastfeeding will make your breasts sag
LiveScience stated that many women have heard that if they breastfeed, their breasts will become saggy. However, research has shown that breastfeeding don't change breasts' firmness, so you should feel free to feed your baby this way if you're able.
3. Heartburn means your baby will have a lot of hair
This myth is just silly, but some people apparently believe it. While it's true that you're likely to experience some pretty bad heartburn during your pregnancy, this doesn't mean that your baby is going to be born with a great deal of hair.
4. Raising your arms is dangerous
According to MSNBC, some people believe that if you raise your arms above your head during pregnancy, the baby can get the umbilical cord wrapped around his or her neck and potentially choke. However, the news source explained that up to 25 percent of fetuses have the umbilical cord wrapped around his or her neck at some point, and more often than not, it's due to his or her activity in the womb, not you raising your hands over your head.
5. Your body will never be the same
You may have heard that there's no way for you to get your body back to the shape it was in before pregnancy. However, this is simply not true. With some hard work and a proper diet and exercise regimen, you could have your body looking the same as it did before you were pregnant.
6. You should avoid sex or exercise during pregnancy
As long as your doctor says that it's safe, you should feel free to engage in sex and physical activity during pregnancy without having to worry about harming your baby.
Did you hear any crazy myths during your pregnancy? What were they? Leave them here!