“Pregnancy myths” are false tales commonly circulated as “facts”, and while some can be potentially dangerous to your health as well as that of your baby if followed, most tend to be harmless and even amusing. Regardless of the type of advice you get from well-meaning friends or family members, it is always a good idea to consult with your doctor before taking action. Below are 10 of the more common pregnancy myths that you may come across.
So, you’re pregnant! That’s wonderful! This is a time for joy and self-discovery. It is also the time for learning to listen to your body’s needs. During your first trimester your body undergoes considerable changes, adapting and preparing itself for the new life that’s growing inside it, and so it’s very natural for you to experience some discomfort. To help ease your first three months of pregnancy, we’ve outlined five of the more common symptoms that you’re likely to experience and how to deal with them.
One of the first steps you should take after finding out that you’re pregnant is scheduling an appointment with your doctor to determine your prenatal care requirements. Your doctor will most likely set the first official prenatal test during your 6th or 8th week of pregnancy to begin monitoring your baby’s development and screen for and rule out potential fetal problems or abnormalities. It is important to note that no screening method can diagnose birth defects; they can only indicate a higher risk for such problems, which helps determined whether you need to take further testing to determine your situation.
During your 8th week, increasing hormone levels will trigger changes in your breasts’ tissue to prepare for lactation, causing them to grow, so chances are you’ll need a larger bra size that offers better support.