Medical Series

Pregnancy myths Series

1- This is so untrue.

Eating lots of fish high in omega-3 fatty acids and low in mercury during pregnancy produces smarter kids. This includes higher verbal IQ, better social and communication skills, and superior motor skills.

2- You can’t fly on a plan during pregnancy

It is basically safe to travel during  pregnancy unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Xrays, altitude pressure, all of this has no effect on the fetus and if the airlines don’t let you on the plane during the third trimester, it’s just that they’re afraid you’d go into laborin the middle of the flight. Enjoy your trip

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3- The shape of your belly determines if it’s a boy or a girl.

The position of your baby in the womb can no way predict it’s sex. The good news is, you have a 50% chance of getting it right wink emoticon To be more precise, you need a 3D ultrasound preferably inside your gynecologist’s clinic.

4- The bigger your baby the healthier he is.

They say that “the bigger your baby the healthier he is.” That’s not true; the average weight is around 3.5 kg. so, if babies are much bigger than that it’s not always a healthy.

5-Walking induces labor.

Although it’s a widely known myth but that does not make it true. In fact there’s no activity or food that can induce labor, some things can just help.

6-When pregnant you should eat for two.

No you don’t have to; you don’t need to overeat or you might end up with a bigger baby that’s not necessarily healthy, and put on extra weight.

7- Hot baths are not allowed.

You don’t need to keep the water cold, just a little bit warm. Saunas and Jacuzzi are not good for you either.

8- You can’t lay on your back only sleep on your left side.

Not true; sleep whichever way you can there’s no specific position.

9-All women are happy during pregnancy.

Not true pregnant women can have mood disorders or depression which can risk premature delivery. If you feel so you need to consult your doctor and seek help.

10-Pregnant women can’t drink coffee!

Not true , but if you’re a coffee nut you’re gonna have to cut down to one cup a day but no need to abstain completely from it

11- You can’t have a cat when you are pregnant.

Not true , you can keep your cat, but it’s safer if someone else changes its litter not you just don’t touch its feces to avoid the risk of Toxoplasmosis that’s all.

Cope with menopause

1- Sleep matters.

Most women suffer from sleeping issues during menopause; overcome them by avoiding larger meals, coffee, smoking or working and stressing yourself before bed time. Also, try drinking warm beverages like chamomile tea or warm milk before you sleep and keep your room cool and quiet.

2- You’re not alone in this.

You’re not the only one who goes through menopause; talk to a friend who is going through changes like you and support one another or talk to your doctor or a close family member.

3- Add Omega 3 to your diet.

It’s very useful as it can boost your mood and it can be found in fish like tuna and salmon

4- Start exercising.

If you aren’t used to exercising start with something simple like walking or jogging; and if you are, keep it up as it’s a great way to reduce hot flushes, mood swings and strengthen your bones. Also, try relaxation techniques like yoga.

5- Focus on your calcium intake.

Calcium is very important in this stage because you lose a lot of your bone mass which can lead to osteoporosis later on. Calcium can be found in foods like broccoli, spinach, almonds and soy milk.

6- Regular checkups

Make sure you have regular checkups like pelvic and breast exams, Pap tests, and mammograms. So, consult your doctor if your feel any lump in your breast or if you have a mole that has changed.

7- Hydrate

If you feel you’re getting a hot flash try and drink something cold like water or juice.

8- Weight gain

Yes, it does happen but no need to give into it. It happens as your body begins to store fat due to the hormonal imbalance accompanied by menopause. So, to get through it balance out your diet and limit your carbs consumption and keep exercising.

9- Natural menopause Vs. surgical one.

Although they both mean the end of the menstruation cycle, yet they are different. When a woman undergoes a hysterectomy, she deals with immediate hormonal change unlike the slower transition if it happens naturally

10-Hormones menopause.

You still have hormones that are produced by your adrenal glands. Hormones like estrogen and progesterone do decrease, but they won’t stop. That’s why women experience hot flashes, weight gain or urinary incontinence.

11- Relation between getting your period and going through menopause.

There’s no exact relation between when you start menstruation and when you go through menopause. You can guess it by answering questions like do you smoke?, Have you been pregnant?, At what age did your mom go through menopause? Knowing the answers to these questions can help you guess, yet it’s still not perfectly accurate.

12-Menopause symptoms are only physical.

Don’t you sometimes feel anxious, down or very emotional? Yes, there are emotional changes just like physical ones. It’s all due to the drop in hormonal levels of estrogen and progesterone.

13-Bladder control.

Some women may find it hard to hold urine long enough until they reach a bathroom. This is known by incontinence; you may even have some urine leak during exercise or laughing.