Isn’t it amazing at how everyone seems to know everything there is to know about pregnancy? There are so many pregnancy wives tales around it is hard to know what is true and what is false. However, there are a lot of fallacies that need to be straightened out.
When my mom was pregnant with her fourth and last child, everyone told her she would be having a girl. Based on her cravings, the shape of her belly, and a ton of other signs, some people just knew she was pregnant with a girl.
But my mom knew she was having a boy.
It came as no surprise to my mother when she found out that she was, in fact, having a son. She couldn’t explain how she knew; it was just a mother’s instinct.
Everyone grows up believing a host of pregnancy “rules” and “standards”. While some beliefs are valid, others are completely false. Here are six pregnancy myths that everyone believes:
1. A pregnant mommy should eat for two
While it is true that pregnancy can often strike up cravings, you shouldn’t be eating that much more than you would if you weren’t pregnant. In fact, during your first trimester, you shouldn’t be eating (or feeling the urge to eat) more than you normally do.
During your second trimester, you’ll want to start eating 300-350 more calories a day. During the third trimester, you’ll want about 500 extra calories a day. If you’re carrying more than one baby, you’ll want to include about 300 extra calories per baby, so an extra 600 for your twins.