Pregnancy Facts and Fiction

pregnancy facts and fiction

Exercise, eating, and mood during pregnancy

There’s a lot of advice out there about pregnancy. Here are some common myths—and the facts.

Myth: Pregnant women should avoid exercise.

FACT: Being active is healthy and safe for most pregnant women!

Aim for 30 minutes of exercise most days of the week. It helps you:

  • Stay fit
  • Avoid gaining too much weight
  • Reduce your risk of getting diabetes during pregnancy

Myth: You’re eating for two.

FACT: It’s true that what you eat also feeds your growing baby. But you only need 300 extra calories per day!

  • Make those few extra calories count by choosing healthy foods like:
  • Fruits and vegetables (sliced apples, carrot sticks)
  • Whole grains (plain popcorn, brown rice, oatmeal)
  • Low-fat dairy products (cheese sticks, cottage cheese, yogurt)
  • Lean meats or fish (baked chicken, tilapia, cod, canned tuna)

Myth: Pregnancy is a joyful time for all women.

FACT: Some women feel depressed during pregnancy.

Hormonal changes that happen at this time may be one reason. Talk with your doctor if you:

  • Feel sad or anxious
  • Cry more than usual
  • Lose interest in things you usually enjoy

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