Doctor desk: Common pregnancy myths

pregnancy myths

Great news!! You are expecting!!! But are you geared up for the crazy hormonal changes? Do not just take up any piece of advice given to you by one and all. Be smart and look up for yourself. Let’s bust some big old pregnancy myths.


‘Get set eat’

The general phrase heard during pregnancy is EAT FOR TWO. But do you really need to eat for two? Even though you have to eat healthy and get your regular dose of vital nutrients like calcium & iron, the quantity has to be moderated. You do not need extra calories until the second semester of your pregnancy. Therefore, it is not about eating more, rather it is about the right things in right quantities.

Don’t step out

There were days when women were discouraged to do any physical activity during pregnancy. Nothing could be further from the truth. Doctors recommend maintaining a regular fitness schedule to take care of your fitness and increase your chances of having a natural delivery. Not only that, it is a great way to reduce stress and even prevent other complications like gestational diabetes. If you have not started exercising, start with a walking program. However, make sure you consult your doctor before starting a regime.

Eat meat

It looks nearly impossible to be meat free during pregnancy with all the high iron and protein demands of the body during pregnancy. It might look difficult but with little extra effort, a vegetarian diet can also satisfy the nutrient requirement of body during pregnancy. Let’s look at the vegetarian alternatives for a few important nutrients:

Vegetarian sources of iron:

  • 1 cup fortified cereal
  • 1 cup cooked spinach
  • 1 cup instant fortified oatmeal
  • 1 cup dried apricots

As vitamin C helps your body to absorb iron, so it is better to pair it with the foods mentioned above.  Aim at getting 27–30 mg of iron each day.

Vegetarian sources of calcium:

  • 1 cup fortified cereal
  • 1 cup cooked spinach
  • 1 cup cooked broccoli
  • 1 cup black beans
  • 1 cup dried figs

Vegetarian sources of protein:

  • ½ cup Tofu
  • 1 veggie burger
  • ¼ cup soy nuts

It is always advisable to ask your doctor in case of any doubts. Pregnancy myths are common and don’t trust everything you read or hear!

Dr Astha Dayal
Consultant Gynaecologist and Obstetrician
Disha Clinic, DLF Phase 1
Visiting Consultant:
Artemis Hospital, Fortis Hospital and Max Hospital