Seven Pregnancy Myths and Truths About Pregnancy from OakBend Medical Center

Myth: I can now eat for two.

Truth: For the first trimester, you only need an

additional 300 calories a day, and during the second and third trimesters, you only need an extra 500 calories a day.

Myth: It’s okay to have an occasional glass of wine.

Truth: There is no safe amount or type of alcohol

during pregnancy, and even moderate intake can lead to lifelong problems for your baby.

Myth Do not drink coffee.

Truth: Small amounts of coffee, like one cup a day,

is usually fine.

Myth: Do not take a hot bath.

Truth: Make sure the water is not too hot, and

avoid spa baths as they make your temperature rise, which may lead to overheating, fainting or dehydration.

Myth: Don’t dye your hair.

Truth: Today’s hair dyes have shallow doses of

chemicals, but if you are worried, look for a semi-permanent vegetable dye.

Myth: Don’t exercise.

Truth: You should exercise 20 to 30 minutes per

day, 4 to 5 times per week, but avoid exercises that can lead to falling, such as horseback riding or skiing.

Myth: Expensive creams can help avoid stretch


Truth: There is no proof that any cream or oil will

prevent stretch marks, which most likely will fade in time.

You should know about a few more myths, so make an appointment with your OakBend OB/GYN today.  For more information, visit