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 marks.
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