So you’ve made the big announcement, you’ve figured out your next doctors appointments, started a plan on getting your maternity clothes and even picked a theme for the nursery! What you didn’t see coming was the number of “helpful” individuals coming forward to share their wealth of knowledge with you regarding your pregnancy, raising your baby, etc. While we know most times people mean well, they’re not always the most informed so we’re going to go over 7 common food myths that come up during pregnancy.
Myth #1: You’re eating for two!
This might have been the first thing you heard from someone after announcing your pregnancy. A lot of people don’t realize that you’re not actually supposed to eat that much more than when you’re not pregnant. While you do need some extra calories while pregnant, it only comes out to being around 200 extra calories per day. So while it’s okay to indulge here and there (cravings are cravings), you have to remember not to overdo it too much and to make sure you get a good variety of healthy foods mixed into your diet so you have all the nutrients your body needs to support you and your growing baby bump.
Myth #2: No coffee!
If you are someone who cannot live without their morning cup of coffee, then I’m sure you’ve already run into someone telling you this myth or questioning why you’re drinking coffee. There are a ton of myths out there that caffeine, more specifically coffee is a big problem for pregnant women. It is recommended that you stay under 200 mg of caffeine per day which shouldn’t be a problem if you stick with a single, 8oz cup of coffee. Make sure you keep drinking your water to maintain your hydration. If you have concerns, speak with your doctor, especially if you have other issues such as with your blood pressure.
Myth #3: No Chocolate!
How can you tell a pregnant woman that she can’t have chocolate?! Well luckily this is just a myth and it is safe to consume chocolate during pregnancy as long as it is in moderation. Chocolate does contain some caffeine and sugar so it is best to stick with a few pieces rather than a few king sized bars. Ig you’re watching your sugar intake, you may want to opt for dark chocolate since it tends to have less sugar. There is also some evidence that eating chocolate during pregnancy could lower your risk of preeclampsia and gestational hypertension. Bring on the chocolate! 😊