Debunking Pregnancy Myths Part One

Debunking Pregnancy Myths Part One

This series was originally posted on Instagram, but I figured having it all available in one place would be helpful too :).

There is so much misinformation around what a mama-to-be should and shouldn’t be doing that I thought it would be helpful to begin DEBUNKING PREGNANCY MYTHS as a way to help clarify the mega confusing messages that pregnant women receive!

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MYTH #1 : Pregnant Women Should Avoid Fish

This couldn’t be further from the truth! Wild caught, fatty fish (such as salmon, mackerel, sardines and halibut) is the best place to get super important omega-3 fatty acids – DHA and EPA – which are hard to find in other foods. The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish are essential for your baby’s early development – they promote fetal brain and nervous system development, decrease the risk of postpartum depression, and contribute to a healthy pregnancy by lowering the risk of preeclampsia, low birth weight and preterm birth. Make sure you’re choosing WILD CAUGHT fatty fish that’s low in mercury – salmon, sardines, herring, mackerel, halibut, sole, flounder, haddock, ocean perch, pollock, cod and trout.

MYTH #2 : Pregnant Women Should Avoid Deli Meats

The truth is that you should absolutely AVOID deli meats from NON-ORGANIC animals, that contain nitrates or other preservatives, and are sitting in a deli case at your grocery store. On the other hand, consuming organic, nitrate-free deli meats in sealed packages is totally fine! Your local health food store will definitely carry these! Niman Ranch, Organic Prairie, Wellshire or Applegate Farms are great brands to look for. A great snack I recommend for pregnant mamas is taking Niman Ranch organic roast beef slices, adding chopped avocado and sauerkraut and then rolling them up to eat. Yum!

MYTH #3 : Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Eat Runny Egg Yolks

This is one myth that drives me absolutely CRAZY. Pregnant women absolutely SHOULD eat runny egg yolks! It’s important to consume egg yolks that are only lightly cooked, as the heat will damage many of the highly perishable nutrients in the yolk. Here’s where the confusion lies – the eggs MUST be from ORGANIC, PASTURE-RAISED chickens. The egg yolk is where all of the good stuff is – including CHOLINE which is mega important in fetal development. Choline promotes proper nervous system, tooth and brain development, and has even been shown to increase memory in a child! Egg yolks (but not whites) contain vitamins A, D, E and K along with omega-3 fats. Compared to the whites, egg yolks also contain more beneficial folate and vitamin B12. The yolks also contain all of the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin. But the antioxidant properties of egg yolks are reduced by about 50 percent when the eggs are fried or hard boiled. They also have a great deal of zinc and magnesium, which is important for a healthy immune system. So eat those runny egg yolks mama, they will work wonders for you and your baby!

MYTH #4 : Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Exercise Their Core Muscles

We love what our friends from The Blood Method say about fitness during pregnancy. Brooke Cates, founder of TBM, says “Pregnant women typically avoid core exercises during pregnancy because they are confused as to what they can do and it’s easier to just avoid any core work, than to be unsure if they will harm the baby or themselves. We encourage core work during pregnancy, but are very specific about HOW to do this. We teach pregnant women diaphragmatic breath via belly pumping and deep core awareness in all movements. Tapping into the deep core allows women to maintain strength and stability in their abdomen as it grows. This is crucial for a number of reasons but my top favorites are: to prevent aches & pains during pregnancy (both low back and pelvic related), prevent abdominal separation, allow for more effective pushing during labor, quicker healing postpartum, and a stronger core foundation for life. Gaining a deep awareness of your core DURING pregnancy provides for a great rehabilitative platform throughout the first 6 weeks postpartum. We HIGHLY recommend beginning to re-strengthen the deep core as early as 1 day postpartum (for vaginal births).”

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MYTH #5 : Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Drink Eggnog

It’s the holiday season, eggnog is everywhere, and pregnant women are generally told to stay away from the nutrient-dense delicious drink due to the raw eggs. Here’s the thing – you absolutely CAN drink eggnog, and you should! I tell all my mamas to make their own (alcohol free) eggnog – but you must absolutely only use ORGANIC, PASTURE-RAISED eggs to minimize possible contamination. Here’s my fav recipe: one 12 oz bpa-free full fat can coconut milk (at room temperature), ¼ cup filtered water, 2 eggs from organic, pasture-raised chickens, 1 tsp alcohol-free vanilla, ½ tsp nutmeg (fresh if possible), ¼ tsp cinnamon, and sweetener of choice (I recommend raw honey or maple syrup). In a blender, first combine coconut milk & water, then add eggs, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon. Blend on high speed until the mixture is frothy. Add sweetener of choice until desired sweetness. Chill before serving. Pour into glasses, and garnish with a dusting of cinnamon and a cinnamon stick. Happy holidays!

Let’s Talk!

I’d love to use this space as a forum of sorts, providing inspiration and community among my readers, so … I want to hear from you!

What other crazy pregnancy myths have you been told? Any that I should BUST for you?

Quick! Share your favorite Eggnog recipe with me! It’s the holidays and I’m always looking for new recipes to try!

Do you have a favorite go-to pregnancy exercise routine that incorporates your core?

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