Staying Healthy
During Pregnancy
- The Misconceptions and Myths Explained

Staying Healthy During Pregnancy - The Misconceptions and Myths Explained

There’s a lot of information to take in when you find out you’re pregnant and you probably have a lot of unanswered questions. Are there any foods I should avoid eating? Can I still exercise? Am I allowed a glass of wine?

Understanding official guidelines for eating, drinking and exercising during pregnancy will help you give your baby the best start in life.

Here’s some of the most common misconceptions explained.

Staying Healthy During Pregnancy - The Misconceptions and Myths Explained

I shouldn’t exercise when pregnant

On the contrary! As long as you feel comfortable continuing the exercise you’re used to (at a moderate level), then it can actually help. The fitter you are, the easier your body will adapt to putting on a few pounds, giving birth and getting back in to shape once baby arrives.

Its always important to be carful and follow NHS guidelines. These can be found here.

I can have a glass of wine every now and then

Research shows that any amount of alcohol during pregnancy can be harmful to your developing baby. To reflect this, the official healthcare guideline is to abstain from alcohol when planning for a baby or when pregnant.

Since 2016 the Chief Medical Officer for England has advised that “If you are pregnant or think that you could become pregnant, the safest approach is not to drink at all, to keep risks to your baby to a minimum.”

The full report can be found here.

If you’re alcohol dependent and need help going alcohol free safely, contact your midwife or GP for advice and support.

I’m not allowed to eat runny eggs

For many years pregnant women were told to avoid undercooked eggs to avoid the risk of salmonella. However, the latest recommendation states that eggs stamped with the official red lion (meaning they’re produced under a food safety standard called the British Lion Code of Practice) are perfectly ok to eat partially cooked. Good news for dippy egg lovers!

Visit the NHS website for further information about what foods should be avoided during pregnancy.

I’m ‘eating for two’

Its easy to see why some would assume you need more calories when you’re growing a baby. This is true for the 3rd trimester of your pregnancy. Its recommended that you consume around 200 more calories than your normal, pre-natal daily intake. However, for trimester 1 and 2, so for the first 6 months of pregnancy, you don’t need to increase your calorie intake at all.

It’s important to remember however that we all come in different shapes and sizes so the amount of calories we require will vary from person to person. If you’re unsure about how much to eat and how to achieve a healthy diet during pregnancy, talk to your midwife or GP.

Start 4 Life provide some great tips for eating healthily during pregnancy