- You can’t exercise
It’s better for you and your baby if you stay active during pregnancy. It’s safe and healthy. So long as your pregnancy has no complications you can do the same exercise that you did before you were pregnant. If you were not very active before you became pregnant, start with gentle exercise, such as walking, and build it up.
- You can’t dye your hair
Research shows it’s safe to colour your hair in pregnancy. You would need to use seriously high doses of the chemicals – far more than needed to colour your hair – to cause harm.
- You must eat for two
Before you start going down the route of ‘one for me and one for the baby’, you should probably know that this is a myth. Most women will only need to have 200 extra calories (on top of the 2,000 daily recommendation), and that’s only in the third trimester.
- You can’t have sex
Sex will do you no harm, as long as you are enjoying a healthy pregnancy. For some lucky women, sex can actually be better than ever because of the increased blood flow in the pelvic area. Others might find the opposite.
Never hesitate to talk to your midwife if you have any concerns. If you have had bleeding, have a low lying placenta or cervical weakness, you may need to abstain.
- You will be glowing and happy all the time
Pregnancy hormones can often be to blame for highs and lows, not to mention coping with pregnancy niggles, the sometimes crippling exhaustion, worrying about giving birth and the responsibilities of parenthood.
- You will have strange cravings
Contrary to popular opinion, not all mums-to-be crave pickles, or other random foods. Cravings can be triggered by hormonal changes in your body affecting taste and smell. Also sharp dips and peaks in your blood sugar levels can give you cravings for sugary, comfort foods (cake/ice cream/chocolate).
If you ever crave inedible things, such as dirt, clay or laundry detergent, get in touch with your midwife. This is known as Pica – and can be a sign of severe anaemia.
- You can’t touch cats
Your furry friend is nothing to fear in pregnancy. Recent studies show contact with cats doesn’t increase the risk of getting toxoplasmosis (an infection that can affect unborn babies). However, you do need to take care with cat litter – as this is where the parasite that causes it can live.