7 Common Pregnancy Myths Debunked

Did you know that sound vitamin nutrition during the first thousand days of a child’s life, starting at conception through the second birthday, provides a critical opportunity to permanently change children’s lives for the better? It’s true. Studies show that vital nutrient support during this window of rapid brain growth sets the stage for improved health, cognition and learning throughout a child’s life.

  1. unnamedYou must “eat for two” now!
    • Only about 300 extra calories per day (about ¼ cup almonds + one serving plain yogurt) are needed in the second trimester, increasing to 500 calories in the third trimester.
  2. Only women need to take supplements before pregnancy. 
    • Folic acid is now thought to be an important supplement in male fertility. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley found that men had a higher rate of chromosomal abnormalities in their sperm when their diet was low in folic acid.
  3. Pregnant women and children in the U.S. are not at risk of under-nutrition. 
    • One in six Americans does not have access to enough food. A lack of adequate nutrition negatively affects children’s physical and cognitive health.
  4. Pregnant women should avoid exercise. 
    • Regular, moderate exercise is good for you and your baby. Of course, you should check with your health care provider before starting any exercise regimen. 
  5. Women should avoid eating fish.
    • Omega-3 fatty acids, which are concentrated in fish, are good for a baby’s developing brain (and your brain too)! If you’re worried about mercury and other contaminants, try an omega-3 supplement that’s high in DHA or limit your servings of low mercury fish to 2 per week.
  6. Women over 35 have a significantly increased risk of having a baby with birth defects. 
    • If you are 35, you have a 99.7 percent chance of not having a baby with Down syndrome; if you are 45, you have a 97 percent chance of not having a baby with Down syndrome;
  7. You can’t get pregnant while you are breastfeeding. 
    • Yes, you can.


  1. I am so glad this is being blogged about. There is so many misconceptions about pregnancy. Very informative post!