No hot dogs. No hot baths and lots of hot flushes. Or is it that you CAN have hot dogs, just not the processed type and you should only avoid hot baths in a certain trimester?
Pregnancy is the one time of your life you will be bombarded with information and actually want to know it all.
But it’s tricky.
Old wives tales linger, different studies contradict themselves and really all you want is the facts. So… What should you avoid and what is just a myth?
1. Avoid flying during your first or last trimester.
You CAN fly during your first and last trimester. Image via iStock.
There are no problems flying during your first trimester and between 28 to 40 weeks for a single pregnancy. Airlines such as Qantas and Jetstar will allow you to travel on flights under four hours with a doctor’s letter. Check with your individual airline first.
2. You must avoid eating sushi.
Yeah sorry, it’s true.
While mums groups always come up with the “but Japanese women eat it while pregnant all the time in Japan” the recommendation from NSW Health is not to.
This is because raw seafood and ready-made foods like sushi carry a high risk of listeria contamination. Listeriosis can cause miscarriage, stillbirths and serious illness in babies.
You can’t see listeria so even if the sushi looks fresh it could still be dangerous.
Better to be safe than sorry they say. Right?
No sushi for you. Image via iStock.
3. You can’t get the flu vaccine.
Nicolle Jenkins, the Director of My Midwives has been a midwife for more than nine years, and delivered (she estimates) at least 200 babies.
She told Mamamia that getting the flu vaccine is vital while you are pregnant.
“Pregnant women have a weakened immune response and are therefore four to five times more likely to contract influenza during their pregnancy.”
She said that the vaccination is recommended at any stage during pregnancy and there are no known adverse outcomes for women or their unborn babies. In fact the influenza vaccine can provide protection to the unborn baby from birth to around six-months of age.
You can protect your baby even before they're born with a flu shot. Image via iStock.
Vaccination may decrease the risk of stillbirth, miscarriage and pre-term labour. She says it’s also a myth that the vaccine will give you the flu.
“The vaccine doesn’t contain the live virus so it will not infect you with influenza.” Jenkins says.
4. Avoid pets while you are pregnant.
Jenkins says you can have pets (phew, Fido you are allowed to stay) but if you have cats you should avoid changing the kitty litter.
“Cats' faeces carry a parasitic infections called toxoplasmosis. This parasite can cause fetal abnormalities.”
Grumpy cat doesn't care for a clean kitty litter. Image via iStock.
5. Avoid the hairdresser if you want a colour.
True and False.