When Catherine Amahoro first conceived she had no idea about most of the things she sought advice from friends and family who had given birth before.
However, this came with false information that was misleading. When she bled in her first trimester, one of her friends told her that she was at risk of having a miscarriage, which worried her, however, when she consulted her gynecologist, he explained that not all bleeding indicates miscarriage, she checked and it was safe.
Her doctor noted that vaginal bleeding is common in the first trimester, occurring in 20 to 40 percent of women, although a check-up is necessary to understand the cause of the bleeding.
People also told Amahoro that if she gave birth to her baby by caesarean section, that would be the case for other pregnancies, which is false. Experts say that a vaginal birth after cesarean section (VBAC) may be considered an option for many women based on their health history, the cause of the first C-section, and the location of the C-section scar.
Dr. Kenneth Ruzindana, a consultant at the University Teaching Hospital of Kigali (CHUK), says there is a false notion that there are ways to tell if it’s a boy or a girl.
Most women should engage in light to moderate exercise during pregnancy. Photos/Net
He explains that positioning the baby in the tummy, holding a wedding ring over a woman’s abdomen and watching which way it spins, or how active the baby is, are all false.
“An ultrasound is the only way to reveal the sex of the baby. However, it is also not one hundred percent reliable, ”she states.
Ruzindana further points out that the other common myth is that when some women are pregnant, they claim that they should eat for two. There is no evidence to support that. The extra amount you need to eat depends on the mother’s weight and height. And also how active they are and how far along they are in the pregnancy.
In general, most women should only eat about 400 to 450 extra calories per day during pregnancy. That’s a couple of extra healthy snacks like fruit, eggs or juice, she adds.
For him, overeating is bad for both mother and baby. Eating a healthy and balanced diet is recommended.
He states that another myth is about morning sickness, as some people believe that it occurs only in the morning.
It highlights that the truth is that nausea and vomiting during pregnancy can occur at any time of the day due to hormonal changes in the woman’s body. For most women, it is more common in the morning and begins to improve after three months. But for many women, it is different.
“Another myth is that women with heartburn mean their baby has a lot of hair. There is a small research study that showed there might be a connection between having heartburn during pregnancy and the thickness of the baby’s hair, however, it was only a very small unrelated study. Heartburn has nothing to do with the amount of hair on the baby’s head,” says Dr. Ruzindana.
According to Medical News Today, a trusted platform for health information and breaking news from the world of medical research, there is a common myth that a woman should avoid exercise during pregnancy. Most women should engage in light to moderate exercise during pregnancy. A woman who did not exercise regularly before becoming pregnant should talk to a health professional before starting a new routine.
“Another myth is that a woman should avoid sex during pregnancy. Sex has no effect on a healthy pregnancy. In rare cases, a doctor will recommend abstaining from sexual intercourse during pregnancy. For example, if there has been heavy bleeding during pregnancy or when your water has broken, ”she states.