Last updated on Jun 23rd, 2021 at 04:06 pm

It’s baby season! With many expectant moms already stressed about giving birth during a pandemic and how that could change your birth plan…

We’re easing mama’s burdens by busting some pregnancy myths that make your pregnancy harder than it needs to be.

Dying your hair during pregnancy

Myth: You can’t dye your hair when you are pregnant

According to an old wive’s tale, hair dye contains toxins that are absorbed through the skin and can be harmful to your unborn child. 

This would mean expectant moms and breastfeeding moms can’t colour their hair without putting their babies at risk.

Fact: SABS approved hair dyes are not toxic and safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Although hair dye does contain some chemicals that you should no apply directly to your babies sensitive skin very little of that is absorbed through your skin and barely any can reach your baby.

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According to Americanpregnancy.org.The chemicals used in mainstream hair, dyes are not toxic to you or your unborn baby. So if you want to have your hair done, you can.

Eating nuts and dairy when pregnant is related to your child allergies

Myth: Eating peanuts and dairy during pregnancy can give your child allergies

There was a time when mothers were lead to believe that eating dairy and peanuts (especially during your last trimester of pregnancy) could cause a life-threatening allergy to the foods (especially nuts) for the child.

Fact: Eating peanuts and consuming dairy is safe during pregnancy

Although some children are born with allergies, according to Healthline, most outgrow these before their teen years. 

Studies to show why some people are allergic to certain things and the links to mothers eating habits during pregnancy have been inconclusive.

Mothers who are not allergic to nuts or dairy can consume both safely.

Pregnancy and exercise

Myth: Exercising during pregnancy will cause a miscarriage

Exercising during pregnancy especially if it shakes and moves the abdominal area can disturb you pregnancy and harm your unborn baby.

Fact: Exercise is safe for most pregnant women

According to ACOG.org (American College of obstetrics and gynaecology), Exercises can be part of a healthy and normal pregnancy and will not harm the unborn baby or cause low birth weight, early delivery or miscarriage. Unless your pregnancy is high risk or your doctor has recommended bed rest intermediate exercise can contribute to a healthier pregnancy.

How to sleep when pregnant

Myth: Sleeping on your stomach will crush your baby

Many pregnant women fear sleeping on their stomachs even during the early stages of their pregnancy out of fear that their weight may crush the baby or force the baby out prematurely.

Fact: Sleeping on your stomach during pregnancy is more uncomfortable for you than your baby

Finding a comfortable way to sleep when you are pregnant (especially in the last stretch) can be tricky. Sleep.org say while sleeping on your stomach during pregnancy will probably be uncomfortable, it will not hurt your unborn baby.

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