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Fact from Ficton: De-bunking the Common Pregnancy Myths

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When you get pregnant all of a sudden there is a huge list of things you can and can'??t eat. On top of that everyone from your mother to your doctor to '??experts'?? online are telling you can'??t do certain things. From wearing nail polish to not eating certain cheeses to what medications you can take, MomTrends attempts to dissect the pregnancy facts from fiction.

1. Can I eat? Doctors recommend that pregnant women shouldn'??t eat soft unpasteurized cheeses like Brie, Camembert, Mexican cheddar, or Feta since since they may contain a bacteria called listeria that can cause miscarriage. This is also true for unpasteurized juices and deli meats that can harbor e-coli. Doctors also advise against eating certain types of fish like shark, swordfish, king mackerel, and tilefish since they have a high amount of mercury. Albacore tuna is also on this list but doctors state having up to 6 ounces (170 g) per week is ok. However, you can (and should) still eat fish '?? especially those rich with omega 3s, DHA and fatty acids that are essential for brain development. We love salmon, flounder, scallops, catfish and crab '?? just make sure the fish is fully cooked (sorry, no sushi '?? but think of how good your favorite roll will be after you deliver your baby!)'?¨

2. Can I fly? You can, of course, still fly when you are pregnant and considering a trip may be a great idea so you can get in some rest and relaxation before the baby is born. Doctors advise doing so during the second trimester (when you most likely feel your best) and try to avoid traveling during the first when you may be feeling and sick and exhausted or the third in order to avoid the risk of going into labor on a plane (although what a story that would be!).

3. Can I change my cat'??s litter? Pregnant women shouldn'??t change a cat'??s litter '?? not necessary due to the litter itself but cats are considered carriers for a parasite that causes toxoplasmosis (an infection). This infection, if caught, can cause miscarriage, birth defects, or brain damage. If you have cats, ask your partner or a friend to help you out during your pregnancy.

4. Don'??t use prescription acne cream. During pregnancy, hormone levels elevate, which can cause the skin to change such as with the emergence of acne. To treat acne, consult with your doctor or health care provider about a safe-skin care plan. The American Pregnancy Association does not recommend the use of Accutane, Retin-A and Tetracycline '?? since they are show to cause birth defects.

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5. Can I take'?¦? Pregnant women get sick too and we don'??t just mean from nausea. In general, doctors advise against Advil but say Tylenol is ok '?? ask you doctor for a list of what you can take. This also includes what vitamins and cold and flu remedies considered safe for you and your baby.

6. Can I visit the dentist? If you have to go to the dentist ask your doctor about what precautions you should take (many will say it'??s ok during the second trimester'?? but will advise against getting any X-Rays).'?¨

7. Can I have caffeine? For those of us that need our daily Cup of Joe, you will be happy to hear that coffee is considered safe during pregnancy. Now, we aren'??t talking about slinging back 6 cups a day '?? no more than two cups is considered ok (any more than that is said to cross the placenta and affect the baby). This also applies to caffeinated teas. '?¨

8. Can I have a glass of wine? Health experts such as the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that women should not have any alcoholic beverages while they are pregnant '?? since it may cause fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Think of your 9 months as a time to nurture your baby and detox from anything harmful - and trust us that glass of wine will taste even better after the baby the born.

Serena Norr is a NYC-based writer/editor, soup-maker, a mama to a toddler and now a pregnant mama with her second child. You can read more soup recipes on her blog:
It should be noted we are not doctors, we're just passing along our findings.

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