I’m slowly easing into my mid-second trimester and these past days I’ve been feeling “normal” again! No more queasiness or feeling fatigue, and that sensitivity over food finally fading… (finally, I can eat whatever I want…well except fried chicken- the mere thought still makes me gag..). I’m so relieved to find out what they say about the second trimester is true- that its definitely 100x better than the first!
Now that I’m already sporting a bump (and slowly gaining too!), people can’t help but notice. And as if by instinct, some colleagues, friends and even our landlord start to give me random advice about not doing this or that. Especially staying in Cambodia, its interesting to note how many pregnancy myth people believe and follow!
So here I’m writing down some of the amusing myths I’ve heard so far…
Myth # 1: Don’t drink dark drinks or your baby will turn out to be dark. In contrast, drink milk so your baby’s skin will turn out white. Or have regular interaction with white skinned people, so your baby will have white skin too!
Well, for Ico and I who both have brown skin, I’m quite sure our baby will turn out morena too- no matter how many gallons of milk I drink! And even though I work with Caucasians everyday I’m quite sure their skin color won’t rub off on my baby!
Myth #2: Don’t go swimming or do exercise when pregnant
Exercise, especially walking and swimming is actually good for pregnant women. I myself find swimming relaxing and I’m definitely inclined to take some dips during my third trimester when my belly gets heavier! So, pregnancy is no excuse to stay in bed and become lazy (well, except when you’re feeling nauseous).
Myth #3: Being outside during full moon can create harmful side effects to the baby’s physical/mental health
I’ve searched and searched for studies that would prove this to be true, but to date there are no scientific evidence to prove that the moon has any effect on pregnancy! So for me right now, I consider this a myth (unless you have any resources I can read that actually correlates the full moon and harmful effects on babies!). What I do believe is that praying and declaring good health for the baby will make him/her physically and mentally well!
Myth #4: You always have to be happy to ensure the baby’s good health
Like any normal person, a pregnant woman feels emotions like stress, loneliness and of course, joy. New studies actually show how “tolerable” stress is actually good for the baby and increases his/her chances of survival in the real world. I guess it has something to do with coping mechanisms. So cut your preggy friends some slack and allow them to feel sentimental from time to time.
Myth #5: You can’t drink coffee when you’re pregnant
This debunked myth is great news for coffee lovers like me! HOWEVER, there’s a regulated amount of coffee that you can drink in a day. Research finds that drinking 1 cup of coffee a day won’t do any harm for your baby (or you!). So friends, sorry but this girl’s going to go out for coffee one of these days. But of course with limit.
Other interesting myths I hear about is how to know the baby’s gender. People say when you’re inclined to wearing dark shades and is “carrying low”, you’re probably having a baby boy, while if you experience less morning sickness and often crave for sweets, its a girl! And the list goes on… Well, what if I have all those symptoms? Haha… no kidding!
Anyway, we will settle this once and for all when i go for another ultrasound appointment this week. We will finally learn our baby’s gender and I can’t wait!! Then I’ll be able to start planning for colors and baby names!! ^_^