Myths and Facts of Pregnancy and Conceiving
If you are a parent, you probably went through a period where you were trying to conceive. As my husband and I tried to conceive our kids, we encountered what we discovered to be ridiculous myths along the way. While fertility is different for everyone, it’s nice to know the facts and truths behind trying to conceive. Here are some myths that have been debunked about trying to conceive and pregnancy.
To Get Pregnant, You Need to Have Intercourse Every day!
Not true! While the conception journey is different for every couple, when I conceived I was trying every two or three days starting 18 days before my next ovulation period. Tools like the First Response Advanced Digital Ovulation test can help you determine when your body is ready. Treating babymaking as a job can take the fun out of it and also make you more stressed so this can help take away some of the guesswork. Just go with the flow, seriously!
Your Mom Had You Late, So You Can Start Late Too.
We were very young parents but, before we decided to start having babies, I was always told that you have well into your forties to conceive. According to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, over the years, a woman’s chances of getting pregnant are five per cent per cycle by age 40. Of course, there are many factors when it comes to this and it’s always best to seek the advice of your doctor.
Vitamin D Can Affect Your Fertility.
According to Stats Canada, most Canadians are deficient in Vitamin D. While there are further studies needed to prove that Vitamin D directly affects fertility, studies have shown that poor Vitamin D status has been associated with certain pregnancy complications such as gestational hypertension and diabetes.
If you’re thinking of starting a family soon, taking a prenatal vitamin like the First Response Prenatal Multivitamin Gummies, which has 400 IU of Vitamin D and 800 mcg of folic acid, are a great start.
Regardless of studies, Darasak and I both chose to prepare and enjoy foods that were rich in folic acid during both of my pregnancies. This was beneficial for me since I chose to increase my folate too. For us, getting healthier and making sure we both had what we needed didn’t hurt. As always, ask your doctor if this is something that will help.
Legs in the Air!
“After trying, stay in bed for half an hour with your legs up against the wall. This will help you to get pregnant.” Or so they say, whoever they are! I don’t know if this is true or not but, I didn’t do it for either of my pregnancies and it didn’t affect us conceiving both of them. The jury is still out on this one!
Eating certain foods will help you get pregnant faster
Now, let’s get this out there. All of us have parents who tell us things like “eating pineapple will help you go into labour.” Or “eating chicken on Tuesday will help you get pregnant faster.” The best advice is to eat a well-balanced diet to help your body function in the best way it knows how! Taking your prenatal vitamin helps your body be at its best too.
You’re Having Heartburn, You Have a Hairy Baby!
This one I heard a lot of while I was pregnant. The claim that if you’re experiencing acid reflux or heartburn, you’re going to have a baby with a full head of hair. For me, it turned out to be true but, heartburn is part and parcel with most pregnancies. Mine was probably due to pregnancy itself and my penchant for spicy foods!
Pregnant Women Can’t Exercise.
Isn’t this a crazy myth? While some pregnant women shouldn’t exercise, it does not mean ALL pregnant women shouldn’t exercise. In fact, most health care providers encourage you to be active. Your best bet is to talk to your doctor about this. Your doctor will know you and your situation best.
You’re Eating for Two
I was really young when I had my first daughter, so I grew accustomed to unsolicited advice. Since I was putting on weight slowly, I’d have strangers ask me how far along I was and said that I need to eat a little more, after all, I was eating for two.
Although your body is using a lot of energy and calories, it’s not like you are literally setting a plate for two. A lot of women tend to overeat because they believe they are eating for two. Talk to your doctor about the proper amount you should be eating, if you are pregnant. Sometimes it helps to get a second opinion on what or how much you should be eating during pregnancy.
Prenatal Care Isn’t Necessary.
This is another popular one I heard with old school parents. They say their parents gave birth at home, didn’t see a doctor regularly and their kids came out alright. Although it may seem like a lot of trips to the doctor, prenatal care is necessary to ensure you and your baby are healthy. While those early pregnancy appointments can be annoying, they aren’t in vain. These appointments help to monitor you and your baby and to ensure you both stay as healthy as possible!
You Have Options!
Now that we have some of the myths out of the way, let’s talk about tools that may help. While they may not work for everyone, integrating them into your routine is worth a try.
The FIRST RESPONSE Prenatal Multivitamin Gummies are a great way to make sure you are getting the nutrients you need. I took a prenatal vitamin for both of my pregnancies and it gave me peace of mind.
The FIRST RESPONSE Advanced Digital Ovulation Test is a great tool to use if you are trying to conceive. It’s over 99% accurate at detecting a women’s unique hormone levels, letting you know your most fertile days. It also features EasyRead™ technology to display unmistakable “yes”/”no results.
Many years ago, I used the FIRST RESPONSE pregnancy test to confirm I was expecting. Since then, they’ve launched the FIRST RESPONSE Early Result Pregnancy Test that lets you know up to 6 days sooner than your missed period.
Honestly, I took multiple tests but didn’t want to truly believe that I was pregnant until I used FIRST RESPONSE and saw those two pink lines. After all these years, I still have my girls’ tests too!
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There you have it, now you know some great tools that may help when you are trying to conceive and the crazy things you hear when you’re pregnant. Just know that most people mean well but, it’s always best to talk to your doctor if you have any questions.
What are some conception misconceptions you hear?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela and partner and best friend to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.