PREG­NANCY MYTHS DE­BUNKED

From ex­er­cis­ing be­ing not safe to do­ing pre-natal yoga for nor­mal labour, we bust some myths about fit­ness rou­tines for to-be mums

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Ex­perts usu­ally rec­om­mend main­tain­ing a reg­u­lar and light ex­er­cise rou­tine dur­ing preg­nancy, but women like Aus­tralian nu­tri­tion­ist and fit­ness model So­phie Guidolin and Amer­i­can ath­lete Alysia Montano opted for a dif­fer­ent ap­proach dur­ing their three trimesters.

Guidolin ac­tively ad­vo­cated heavy ex­er­cise. Pic­tures of her lift­ing weights in her 26th week of preg­nancy went vi­ral on so­cial media three weeks ago, draw­ing crit­i­cism. On a so­cial net­work­ing site, she wrote, “A lot of peo­ple ex­press con­cern over women ex­er­cis­ing in preg­nancy. There are so many myths, old wives tales and opin­ions out there; it is hard to un­der­stand what’s the truth and what is made up. In my opin­ion, lis­ten to no one ex­cept a qual­i­fied and trusted med­i­cal staff (sic).”

Montano made head­lines last year for com­plet­ing an 800 me­tre race in less than three min­utes, when she was eight months preg­nant.

While one may or may not agree with their work­out philoso­phies, gyne­col­o­gists and fit­ness ex­perts ac­cept that many women tend to avoid ex­er­cis­ing dur­ing preg­nancy — a myth they would like to see busted. Deepali Jain, an aqua work­out spe­cial­ist, says, “I have trained with al­most 13 preg­nant women, and I feel that ex­pect­ing moth­ers should ex­er­cise. It pro­motes flex­i­bil­ity of the joints and re­laxes the mus­cles, thus pro­mot­ing an easy de­liv­ery.” Tak­ing note, we list a few more myths that can be done away with:

MYTH: Do pre-natal yoga for nor­mal labour.

RE­AL­ITY: There is no study to sub­stan­ti­ate that pre-natal yoga re­sults in nor­mal labour.

MYTH: Ab­dom­i­nal work­outs are un­safe.

RE­AL­ITY: Not only are they safe, but they also strengthen your ab­dom­i­nal and pelvic mus­cles — a must dur­ing preg­nancy.

MYTH: You should eat for two.

RE­AL­ITY: You only need to in­crease your in­take of iron, cal­cium, folic acid and es­sen­tial vi­ta­mins. Avoid sugar, spices and deep-fried food. Weight gain dur­ing preg­nancy should be 7-11kg.

MYTH: An oc­ca­sional glass of beer or wine is al­lowed.

RE­AL­ITY: Ex­perts say con­sump­tion of al­co­hol is avoid­able dur­ing preg­nancy, even in mod­er­a­tion.

MYTH: Mul­ti­ple ul­tra­sono­gra­phies (USGs) harm the baby.

RE­AL­ITY: USGs are safe and help in right di­ag­no­sis of the foe­tus.

MYTH: Pas­sive smok­ing is ac­cept­able.

RE­AL­ITY: Pas­sive smok­ing is equally dan­ger­ous and in­creases the risk of birth-re­lated de­fects.

This pic­ture, posted online by nu­tri­tion­ist and fit­ness model So­phie Guidolin, sparked a de­bate

about how far ex­pec­tant moth­ers

should go when it comes to ex­er­cis­ing with­out putting their

ba­bies at risk

(With in­puts from Ki­ran Coelho,

con­sul­tant gy­ne­col­o­gist and ob­ste­tri­cian, and Ban­dita Sinha,

gy­ne­col­o­gist and ob­ste­tri­cian)

PHOTO: IN­STA­GRAM

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