While you are starting to show a lot more in your pregnancy as you gain weight and your baby bump starts to grow larger, you may hear a lot of common superstitions or myths from your friends and family. While some may be a bit silly and funny, you may want to be wary of what you hear because some of these myths could be harmful or unhelpful for you and your baby.
For instance, there is a saying that you should not eat a twin banana or a double banana, in which two bananas are conjoined and grow in the same peel. While it may look interesting to eat, a lot of people from countries like the Philippines and India warn against eating it.
The myth says that if you eat a twin banana while you are pregnant, especially with twins, because they will become conjoined twins. However, there is no scientific evidence to back up such claims. In fact, studies show that adding bananas as a part of your diet while you are pregnant can have tons of benefits.
Your Doctor Visits
Should You Visit a Doctor?
Your doctor may recommend a schedule of appointments that you should follow to check on your baby. However, other than that, you might be wondering when you should call them to address any concerns you have.
For instance, if you have not felt your baby move in 12 hours when they move rather regularly, it would be best to call your doctor. While you may have just not noticed them move, it would always be better to be safe.
If you have not noticed movement in the 16th week of pregnancy, it would be best for you to be patient. Some women do not notice a flutter until about 20 weeks or more into their pregnancy. However, if you notice severe abdominal pain, bleeding, or spotting, it would be good for you to seek medical attention immediately.
Health & Safety
At this stage of pregnancy, you may start to feel your pregnancy cravings kick in. Therefore, it is important to take care of your health with the right kind of exercise and food to make sure your baby is healthy.
Luckily, there are ways you can healthily satisfy your cravings. Grab a yogurt or fruit if you want something sweet and a bit of cheese if you want a bit of salt.
While it is ideal that you do not put too much strain on your body while you are pregnant, you should still get around 30 minutes of exercise every day. You should try to opt for low-intensity exercises, such as exercises and walking. You can speak to your doctor as well to get an ideal exercise routine.
Additionally, it is ideal that you try to not lie on your back too much because you may experience dizziness and low blood pressure. It would be better to lie on your side to potentially improve hip and back discomfort and promote blood flow to your fetus.
Each stage of pregnancy has tons of surprises for women. Learning what you ought to do and know for each week will help you learn more about your baby’s development and how to take care of them.