Is there a time of greater expectation in a woman’s life than pregnancy? Whether you are carrying your very first time or your eighth, what goes on inside your body is new and exciting and different than anything else you experience as a woman. For months you are literally bursting with potential.
And while this precious time is so beautiful, it can quickly become a hotbed for anxiety and fear as the field of advice and opinions of those around you. From the internet, the world is ablaze with bad advice for mums. We’ve gathered some of the very worst lies we tell pregnant women, and we’re here to debunk them. Get ready to relax as we clear the motherhood air for you.
Eat what you want! Baby needs it! But beware: what the little one at your center is actually asking for is around 300 calories a day. Just eat what you feel like, as long as it won’t harm your child.
You’re approaching your due date, and with the back pain, the soreness in your hips, and the overall exhaustion, you’d just really like to put to bed as quickly as possible. So you do what you’re told and WALK. While walking is fabulous for you and your overall well being, it won’t do a lick of good to jump start labor. Walk, yes. But do it for exercise or relaxation, not to start labor.
I’m not sure how this idea ever came to be, but we tout the size of our babies like prize watermelon. Is there an inherent reward for birthing 3kg baby? Pay no attention. Babies are babies are babies, and each & every one is an absolute blessing. Your small baby is not starting out behind, and vice versa, your jumbo child is not winning at anything. Relax and enjoy your baby.
You may be knocked out with truest love for your little one from the start, but when the middle of the night happens and you find yourself frustrated with her for just not sleeping, DO NOT beat yourself up about those feelings. They are completely normal, and so are you. So is your baby, as a matter of fact.
Having babies is closely associated with baby showers, gifts and researching the latest gear. Go to any garage sale at the home of a toddler and you will see all the things bought that were either never or barely used. But what babies truly need are diapers, a few clothes and a blanket, a safe place to sleep, a food source, and loving arms to hold them. If you have those things, you have everything. All the rest is fluff.
Ok, so this one is sort of-probably-mostly true. But the truer part is that it really doesn’t matter. Sure you’re a little looser around the hips, maybe a bit less perky breasts BUT YOU HAVE A BABY. You created a human being out of next to nothing ALL BY YOURSELF (mostly!). So what if you have a few scars, stretch marks, or love handles? Those, sister, we call battle scars, and you ought to wear them with pride! They are motherhood badges of honor. Also, just because your body looks different than it did before, it doesn’t make you any less beautiful.
So there you have it, a heap of lies. May you rest lighter now with the weight of myth lifted from your pregnant self!