Learn about these misconceptions regarding pregnancy
Some common beliefs on pregnancy are false, so be careful if you believe them, as they have no scientific or medical basis. Common misconceptions include the belief that contraceptive methods will weaken your chances of pregnancy when you stop using them, or that the second pregnancy may happen as easily as your first one did. You’ll need to let go of these beliefs now.
Key misconceptions regarding pregnancy
The most common myths
- You will face no problems getting pregnant for the second time since your first pregnancy happened without problems. This is false because pregnancy is affected by age and other physical and psychological factors. If you’re over 35 and couldn’t conceive again despite trying several times for a whole year, then you’ll have to see a doctor.
- Worrying about not getting pregnant two months after marriage: there’s no need to worry; doctors advise you not to seek medical help before a year or more has passed.
- Women suffer more from fertility problems than men: this is false, as men too have their problems that could delay pregnancy.
- Pregnancy happens with repeated sexual intercourse regardless of the timing: this is not always true because conceiving has to do with the intercourse timing in relation to ovulation. It’s therefore necessary to keep an eye on the “fertile window” of the menstrual cycle.
- Showering after sexual intercourse prevents pregnancy: this is a misconception; water doesn’t prevent insemination.
- The fetus’s gender can be determined by choosing certain kinds of food or a certain date for sexual intercourse. This myth is weird and not scientifically proven.
- To increase your chances of pregnancy, determine your “fertile window” using available methods. The best time to get pregnant is right after ovulation.
- Try not to have too many caffeinated drinks; they cause stress and negatively affect your chances of conception. Two cups of coffee a day are enough. Also try to avoid soft drinks and energy drinks.
- Follow a healthy and balanced diet to strengthen your ovulation. Have foods that are rich in vitamins (especially vitamins C and D) on a daily basis. Don’t forget foods that are rich in folic acid, zinc, calcium, and other nutrients.
- Try to avoid taking very hot showers. It’s best to avoid wearing tight clothes too.