Neuman OB/GYN is Jacksonville’s source for OB/GYN services, pregnancy care, and women’s health, keeping you happy and healthy in any stage of life. We’re passionate about teaching women healthy habits for pregnancy and beyond—but we’re also here to dispel any women’s health myths along the way.

There’s so much information about pregnancy on the internet—a lot of which is not accurate. In this blog, we’re going to set the record straight on some of the most popular pregnancy myths.

Myth: Having one drink during pregnancy won’t hurt.

The Truth: Whether you sneak a sip of someone’s champagne at a party or choose to avoid alcohol altogether, one thing is clear—pretty much every single credible scientific study has linked alcohol consumption during pregnancy to fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), including studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), which state explicitly that pregnant women should avoid alcohol completely throughout their pregnancy journey.

Ultimately, the choice to consume alcohol or not is yours—but do you really want to run the risk of compromising the health of your child with ailments that are completely preventable? There’s no room for discussion here—avoid alcohol completely to avoid pregnancy complications and fetal health issues.

Myth: No cheese is allowed during pregnancy.

The Truth: Not all cheeses are risky during pregnancy. The key is to find cheeses that are pasteurized, because they won’t cause food-borne illnesses. However, unpasteurized soft cheeses like Brie, feta, and goat cheese can compromise your health during pregnancy.

There’s no universal rule for what cheeses are pasteurized or not pasteurized—so always read food labels before purchasing or consuming cheese products.

Myth: Pregnancy is about eating for two.

The Truth: Not exactly. While eating a few extra calories certainly won’t hurt, the average woman only needs about 300 extra calories per day during the second and third trimester. More than anything, it’s important to focus on what you eat, not just how much you eat, for a healthy pregnancy and optimal fetal development. We’ve discussed it before, and we’ll certainly discuss it again.

Myth: Pregnant women only crave foods that their bodies need for optimal nutrition during pregnancy.

The Truth: Ask your mom about what she craved when she was carrying you—chances are, she craved ice cream, Italian food, or Taco Bell burritos. Do you really think your body needs these foods for optimal nutrition? You’re going to crave these foods for your entire life, and not because your body needs them.

During pregnancy, you’ll crave just about everything. Make sure you’re getting proper nutritional intake, and realize your cravings for junk food are exactly that—cravings that your body (and mind) are begging you to satiate.

Bust some myths with your Jacksonville OB/GYN!

The internet is chock-full of pregnancy myths, and the best way to learn the truth is to talk to the expert—your OB/GYN. That’s where Neuman OB/GYN can help! Our experienced staff members are happy to discuss what’s true about pregnancy and what’s not, so you always know you’re making the right decisions for you and your child. Get started with Neuman OB/GYN today!