Common Pregnancy Myths Dispelled – National Prematurity Awareness Month

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Common pregnancy myths are still around today, and it’s important that both expectant mothers and their families realize that they are, in fact, myths. As part of National Prematurity Awareness Month, I’m working to dispel these common pregnancy myths. That’s because this month is a time for families to think about the health of expectant mothers and their babies and how to have a safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery.

Common Pregnancy Myths Busted

Did you know that one out of 10 babies nationwide is born prematurely each year? According to America’s Health Rankings: The Health of Women and Children Report, even though preterm births are only a small percentage of overall births, preterm infants represent a large portion of all infant deaths. Pregnancy should be a time of excitement and joy, not heartache. That’s why I’m working to dispel 5 common pregnancy myths this November, National Prematurity Awareness Month. It’s important for moms to know these myths to ensure that they and their babies stay healthy.

Dispelling common pregnancy myths is key to a healthy pregnancy. These common pregnancy myths can impact both pregnancy and the health of the baby.

Myth 1 – Pregnancy Lasts 9 Months

Most people think of pregnancy as a nine-month period – 36 weeks. However, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) defines a full-term pregnancy as 39 weeks or almost 10 months. Babies born before that mark or more likely to have respiratory problems and developmental delays.

Myth 2 – Early, Elective Inductions or Cesarean Deliveries Carry No Risk

About 33% of births in the US are by C-section. Of those, almost half are unnecessary. According to the United Healthcare survey, 31% of women said elective C-section would have no impact on a baby’s health, BUT the ACOG says early, non-medically required C-sections have a higher risk of complications and admissions to neonatal delivery units.

Myth 3 – Babies Must be Delivered in Hospitals

Over 98% of deliveries are in hospitals, but the growing popularity of birth centers are providing an alternative setting for moms who prefer a midwife model of care. The number of these centers has grown 62% since 2010 due to increased demand among millennials.

Myth 4 – There’s no Difference Between Breastfeeding and Formula

Several studies have shown the health benefits of breastfeeding to both mothers and babies. For women who can, the ACOG recommends breastfeeding exclusively for 6 months and continuing on as other foods are introduced to the diet. The can be continued for one year or longer if desired, however, 57% of women thought that new mothers should breastfeed for fewer than 12 months.

Myth 5 – A Little Alcohol is Okay

One of the most dangerous common pregnancy myths. Some people believe that a small amount of alcohol will have no impact or a baby, especially during the first trimester. However, according to the March of Dimes, no amount of alcohol at any point during pregnancy is proven to be safe for the baby. Potential health impacts on babies include premature birth, developmental issues, and birth defects.

Dispelling common pregnancy myths is key to a healthy pregnancy. These common pregnancy myths can impact both pregnancy and the health of the baby.

Busting Common Pregnancy Myths for a Healthier Pregnancy

These common pregnancy myths can impact the health of a mother’s baby, and that’s something no mom wants. This November, National Prematurity Awareness Month, share these common pregnancy myths with every mom you know and help them have the healthiest pregnancy, birth, and baby possible.