Dear women, if you are at the beginning, or you are planning on having the most precious, life-worth living creature – a baby, then here are few answers to some of the most controversial questions:
- Should pregnant women dye their hair?
There is a famous saying that dying your hair while pregnant is harmful for the baby. But is that true? Well, not exactly, but sort of. Pregnant women should avoid anything chemically processed – from food to hair dye. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), hair dyes are probably safe to use during pregnancy because so little dye is absorbed through the skin. However, it is still important to be cautious and better consider waiting until the second trimester for hair dye, bleaching, permanents or straightening, when your developing baby is less vulnerable.
2. Should pregnant women take hot showers?
As relaxing and long, steamy showers or hot tub can be, it’s the best that pregnant women avoid saunas, Jacuzzi or anything that raises the body temperature over 102 degrees (38.9°C), cause it actually increases the risk for birth defects in the first trimester and dehydration later in the pregnancy.
3. Should pregnant women eat for two?
For sure the appetite raises, but carrying a baby actually requires only 300 extra calories a day. The average size of the babies thirty years ago was 6 pounds, and today is 8 pounds.
The reason for that is over-eating, particularly carbohydrates and not enough proteins, vegetables and healthy fats. There is not a specific formula or a diet that pregnant women should follow, but keeping the healthy lifestyle, especially good eating habits which are most important, might be the right answer.
4. Should pregnant women consume caffeine?
Many researches indicated that woman who consumed 200 mg or more caffeine a day had double the risk of miscarriage of those who took in no caffeine. It’s simple calculation that if you eat a bar of chocolate and drink one mug of coffee a day which equals if you drink two mugs of tea and a cola, you’ll reach the set limit of 200 mg.
5. Should pregnant women have sex?
Most women that are having normal pregnancy (one that’s considered low-risk for complications such as miscarriage or pre-term labor) may continue to have sex till that moment when their water breaks or they go under labor. It’s a fact that you wont hurt the baby while making love, cause it is fully protected by the amniotic sac (a thin-walled bag that holds the fetus and surrounding fluid), the strong muscles of the uterus, and the thick mucus plug that helps against infections. And yeah, the penis does not come into contact with the fetus during sex!