New Delhi, Lifestyle Desk. During pregnancy, you get to hear many types of advice. What should be eaten and what should not be eaten. You must have heard many myths related to diet in pregnancy. Many foods are advised not to eat during this time, it is believed that they prevent pregnancy, affect fertility and increase the chances of miscarriage in early pregnancy.

Before conception, it is very important to get all the nutrients in the body along with a balanced diet. In such a situation, it is not right to ignore the right nutritional food item due to any myth or doubt.

Kamayani Naresh, health expert and founder of Zyropathy says, “To give birth to a healthy baby one needs physically and mentally healthy parents, for which nutritious diet plays an important role. Because healthy sperm and eggs are not produced for reproduction, due to which most newly wed women are unable to conceive.

Let’s take a look at the myths about pregnancy and diet during that time:

First Myth: There is a belief that eating fruits like papaya and pineapple and cold things like jellies and green bananas can lead to miscarriage.

Truth: Dr. Vinita Sahni, Gynecologist, My Life Care, Health Service App (Consultant) said that there is a belief among people that eating cold things along with eating fruits like papaya and pineapple can lead to miscarriage, but till now no one Research has not proved that eating these fruits can cause miscarriage. Well-ripened papaya is safe and an excellent source of vitamins-A, B and potassium, which can be beneficial for the development of the baby. However, it is the raw or semi-ripe papaya that should be avoided as it contains papain, which can increase the secretion of hormones such as oxytocin and prostaglandins. These hormones can cause contractions of the uterus and can lead to premature birth. Protein, fiber, carbohydrates and healthy fats – will keep you and your baby healthy. If you’re still concerned about certain foods like pineapple, replace them with other types so you still get enough vitamins, minerals, and fiber.

Second myth: It is heard that when pregnant you should eat for two people. So eat more and eat what you like.

Truth: By doing this you will gain unnecessary weight which will be difficult to lose later and which can put the health of both you and your baby at risk. Instead, focus on the quality of your diet. Reduce fat, salt and sugar but increase your intake of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, legumes and low-fat dairy products.

Third myth: By eating light colored food, the child’s complexion will be clear.

Truth: Skin color is genetic and no food can change it. Avoiding certain foods may result in you not getting the nutrients you need for your pregnancy.

Fourth Myth: By taking medicines and tonics, the child will become more intelligent. There are many herbal teas and tonics available in the market for pregnant women.

Truth: There is no medical and scientific evidence to support this fact.

5th Myth: Many people advise you to drink full cream milk, saying that it is more nutritious.

Truth: Low-fat and skim milk products contain the same amount of nutrients as full-cream milk. They are low in saturated fat making them a healthy and low-calorie option for pregnant and lactating mothers.

Disclaimer: The advice and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be taken as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

Edited By: Ruhee Parvez