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9 Conflicting Pregnancy Health Guidelines That Will Drive You Mad

Conflicting Pregnancy Health Guidelines That Will Drive You Mad

Let’s face it: We’d all be hard-pressed to find a pregnant woman who doesn’t want what’s best for their unborn baby. And I think we’d all agree that we try to take the best care of ourselves when pregnant even more so than any other time in our lives.

But it seems no one, not even the researchers and doctors, can agree on what’s best. The conflicting health guidelines are enough to completely stress you out. But don’t stress out: It’s bad for the baby!

So what are we left to do? I say laugh. I don’t think there’s been a study yet that says laughing is bad…

After the jump, check out 9 Conflicting Pregnancy Health Guidelines That Will Drive You Mad. And remember to take it all with a grain of salt but just one grain, because too much salt is bad for you.


  • Yoga is Good For You! Except for those Dangerous Poses! 1 of 9
    Yoga is Good For You! Except for those Dangerous Poses!
    Yoga can seriously help alleviate prenatal stress, and is a favorite form of exercise among many expecting moms. But be careful with what poses you do, because not all are safe.
    Source: Medical News Today
    Source: LiveStrong
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Coffee is Totally Fine for Pregnant Women! But It’s Best Not to Drink ANY! 2 of 9
    Coffee is Totally Fine for Pregnant Women! But It's Best Not to Drink ANY!
    Some studies say that drinking coffee during pregnancy won't mess up your kid's behavior, but the American Pregnancy Association warns that your unborn baby cannot handle caffeine like you can.
    Source: U.S. News
    Source: American Pregnancy Association
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • If You’re Obese & Pregnant, You Should Diet! Dieting During Pregnancy is Harmful! 3 of 9
    If You're Obese & Pregnant, You Should Diet! Dieting During Pregnancy is Harmful!
    Dieting during pregnancy can reduce complications for obese women, such as preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, and preterm delivery. But watch out: Dieting during pregnancy can "starve" your unborn baby of vital nutrients.
    Source: ABC News
    Source: Baby Center
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • There’s Nothing Wrong With Moderate Drinking While Pregnant! Drinking During Pregnancy Can Give Your Baby Lifelong Health Problems! 4 of 9
    There's Nothing Wrong With Moderate Drinking While Pregnant! Drinking During Pregnancy Can Give Your Baby Lifelong Health Problems!
    Another study released just this past June suggests that there are no damaging effects of drinking moderately during pregnancy. But before you go grab the bottle, the March of Dimes warns that a baby's liver isn't capable of properly handling alcohol in its system, which can harm your baby's development.
    Source: ABC News
    Source: March of Dimes
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Swimming is Perfect Exercise for Pregnant Women! Swimming is Far From Perfect! 5 of 9
    Swimming is Perfect Exercise for Pregnant Women! Swimming is Far From Perfect!
    Swimming during pregnancy is practically perfect! It's low impact and there is virtually no chance of severe injury. But wait! Pools are loaded with chemicals that aren't safe for your baby, and swimming can increase acid reflux.
    Source: American Pregnancy Association
    Source: Mail Online
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Working During Pregnancy is Good! Working During Pregnancy is Just as Bad as Smoking! 6 of 9
    Working During Pregnancy is Good! Working During Pregnancy is Just as Bad as Smoking!
    Working while pregnant can keep our minds off of being pregnant, and can reduce anxiety associated with pregnancy. But WHOA a new study released earlier this month found that working late into pregnancy is just as bad as SMOKING. I'll let you know how my employer reacts when I ask for a month off before my due date. Something tells me that won't go over too well...
    Source: March of Dimes
    Source: Shine
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • Salmon is SO Good for Pregnant Women! Salmon Can Affect Your Breast Milk! 7 of 9
    Salmon is SO Good for  Pregnant Women! Salmon Can Affect Your Breast Milk!
    To quote a single study released just last week: "Mothers who eat more salmon before giving birth boost levels of a vital nutrient in their breast milk, but could lower levels of disease-fighting antibodies they pass on while feeding their baby." OK, so should we, or shouldn't we?
    Source: Health Canal
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo
  • It’s Important to Exercise During Pregnancy! But Take it Easy! 8 of 9
    It's Important to Exercise During Pregnancy! But Take it Easy!
    You're a marathon runner? Hit the gym five days a week? Well, keep on keeping on during your pregnancy. Err, actually, it's better to take it easy and lessen your work-out load.
    Source: American Pregnancy Association
    Source: American Pregnancy Association
    Photo via Flickr: Creative Commons
  • The Flu Shot is Safe! The Flu Shot is Terrible! 9 of 9
    The Flu Shot is Safe! The Flu Shot is Terrible!
    My baby could die if I don't get the flu vaccine, you say? Well shoot me up then! Wait, what? The flu vaccine contains mercury and other poisons that could affect my unborn baby? No thanks!
    Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    Photo: 123RF Stock Photo

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