Pregnancy brings a lot of changes in a woman's life and also inhibitions around myths related to delivery day. Experts debunk many such myths for a woman to enjoy this beautiful phase.
Rinku Sengupta, Consultant Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Abhishek Bhartia, Director, Sitaram Bhartia Institute of Science and Research, list down few myths.
* Myth 1: Exercise during pregnancy will cause pre-term labour - Expecting women are often discouraged from climbing stairs and doing any exercise. Doctors encourage to-be mothers to walk for 40-45 minutes every day or take up antenatal exercises to build their stamina to endure labour. This helps in keeping active during pregnancy and also in recovering faster after childbirth.
* Myth 2: Travelling during pregnancy is dangerous - Women can safely travel during pregnancy. It is recommended that they travel in the second trimester because they may no longer experience physical discomfort, morning sickness or nausea. Doctors advise walking around and consuming fluids frequently, especially if the travel time exceeds 5 hours. It's a good idea to carry maternity records and look up hospitals in the area in case of an emergency.
* Myth 3: Water breaking is an emergency - Water breaking during pregnancy is a part of the normal physiology of labour and is unlikely to be associated with acute emergency problems. About 20 to 30 per cent of women who are full term (more than 37 weeks of pregnancy) experience water breaking before labour begins. A majority of them go into labour on their own. However, if the discharge is green or brown in colour, it is better to visit the hospital as soon as possible.