From the moment the news of your pregnancy goes public, everyone from your grandmother to the woman in line behind you at the grocery store magically transforms into a medical expert. And whether you like it or not, they will not be shy about telling you what they think you should be doing to help your unborn child. But how do you know what advice is actually worth listening to? If sorting through all of the advice being thrown your way is giving you grief, you need to know what outdated pregnancy advice you should ignore.
Don't get me wrong, it can be nice to be the center of attention during your pregnancy, which experts say lasts 10 months, according to the website for The Today Show. And what better excuse than pregnancy to delegate some of your daily duties? But when the advice of others is misinformed and outdated, it can be annoying and even harmful at times. Your advisors may think they're being helpful, but if they're telling you to pack on the pounds, limit your activity, and avoid important vaccines, they may be doing more harm than good.
So the next time Dr. Next Door Neighbor tells you to put down your coffee mug, you can smile and politely tell her to jump in the lake. And if you're ever in doubt, it's always best to consult with your doctor or midwife.