Myth: Miscarriage doesn’t happen very often
On the contrary, miscarriage is a sadly common occurrence. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) puts the rate of miscarriage at about 10 percent among known pregnancies, meaning the actual number is likely higher. If you’ve experienced the heartbreak of a miscarriage, you may feel like you’re alone. But there are many women who share your pain. The problem is that miscarriage is still often considered a taboo topic that few want to discuss openly. “It’s much more common than people realize,” says Robert Atlas, MD, ob-gyn, chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore. “I always find it a miracle how nature gets it right so often and sometimes it doesn’t, and it’s just awful.” Miscarriage can be devastating, but in your time of grief, remember that there are other people who understand what you’re going through. Consider joining a support group or seeking other forms of therapy.
Myth: To prevent miscarriage, you need to lay off exercise
Don’t hang up your workout gear just yet if you’re expecting—exercise is an important part of any healthy pregnancy. You can still enjoy a range of low-impact exercises that can actually make you feel better and get your body ready to give birth. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t take some precautions exercising while pregnant. For one thing, you’re more prone to injury during pregnancy thanks to the hormone relaxin. Health explains that this hormone prepares your pelvic joins to prepare to give birth, as well as other ligaments and joints. And some exercises like horseback riding and skiing could expose you to abdominal injury. Dr. Atlas recommends a moderate amount of exercise, such as taking a walk every day. Talk to your doctor about adjusting your exercise regimen so that it’s safe for you and your baby.