If I had a dime for everything someone assumed I couldn't do while pregnant--well, you know. Seriously, pregnancy is not a death sentence. Your life does not suddenly end because you are growing another person in your uterus. Sure, there are some things you should avoid, like, you know, drugs, cigarettes, hard alcohol. But for the most part--with the exception of high-risk pregnancies--you can actually continue to live your life much as you always have. Here are five things you thought you couldn't do while pregnant, but totally can: 

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Drink coffee. We are Latinas and most of us grew up in a strong coffee culture. Personally, I often refer to coffee as "life blood." If your tummy can't tolerate it, that's one thing, but you can safely consume up to 300 milligrams of caffeine a day. Which means you can probaly have both a morning cup and an afternoon cafecito without a problem. Especially if you drink a dark Spanish-style espresso roast, which actually has less caffeine in it.

Sleep on your stomach. My doctor laughed at me when I mentioned this to him. His exact words were, "Did I tell you you couldn't?" Basically, you can sleep on your belly until your doctor tells you you shouldn't (which he probably won't) or it is no longer comfortable to do so. I was nearly nine months pregnant and still sleeping about three quarters of the way on my stomach.

Travel. Most doctors will tell you to start staying close to home between 34 and 36 weeks. Other than that, travel is only restricted by your preferences and the policies of your mode of transportation. For airlines, it's typically 30 to 34 weeks and for cruise lines it's 24 weeks. My tip: book that babymoon right in the middle of your second trimester, and make it a good one!

Eat deli meat, hot dogs, cheese etc. The fear is the risk of contracting the listeria infection. Listeria is commonly present on many types of foods and your risk of becoming sick from it does not increase while you're pregnant. However, it is much more difficult to treat if and can affect the baby if it is contracted. Sounds scary, but you just need to make sure meats are heated to steaming and that soft cheeses are made with pasteurized milk (which they always are in the U.S.).

Exercise. I cannot stress enough that exercise is an important part of pregnancy. It helps keep you in good shape throughout the pregnancy, makes you better prepared for the work of labor and delivery and helps you bounce back after the baby is born. You can maintain pretty much any exercise regime you were doing before you were pregnant, until it is no longer comfortable--even if that included lifting weights. At that point you can scale back as necessary. If you weren't previously exercising, talk to your physician about a safe program to start with.

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Shayne Rodriguez Thompson is a full-time wife, full-time mom, and freelance journalist trying to balance it all and looking forward to exploring the world with her son and husband. In her rare spare moments, she's a pop culture junkie and kitchen devotee who makes a mean cupcake!

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latia...

I have never heard these myths other than the No exercising one. I use to think you couldn't continue exercising until my nephews wife continued to do her daily runs when she was pregnant. I mentioned something about her running and being pregnant and she told me her doctor said it was ok and wouldn't hurt the baby if anything it was good for the mom to exercise as long as she was able to.

karla...

I thought that coffe was completely out of the question, my ob/gyn recommended decaf coffee. But I pretty much continued with my life as usual while pregnant.

sophi...

I stayed away from hot dogs and deli meat. I would probably do it again. Why take chances...

NADIA-R
I did most just not sleeping on my tummy I don't think I could do it lol.
mimi1207

my Gino actually told me not to eat deli meats unless I cooked them first. her words were "better safe than sorry" told me not to sleep on my tummy after 20 weeks and no laying down exercise after 20 weeks.. I chose not to drink coffee or any caffeine because I see way too many kids that are hyper, among-st other things (Im a teacher) so both pregnancies I did completely coffee/caffeine  free..

JCTVCBN

 

Yes,

I'm surprised by some of those.

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