PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pregnancy is an exciting but complicated time, and there are a lot of myths about pregnancy.
KDKA’s Kristine Sorensen talks with Dr. Ashley O’Keefe, OB/GYN at UPMC Magee-Women’s Hospital, to clear up some confusion over what’s true and what’s not.
Kristine Sorensen: The first myth is, “Hot, spicy foods will incude labor.” Is this true?
Dr. Ashley O’Keefe: No, it is not. In fact, hot foods do not induce labor. The only thing that really can induce labor is if we medically induce you for some medical reason.
Kristine Sorensen: The second myth is, “When you’re pregnant, you can’t drink any coffee.” Is this true?
Dr. Ashley O’Keefe: Actually, you can drink coffee. You can have about one cup a day, or less than 200 milligrams of caffeine daily, so you can also have soda or tea, just as long as it’s about one cup of it.
Kristine Sorensen: The third myth is that morning sickness only happens in the morning. Is this true?
Dr. Ashley O’Keefe: No, it’s not. Studies have actually shown that you could have morning sickness at anytime during the day. More often it is in the morning, but nausea and vomiting can happen anytime.