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The best and worst pregnancy advice, mums to hear

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Eighty-four percent of mothers-to-be has doubts about the health of the choices they made during the pregnancy, according to a new survey.

In fact, despite many changes, such as changing what they ate (49 percent), household supplies they used (27 percent) and skin care products that she uses (22 percent), pregnant mothers were regularly uncertain of himself.

The study of 2,000 mothers found that the “rules” of the pregnancy changed the course of the time, that leaves soon-to-be-mom’s have to decode the latest news and advice in order to determine how to best manage their health.

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Carried out by OnePoll in combination with Monistat, the study looked at the pregnancy advice given to expectant mothers and how that, over the course of the generations.

Results showed that 3 in 5 think that they handled their own pregnancy is very different than how their mothers are actually treated their pregnancy.

“With the new developments in medical research each year, health guidelines for pregnancy change often and that can lead to confusion for the mother, especially when decades of great mothers for her probably were not privy to the latest guidance,” Dr. Alyssa Dweck, an OB-GYN, author, women’s health expert and MONISTAT spokeswoman said. “Of course, there are core guidelines that have stood the test of decades, but as the years progress, there are distinct generational shifts in pregnancy practices in light of new information is available.”

With so much to worry about during pregnancy, it is not surprising that women are concerned about the choices they must make about their health.

More than a quarter admitted that they received different advice from other women, and 38 percent noted that the information provided by their doctors was significantly different from what their mothers were told during pregnancy.

When it comes to advice, the study also found that women are more open to taking the advice of strangers, with more than 66 percent of the women in the age of 18-24 to obtain information from online pregnancy forums.

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That being said, there is plenty of unsolicited advice that pregnant women regularly. In fact, more than a third (36 percent) of the pregnant mothers felt there was an abundance of information that is shared during the pregnancy.

A further 84 per cent of mums admit to the unsolicited advice from family and friends.

The number one nugget of advice that surprised older mothers that the modern pregnant women is to prevent the cutting of your hair — with 42 percent of the respondents reveal of this was an advice that they got during pregnancy.

While 33 percent said eliminate meats from their diet, the other 33 percent were told to avoid eating a new vegetable that they have never tried.

Other things that pregnant women were told to avoid touching the cats (32%), lay flat on their backs (29 percent), the dying of their hair (25 percent) and eating sweets (23 percent).

One health decision that many pregnant women had to face was how to treat a fungal infection, which is as much as 10 times more likely to occur during pregnancy.

Shockingly, the survey revealed that 54 percent of the women were not aware that there is a potential danger for the health when taking the leading prescription pill (fluconazole) for the treatment of yeast infections during the pregnancy, and almost half of these women actually took the pill for the treatment of their yeast infections during pregnancy.

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“Seven days, topical treatments are the CDC’s only recommended form of yeast infection treatment in pregnant women, and MONISTAT relieves symptoms four times faster than the prescribed oral pill. If you are pregnant, you should consult with your health care professional before any medications,” Dweck said.

TOP 20 OF ADVICE THAT SURPRISED THE OLDER GENERATIONS
Do not cut your hair: 42%
Eliminate cured meats from your diet: 33%
Avoid eating a new vegetable you’ve never tried it: 33%
Avoid contact with cats: 32 percent
Not flat on your back with 29 percent
Do not dye your hair: 25%
Avoid eating candy: 23%
Avoid changing cat litter: 21 percent
Avoid unpasteurized dairy: 20%
Do not use ibuprofen: 17%
Keep a food diary to ensure you keep up with the day to day requirements: 17 percent
Avoid uncooked eggs: 16 percent
Minimize coffee intake: 15 percent
Avoid saunas: 15 percent
Add 300-500 calories to your diet day: 15 percent
Avoid fish high in mercury: 15 percent
Avoid raw fish: 14 percent
Do not Drink alcohol: 12%
Avoid flying in a plane during the third quarter: 12 percent
Join a prenatal yoga or exercise class: 12 percent

TOP 10 DOCTOR-GIVEN PREGNANCY ADVICE
Take a prenatal vitamin: 64 percent
Do not Drink alcohol: 59%
Do not smoke: 57%
Rest when you can/nap: 51 percent
Minimize stress: 46%
Exercise: 41%
A car seat prepared for when the baby is: 37 percent
Avoid saunas: 27 percent
Do not use ibuprofen: 27 percent
Stop changing cat litter: 25 percent

TOP 10 PREGNANCY WORRIES
The health of my baby: 62 percent
The preparation for the pain of childbirth: 46%
Finance: 43%
Be prepared to care for a baby: 45 percent
My own health: 43%
Not sick during the pregnancy: 36 percent
Making it to the hospital in time: 34 percent
Making sure I eat enough: 31%
After the “rules” of the pregnancy of the arts: 30%
Baby proofing my home: 28 percent

TOP 10 PREGNANCY SURPRISES
Food cravings: 34 percent
My feet swell up: 33 percent
Morning sickness: 33 percent
Stretch marks: 32 percent
Unexpected emotions: 32 percent
Heartburn: 32 percent
Sore breasts: 31%
Frequent urination: 31%
Sleep problems: 31%
Frequent discomforts: 25 percent

THE TOP FIVE PEOPLE WHO GAVE MOST USEFUL ADVICE
Doctors: 60 percent
My mother: 48%
Nurses: 33%
My friends, who have gone through a pregnancy: 30 percent
Other female family member: 20%

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