Pregnancy Myths Busted at Wyeth ProMama: MAMA Yes, You Can!

Last week, I was in Lolo Dad's in 6750 and was also one of the mommies invited by Wyeth Nutritio...

Last week, I was in Lolo Dad's in 6750 and was also one of the mommies invited by Wyeth Nutrition to discuss different topics on pregnancy and debunk some of the most common myths.  Having attended the event, I realized that being pregnant in the past with my two sons, I was misguided with a number of myths or "kasabihan ng matatanda" about my pregnancy.  I didn't 100% believe in them, but I still followed anyway because "wala namang mawawala."

Myths such as how to know the gender of my baby just by looking at my physical changes.  If I'm darker with a big namamaga nose, then it's a boy, otherwise, it's a girl.

Some of those weird myths I followed, but still not believed them, were:
I could not sit at the staircase because I might have a miscarriage
I should not wear any necklace or put a scarf around my neck because my unborn child might be strangled  by my umbilical cord.

Did you hear the same things or maybe you have additional myths you were told while you were pregnant too?

While in attendance to Wyeth Nutrition's ProMama press conference,  these were some of the myths debunked by celebrity hosts and pregnancy experts:

When you're pregnant, you have to eat for two.
You can't run, swim, or do yoga for the benefit of a baby's health.
Coffee can increase your risk of miscarriage.

These may sound logical; but believe it or not, these are some of the most common pregnancy myths around. Once you’ve announced your pregnancy, you’re sure to be bombarded with homespun advice from family, friends and even strangers who base their beliefs on hearsay or accepted ideologies.

So how do you distinguish fact from myth?

Listening to Wyeth ProMama’s team of Fit and Fab Mamas Amanda Griffin-Jacob, Delamar Arias and Tricia Chiongbian-Concepcion is a good place to start.  The team is joined by respected pregnancy experts Dra. Christia Padolina and Dra. Angel Bandola, who are tasked to empower expectant moms against pregnancy myths and misconceptions.  The road from feeling fat to being PHAT – pregnant, hot and trendy— begins now.

Wyeth ProMama: MAMA Yes, You Can!
Fit and Fab Moms Amanda Griffin, Delamar Arias and Tricia Chiongbian-Concepcion with pregnancy experts Dra. Christia Padolina and Dra. Angel Bandola on stage discussing about pregnancy and debunking some myths.
One big pregnancy myth 
“Pregnant mothers hear things like ‘You can’t exercise’ or ‘You can’t travel because it may harm your baby.’ These are things that confuse first time moms, making them believe that there are so many ‘Can’ts’ during pregnancy,” says ProMama product manager Gino Anonuevo.

“One of the biggest pregnancy myths is that a mother’s life should take a backseat to her child’s. When a woman’s belly grows, the mom may begin to feel more like a vessel than a woman. Many give in to the mindset that beauty, youth, and energy—all those things that make up a woman’s femininity—are no longer theirs.

“This doesn’t have to be the case. Expectant mothers can say, ‘Yes!’ to a lot of things that they feel or have heard they can’t.”

The ProMama council of fit and fab moms Amanda Griffin-Jacob, Delamar Arias and Tricia Chiongbian-Concepcion are walking testaments to the fact that life is further enriched by pregnancy. Tricia, a known health enthusiast, still continues on with her fit lifestyle that includes running a couple of miles a day in spite of expecting her second child this September;

Delamar who’s part of a popular radio show, doesn’t let morning sickness or hormones tone done her natural exuberance and humor in hosting her program;
Wyeth ProMama: MAMA Yes, You Can!
Delamar with her fan, myself, taken after the event.
She's one of the fit and fab mom hosts and I adore her!
And finally, 2-time mom Amanda Griffin-Jacob hasn’t succumbed to what she calls the “mommy meltdown” and is still considered to be one of the most beautiful faces in Philippine showbiz.

“It’s our goal for pregnant women to live and love their pregnancy,” says Amanda. “Every pregnancy should be celebrated; women should feel nurtured by doing the things that can make them feel confident. Being fit and fab during pregnancy should be every expecting mother’s goal!”

To a fit and fab pregnancy
Wyeth ProMama: MAMA Yes, You Can!
If there’s one thing that’s definitely not a myth, it’s the fact that pregnant women should take special care of their nutritional needs.

Wyeth Nutrition, makers of ProMama, understands this, and wants every woman to fully enjoy the journey of pregnancy. A nutritional milk drink designed to support women—and not just the unborn baby—during pregnancy.  ProMama focuses on the life giver to address the needs of both mother and child.

“The fulcrum of each family is the mother. Without her, the family would fall apart—emotionally, mentally, physically, psychologically. Wyeth Nutrition fully acknowledges these values with ProMama, the milk that takes care of mothers so they can take care of their children,” says Anonuevo.

Only ProMama contains the Pro-Nutri Builders, ingredients that support the health and development of both mother and child during pregnancy.  These include Maternal Immunity Enhancers like Beta Carotene, which has antioxidant and immunostimulatory properties, and Vitamins C, E and A, which also helps promote good vision and cellular growth.
Wyeth ProMama: MAMA Yes, You Can!
Pro-Nutri Builders are also targeted for the growing baby. ProMama has Mental Enhancers like DHA, a nutrient important for a child’s visual and mental development; Folic Acid, which is essential for the development of the nervous system and in preventing neural tube defects; and Zinc, which assists in fetal neurodevelopment. ProMama’s formula also contains Bone and Muscle Builders such as Vitamin D, important for calcium metabolism and to support an unborn baby’s bone and teeth development; Protein, the building block of all tissues; and Calcium, which supports bone development.

ProMama, which is available in Vanilla Delight Flavor, has only 15 percent of calories from fat. Just two servings of ProMama daily can help promote appropriate weight gain during pregnancy.

Yes You Can
Wyeth ProMama: MAMA Yes, You Can!The road to dispelling the biggest pregnancy myth of them all is now on the rise – and Wyeth Nutrition hopes that expecting mothers will eventually embrace the value of putting effort into looking and feeling great during pregnancy.

“When I was pregnant, nothing stopped me from doing yoga, wearing heels, hosting my TV show, travelling and even wearing a bikini. I enjoyed life as much as I enjoyed my pregnancy and it paid off. My 2 boys are happy and healthy,” shares Amanda. There’s nothing quite like experiencing motherhood firsthand.”

“When moms are healthy and happy, so are their babies—even while they’re still in the womb. Moms should not be afraid to say 'Yes!' to form-fitting clothes, traveling to experience the world, wearing heels, and even exercising. Getting through the roadblock of feeling fat to feeling pregnant, hot and tempting aids in a healthy, beautiful pregnancy," adds Amanda.

About Wyeth Nutrition
Wyeth Nutrition, formerly Pfizer Nutrition, is part of Nestlé S.A.  Wyeth Nutrition develops premium-quality nutritional products scientifically-designed to meet the needs of infants and young children, pregnant and lactating mothers, and adults. As pioneers in infant nutritional science, our mission is to provide the best nutritional support for future healthy outcomes. For nearly a century, Wyeth Nutrition has leveraged scientific research, world class manufacturing and product safety standards to drive scientifically-sound solutions that offer parents confidence, help nourish children and support their healthy futures. It employs the same level of excellence in delivering nutrient-rich products to adults.

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  1. About drinking coffee while pregnant, I think that one is not a myth because the doctor will automatically advice pregnant women to minimize their intake if not refrain. It's more scientific I guess.

  2. It also depends on the overall health of the mother, actually. And I agree, being pregnant should not stop a mom from doing what she enjoys doing and from being fab. ;) Best advice should be to heed your OB-GYNE. :) But Wyeth's attempt to educate mothers out there is commendable.

  3. Well, there are really things that are myths in pregnancy. For me, Moms are supposed to be taken care very much and not be considered as just a vessel for the new life, and they are right that women should be treated as a woman.

  4. I have more questions about pregnancy myths but I think it shouldn't be posted here at the public haha, Kidding aside, its a good information for all moms out there. Thanks Louise!

  5. Good that these events are education women about these myths. I didn't even realize I was pregnant until I was 11 weeks. First trimester almost gone. All the while I went to the gym, played badminton 5x a week, had coffee in the morning, etc. Of course there are women who can be "frail" for whom these "myths" makes sense. In the end, every woman is different and these myths generalize women.

  6. hahaha, weird myths..
    i think a lot of moms are smart na these days, there's books, TV, net etc.. to find information unlike in the past

  7. You're such an active blogger! What do you say about planning an event for BC Bloggers?

    I didn't know Delemar was married :)

  8. When I was pregnant, I never really paid attention to myths. I went to by OB monthly and would religiously follow her instructions and her advice. I also wasn't familiar about Pro-Mama then. What I took during those times was Anmum Chocolate. :-)

  9. i remember when Mommy was preggy with Matt, there are lots of myths what they asked her no to do..For example, riding in a motorcycle can lead to cleft palate. But with researches, she used to break those myths...

  10. Ang nice ng event!=) Hey, I know the model of wyeth, That's Krystle Rius!

  11. i guess the key is moderation... our bodies behave differently when we're pregnant and we don't want to take anything too far. :D

  12. Pretty pala ni Delamar at pretty syempre yung katabi. :-) So part din pala ng myth yung coffee? Good hehehe

  13. when i was pregnant, i didn't follow those myths
    this kind of forum really educate women to bust those myths

  14. Taking care of yourself when your pregnant is very important, like eating healthy and such. I believe on myths throughout my pregnancy before, It was FUN! Delemar and you kinda look like sister:)

  15. I too had had lots of exercise etc during my 3 pregnancies as I was working full time up to the birth of each child.

  16. i really dont believe in kasabihan, when i was pregnant they said i am having a baby girl because hindi nangitim kili ko, and i was so marte then, i always put face powder pero lahat sila mali cos i had a baby boy..hehehehe but i follow na huwag umupo sa may pintoan and hindi manahi..

  17. I haven't heard about the necklace and the staircase myth. I really think exercise can help, even for women like me who wants to have a baby, but the oldies always say "don't jog" or "take a lot of rest".

  18. I did yoga for pregnant women till my 8th month of pregnancy. there's some truth ba to the "myth" that you will look pregnant and pretty when you are carrying a girl and the opposite if a boy?

  19. I guess there is no harm in following some of the myths. After I lost my 2nd child because I was too relaxed that time I think, I vowed to be extra careful this time considering my condition. It's g

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