Debunking Pregnancy Myths with Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) Specialists:
Dr Lily Fariza & Dr Tan Cheng
Do you often find yourself turning online for information or receiving advice from well-meaning people on pregnancy do’s and don’ts? However, that also means being confused by what everyone is telling you. ‘Don’t do this’ and ‘you must do that’ became a theme in almost every conversation.
We understand your concern, so we have prepared a series of videos from the O&G doctors to debunk some common pregnancy myths.
High blood sugar and excessive weight gain during pregnancy. Is maternal milk to be blamed?
Did you know, 1 in 5 Malaysian pregnant moms have GDM (Gestational Diabetes Melitus) - a condition known for high blood sugar during pregnancy1.
High sugars intake during pregnancy was positively associated with the risk of GDM.
So far there is no study to show that maternal milk is associated with the risk for GDM.
What are the other risk factors that increases the likelihood of you getting GDM and what is the diet recommended for GDM pregnant moms? Let’s hear from the doctors to find out more now!
¹Kunasegaran et al. (2021). Int J Environ Res Public Health. 18, 1272.
Do pregnant moms need to drink maternal milk?
Did you know 9 out of 10 Malaysian pregnant moms do not consume sufficient folic acid and calcium daily! 2,3
We know it’s not easy to meet the increased pregnancy nutritional needs. Maternal milk can be one of the good source of important nutrients such as calcium, folic acid as well as DHA and Gangliosides for pregnant moms.
Hear from the doctors on why maternal milk is a good choice to be part of your pregnancy diet now!
2. Manaf et al. (2014). Jurnal Sains Kesihatan Malaysia. 12(2), 53-62. |
3. Hamid et al. (2019). Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health. 16, 4720.
How to identify maternal milk with no added sugars?
Not all maternal milk is the same. Though there are many kinds of maternal milk in the market that contains added sugars, there is maternal milk in the market that has no added sugars** but still contains the goodness a pregnant mom needs for herself and her growing foetus.
Do you know studies have shown that excessive sucrose and sweetened beverage intake during pregnancy has an impact on child's cognition even up to 7 years old!4
Sugar comes in many different forms and goes by dozens of different names. This can make it tricky to identify. How do I tell if the milk contains added sugars? Learn now from the doctors!
**Sucrose, Glucose Syrup Solid, Corn Syrup Solid, Brown Sugar, Dextrose, Lactose, Fructose, Honey and White Sugar are defined as ‘sugars’ and ‘added sugars’ under CODEX Standard 212-1999 and CAC/GL23-1997. CODEX develops harmonised international food standards guidelines and code of practices. Under Malaysia Food Regulations 1985, Sucrose, Brown Sugar, Dextrose, Glucose, Fructose, Honey are defined as sweetening substances. For AnmumTM MATERNA Plain only. Chocolate flavour is less sweet.
4. Cohen et al. (2018). Am J Prev Med. 54(6), 725-735