Whether you’re preggers with your first little one or you have four babes at home, motherhood isn’t always an easy job. Luckily MAM is there to make things a little easier. In a world filled with crazy parenting myths and surprising truths, it’s good to know you can count on MAM’s smart, simple solutions for real momistas. Here are a few of the crazy pregnancy myths you might encounter as a new mama…

1. You can’t have your morning cup of Joe.
Coffee-addicts, rejoice. According to What to Expect, as long as you are keeping your caffeine intake under 200 milligrams a day, you’re in the clear.

2. You have to get rid of your cat.
Relax mamas, there’s no need to say goodbye to your feline friend. The myth that pregnancy and pets don’t mix has to do with the risk of toxoplasmosis, which is a parasite can be found in a cat’s litter. But as long as the hubby takes on litter box duty while you’re expecting, you can still hang around Fluffy or Fido.

3. You can’t eat fish.
Pregnant women should avoid raw fish and those with high levels of mercury, but fish like wild salmon, sole, flounder, haddock, halibut, pollack, cod, and trout are perfectly safe. In fact, fish is an excellent source of omega-3s and DHA, a healthy fat that us known to boost baby brainpower. So while you should avoid raw sushi, that occasional California Roll is A-OK.

4. A wedding ring can tell you the sex of the baby.
Have you ever heard the old wives tale that a ring hanging from a string can predict the sex of the baby? MAM separates fact from fiction in this video:

5. You will crave pickles during pregnancy.
Cravings vary from mama to mama, and sometimes even from day to day. Food aversions are also just as common as cravings. But as long as you’re gaining weight normally and getting proper nutrients too, most cravings are harmless to your health.

6. You can’t get pregnant while breastfeeding.
The hormones involved in breastfeeding do suppress the hormones that control ovulation. However, breastfeeding as birth control is far from 100%. To avoid getting pregnant again while you’re still breastfeeding, opt for another method of birth control.

With all of the myths, misconceptions, and challenges you have to worry about in the early years, it’s good to know that MAM is there to make things easier. MAM has developed smart, simple products for babies for over 30 years.

Which of these myths did you used to believe?

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