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Kidcast dispels myths surrounding pregnancy

Kristine Sorensen
January22/ 2020

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-Womens Hospital, to clear up some confusion over what’s true and what’s not.

Kristine Sorensen: The first myth is: Hot, spicy foods will induce 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 any time during the day. More often it is in the morning, but nausea and vomiting can happen anytime.

Kristine Sorensen

I am proud to work at KDKA-TV -- anchoring the news, hosting Pittsburgh Today Live and doing special reports. I am married to KDKA reporter Marty Griffin and we have 3 children. I first moved to Pittsburgh in 1999 but I’ve lived in Dallas, Johnson City, Tenn., Chicago, Williamsburg, Va., Milwaukee and Winter Park, Fla. Pittsburgh is now the place I call home.

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