Pregnancy is a unique time with unique challenges. It is a very difficult time for the parent especially for the mother to decide what to do or what not to do to deliver a healthy baby. At the same time, pregnancy myths can put a pregnant mother in confusion and increase her concern. When anyone gets pregnant, she has to hear a lot of things from elders in the family, neighbors and from almost anyone who comes across this fact. It is not that all that your elders tell you are true. Many of them have no scientific background or logic behind it. These are only pregnancy myths. That’s why if you are pregnant, you must follow your doctor’s advice only and don’t believe in myths.
Here are some common pregnancy myths.
Myth 1: One of the most common myths that surround pregnancy is the shape of a woman’s stomach. If a woman is carrying high, in all possibility it is a girl and if she is carrying low it is a boy.
Fact: Experts say there is no scientific basis for this assumption and it is the woman’s muscle size, structure, the position of the fetus, posture, and the amount of fat deposited around her abdomen that play a role in the size and shape of a pregnant belly.
Myth 2: Craving for salty foods means you’re having a boy. Craving for sweet foods indicate a girl is expected.
Fact: Research shows that cravings have nothing to do with determining the sex of a baby.
Myth 3: Another myth is predicting the sex of the baby by holding a string with a ring in it over a pregnant belly. If it moves back and forth it is a boy, if it moves in a circle, it is a girl.
Fact: While there is no truth in this, you could probably do it for a laugh.
Myth 4: If you suffer from heartburn during pregnancy, it means your baby will be born with lots of hair.
Fact: Heartburn is a common problem for pregnant women and has nothing to do with the quantity of hair for your child. Even women who suffered a lot from heartburn have welcomed bald babies.
Myth 5: If your mother had an easy pregnancy and delivery, so will you.
Fact: Hereditary factors have no role to play in predicting how easy or difficult your pregnancy and delivery will be. On the contrary, the size and position of the baby, your diet and lifestyle play a role in determining how things will be.
Myth 6: Sleeping or taking a nap on your back will hurt your baby.
Fact: While you won’t harm your baby if you sleep in this position, you will feel better if you sleep on your side. Experts recommend sleeping on left side during second and third trimester since this is known to increase blood flow to your uterus and placenta.
Myth 7: Having sex might hurt the baby.
Fact: You should know that seven layers of skin from the abdominal wall to the amniotic sac are present to protect your baby. Your cervix has lengthened and hardened to prevent anything from getting into the uterus, and it also produces mucus to keep the area clean and infection free. Having sex cannot reach, touch or harm your baby. If your doctor has not asked you to abstain from sex, have no fear and go ahead.
Myth 8: First babies always arrive late.
Fact: While this is true to an extent since about 60 per cent arrive after their due date, five per cent on the due date and 35 before the due date, what really determines the arrival of your baby is the length of your menstrual cycle. If it is shorter, there are more possibilities of you delivering early. If your cycle is longer, your baby will arrive later and if your cycle usually lasts 28 days, you will more likely deliver close to your due date.
Myth 9: Cocoa butter prevents stretch marks.
Facts: In fact using cocoa butter makes some women’s skin more sensitive and some women have allegoric reactions to it. That’s why if you want to get rid of stretch mark use normal coconut oil. It will prevent itching and also stretch marks.
Myth 10: You can’t fly during your first or last trimester.
Facts: You can fly whenever you want. Therefore it is good to discuss your travel plans with your doctor or midwife before book a ticket. Some airlines won’t let you on the plane in your last trimester, but that has more to do with fears that you’ll go into labor and force the plane to land. In certain cases the pregnancy is at high risk, so your healthcare provider may advise you to stay close to home throughout your pregnancy.
Myth 11: You can’t eat sushi.
Fact: Yes it’s true. Raw sushi may contain bacteria that can make you sick during pregnancy. Your immune system is suppressed during pregnancy so your body won’t attack the growing fetus; therefore you are more susceptible to getting sick from food.
Myth 12: Dying your hair is harmful for Baby.
Fact: A limited evidences available that suggested that dying hair during pregnancy is safe. Scientist find out that a very little of the chemicals in hair dye actually absorb in to your system. Therefore, if you’re still concerned, then wait to color your hair until the birth, when your developing baby is less vulnerable.
Myths 13: You shouldn’t take hot baths while pregnant.
Fact: Yes, actually. You should avoid hot bath tub, Jacuzzis or anything that raises your body temperature over 102 degrees.
Myth 14: You should abstain from alcohol during pregnancy.
Fact: It increases the risk of miscarriage and still bath. As little as one drink a day can raise the risk for having a baby with a low birth weight and raise your child’s risk for having problems with learning, speech, attention span, language, and hyperactivity.
Myth 15: Walking makes labor go faster.
Fact: It might make you feel better but there’s no activity that’s going to bring on labor.
Myth 16: Pregnant women should eat for two.
Fact: False. Carrying a baby actually only requires 300 extra calories a day. So technically you should be eating for about one and a fifth. If you do eat for two, you’ll end up with a bigger baby, which reminds the mommy docs of another fable…
Myth 17: A bigger baby is a better baby.
Fact: The average baby weighs about 7.5 lbs. Babies that are much bigger than that are more likely to suffer from diabetes and obesity in later life.
Myth 18: Drinking coconut water during pregnancy is not good.
Fact: Coconut water is a natural electrolyte packed with essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals. Proper hydration helps to reduce the discomfort that occurs during pregnancy among expectant mothers. Coconut water is the ideal, nutritional, healthy oral rehydrating solution that is a must-have for pregnant women.