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Pregnancy Myths

Science and education have done much to debunk many pregnancy myths. However, many myths are still handed down from generation to generation.

  • It is a myth that you can tell what gender your baby will be by the way you are carrying your child. Only through ultrasound or amniocentesis can the sex of your child be known.
  • It is a myth that holding your hands above your head will strangle or wrap the baby’s umbilical cord around his or her neck.
  • It is a myth that having sex during pregnancy harms the baby. Pregnant women are encouraged to continue sexual relations unless they are having a high risk pregnancy, have a history of miscarriage or pre-labor. Your doctor will inform you if there should be a change in your sexual activities.
  • It is a myth that your level of morning sickness dictates the sex of your baby.
  • It is a myth that taking baths or submerging in water is harmful for the mother and baby.
  • It is a myth that harm is brought to a baby if the mother sleeps on her back. However, some pregnant women are encouraged to sleep on their left side if they have kidney problems or high blood pressure.
  • It is a myth that if a pregnant woman has heartburn that her baby will have a head full of hair.
  • It is a myth that a woman who has bouts of acne during her pregnancy will give birth to a girl.
  • It is a myth that a woman who has wide expanding hips during her pregnancy will give birth to a girl.
  • It is a myth that a mother who delivers a child with one or more birthmarks consumed too much of any given food or drink during her pregnancy.
  • It is a myth that having a bird fly into your home while you are pregnant is a sign that you will miscarry or have a stillbirth.

While many pregnancy myths or “wives tales” are fun to think about, others can be frightening. You should always talk with your doctor about any “advice” or “predictions” that have been made over you. Your doctor will be able to tell you if there is any credibility in the information you have been given.

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