Myth : Discover 10 Pregnancy Myths That You Never Knew


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Once pregnant, women have generally been advised by a list of a specific set of dos and don’ts by everyone. Interestingly, many of these are simply pregnancy myths. Here are 10 myths that you never knew and can enjoy a happy pregnancy:

Once pregnant, women have generally been advised by a list of a specific set of dos and don'ts by everyone. Interestingly, many of these are simply pregnancy myths. Here are 10 myths that you never knew and can enjoy a happy pregnancy:

Myth 1: Sick? You may have Twins

Debunked – If you are feeling sick more than usual, it does not indicate the possibility of having twins. Sometimes it may be due to higher levels of the hormone HCG.

Myth 2: Pregnant Women should not have Seafood

Debunked – Eating fish in good quantity is very good for pregnant women. Seafood is high in omega-3 fatty acids. Having fish low in mercury levels during pregnancy will produce smarter babies. Studies reveal that mothers who ate at least 12 ounces of seafood a week while expecting had babies with higher verbal IQs. These babies also showed superior social, better motor skills, and communication skills.

Myth 3: Belly Position Determines Baby’s Gender:


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Debunked – The old wives’ tale is not true. A Baby’s gender has nothing to do with belly positions. Each woman is different and carries her baby differently. The gender of the baby has nothing to do with it.

Myth 4: You are Moodier than Normal for a Reason

Debunked – If you are moodier than normal, it is not because you are pregnant with a girl. This might be excess stress or hormones playing crazy. Meditate and let your doctor know about it.

Myth 5 – It is OK to Have a drink

Debunked – Abstaining from alcohol is a personal choice. However, studies state that drinking during pregnancy increases the risk of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs). Hence, it is advised that pregnant women should completely abstain from alcohol.


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Myth 6: Low Heartbeat indicates it is a Boy!

Debunked – NO! All claims that a baby’s heartbeat lower than 140 beats per minute makes it a boy are false. The doctor will let you know the real reason.

Myth 7: You are eating for two!

Debunked – The excess cravings and trips to refrigerators at night are not because you need to eat for two. Pregnant women only need 300 extra calories in a day. So make sure you do not gain more than 25 to 35 pounds.

Myth 8: Heartburn Means the Baby has MORE Hair on Scalp!

Debunked: The hair growth of a newborn baby depends a lot on the genetic make-up of the child and is not related in any way to the heartburn the mother suffers during pregnancy. The growing weight of the fetus often leads pushing the digestive apparatus upwards towards the cardiac sphincter, leading to acid formation. This is the reason for hyper-acidity and not baby hair. Suffice it to say, many women with terrific heartburn have given birth to hairless babies, and many women with heartburn have had children with heavy hair on their heads.

Myth 9 – certain types of Foods affect a Baby’s complexion

Debunked: This is NOT true. There is no science to support this baseless claim. The older and ‘wiser’ women around you will push you to drink a lot of coconut water or milk dipped in saffron overnight to have a fair baby. However, only genes play a vital role in determining the baby’s complexion. Some may even warn you against having iron supplements as they may make the baby’s skin dark. However, food or medications do not have any effect on the complexion of the baby.

Myth 10 – Stress is bad for the Fetus

Debunked-Latest research has revealed that a moderate level of stress does not do any harm to the baby. It is good for the fetus! It will stimulate the nervous system of the fetus and speed up its development. Women who experienced moderate stress during pregnancy were found to have 2-week-old children with brains that worked faster than those whose moms did not. Another study indicated that 2-year-old children born to women who experienced moderate stress had the higher motor and mental development scores.

It is very common for moms-to-be to fall prey to these silly myths. These should not be paid heed to. Expectant mothers are advised not to give in to the temptations of tackling pregnancy myths and to consult their doctor for the right guidance.


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