- You forget more
Fact: Pregnant women tend to forget more, many women still suffer from memory problems up to a year after the birth. It is normally believed that lack of sleep is the main suspect.
- You should give up coffee
Fact: Actually, a pregnant woman can enjoy a brew, but she needs to watch quantity. Too much caffeine also found in tea, can increase the risk of miscarriage.
- You have to double your portion
Fact: You do not eat for two. In fact, energy needs do not change in the first six months of pregnancy, and may increase in the last three months.
- It is safe to exercise
Fact: If you were active before and the pregnancy is low-risk, there is no reason why you cannot keep doing stretching and other simple exercises.
- Sex is a no-no
Fact: Sex is safe in low-risk pregnancy. Seven layers of skin from the abdominal wall to the amniotic sac protect the baby from any harm.
- Shape of the woman’s stomach. If a woman is carrying high, in all possibility it is a girl and a boy if she is carrying it low.
Fact: There is no scientific basis for this assumption and it is the woman’s muscle size, structure, the position of the foetus and the amount of fat deposited around her abdomen that plays a role in the size and shape of a pregnant belly.
- Craving for food. If the mother craves for salty foods she is having a boy and a girl if she craves for sweet foods.
Fact: Cravings have nothing to do with determining the sex of a baby.
- Holding a string with a ring over the pregnant belly. If the ring moves back and forth it is a boy, if it moves in circles, it is a girl.
Fact: While there is no truth in this, the family could do it for laughs.
- If you suffer from heartburns during pregnancy, it means the baby will be born with a lot of hair.
Fact: Heart burns have nothing to do with the quantity of hair on the child’s head.
- If the mother had an easy pregnancy, so will the daughter
Fact: Hereditary factors have no role to play in how easy or difficult the pregnancy and delivery will be.
- Sleeping or taking a nap on the back will hurt the baby.
Fact: While it will not hurt the baby, you will feel better if you sleep on your side. The doctors and experts recommend sleeping on your left side as this is known to increase blood flow.
- First babies always arrive late.
Fact: What really determines the arrival of the baby is the length of the menstrual cycle. If it is shorter, there are more possibilities of the baby arriving early. If the cycle is longer, the mother will deliver close to the due date.
- If the mother’s nose swells during pregnancy, she will have a baby girl
Fact: There is no link between the nose and the baby’s gender. The mother’s nose swells probably because of increased estrogen levels which heightens blood flow.
- Pregnant women should not eat sweets.
Fact: Eating a healthy dose of sweets during the third trimester are at a lower risk of developing the dangerous high blood pressure condition known as preeclampsia.
- Pregnant women should stay away from seafood.
Fact: Eating lots of sea fish high in Omega-3 fatty acids and low in mercury during pregnancy produces smarter children.
- All women feel happy during pregnancy.
Fact: Pregnant women are likely to suffer from mood disorders due to the hormonal changes. Therapy or antidepressant prescribed by the doctors may help.
Few other myths are:
- More women go into labour during full moon than other times
- Eating spicy food and having sex induces labour.
- You will always get stretch marks. That is untrue. There are some lucky women who do not get them at all.