6 common myths about pregnancy


There are many myths that surround pregnancy. Some make sense while most of them do not. Here are some of the most common myths.

Myth #1: The shape of the stomach

It is believed that when a woman is carrying low, it is a boy whereas when she is carrying high, she is expecting a baby girl

Fact: There is no scientific evidence that supports this assumption. The shape and the size of a belly is determined by the muscle size, the position of the fetus, the structure and the mount of fats around a woman’s abdomen.

Myth #2: Foods

When a woman craves for salty foods, it’s a sign that she is expecting a baby boy.

Fact: Studies show that cravings cannot determine the sex of a baby.

Myth #3: If a pregnant woman suffers from heartburn, it shows that the baby will be born with a lot of hair.

Fact: Heartburn is common in pregnant women and has nothing to do with the quantity of hair the unborn child will have. Women who suffer from heartburn can also give birth to bald babies.

Myth #4: If your mother carried pregnancy and delivered with ease, so will you.

Fact: Hereditary factors do not determine how difficult or easy it will be to carry pregnancy. However, the position, the size the diet and the lifestyle are the main factors that determine how things will be.

Myth #5: If you take a nap on your back it will hurt the baby

Sleeping on your back will not harm the baby. However, sleeping on your side is recommended since it increases blood flow to the placenta and uterus.

Myth #6: Having sex when pregnant will hurt the baby:

Fact: there are seven layers including the amniotic sac that protects the baby. Also, an expectant mother has a hardened cervix that stops anything from getting into the uterus. In addition, it secretes mucus that keeps the area clean and infection free.  If a doctor does not ask you to abstain from sex, have as much as you want.

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