9 ridiculous pregnancy myths that should be ignored
Drowning in a sea of advice, mum-to-be? Find out which of these are actually true. Here are some pregnancy myths decoded for you
The moment you announce your pregnancy, everyone will have an advise rolling out for you. While most of them will mean ‘well’, not all of them are to be taken seriously. So, before someone’s advise prompts you to worry, read about some ridiculous pregnancy myths that should have been debunked ages ago.
Ignore these pregnancy myths
Myth 1: Eating lots of ghee during your third trimester or labour will help the baby come out faster
If this was true, all brands producing ghee would be milking money through labour procedures. Having ghee does not in any way help the baby slide out. While eaten in moderation, it does have benefits, piling your plate with it will only add another X to your size. And if you have high-fat foods during labour, it could even make you feel sick.
Myth 2: If you eat a lot of white food (like curd and paneer), you will have a fair child
What? If the colour of food the mum ate determined babies’ complexions, we would be having babies in various colours of the rainbow. A baby’s complexion depends strictly on his genes and has nothing to do with the food eaten by the expecting mother. If you are craving for curds or cheese during pregnancy, have it, but not as your baby’s fairness treatment.
Myth 3: If you have a slow foetal heart rate, it means a boy; a fast heart rate means a girl
There are no studies to prove this. Foetal heart rate may be slow during one prenatal visit and faster in the next. So that whooshing, galloping sound of your baby’s heartbeat which is fun to hear has nothing to do with what the baby has between it’s legs.
Myth 4: If your bump is high and forward it’s a boy; if it’s lower down and wider, it’s a girl
As your pregnancy progresses, you will have tons of people predicting your baby’s gender based on the shape of your bump. The truth is that, the shape is related to your body’s shape and muscle tone and not the sex of the baby. So if you want to play along, do so, but be prepared for a complete surprise.
Myth 5: Eating pineapple during pregnancy will bring on labour
Pineapple does contain the enzyme bromelain, which is thought to help soften your cervix and bring on labour. But there is no scientific reason to back this up. Also, one ripe pineapple contains very little enzyme to do anything to the cervix. So unless you are eating a 12-course pineapple feast, small amounts of pineapple can do no harm. In fact, that virgin pinacolada could refresh you.
Myth 6: If you look at pictures of cute, cherubic babies, your baby will look like them
Again, a case of genetics. If both you and your partner have curly hair, there are higher chances your baby having curly hair too. So no matter how hard you stare at blonde babies with coloured eyes, your baby will end up looking like you or one of your relatives.
Myth 7: Now that you’re pregnant, you need to feed two mouths. So eat for two.
This is most common pregnancy myth. Most mums-to-be are advised to eat for two to nourish the growing child. But all that she needs is an extra dose of 300 to 500 calories, which can be easily supplemented from healthy food sources. Eating almost double the quantity of unhealthy food may just make you double the size.
Myth 8: If you cut vegetables during an eclipse, your baby will be born with some deformity
An eclipse is a natural phenomenon and cannot cause any harm to anyone unless observed with the naked eye. If your family insists that you follow certain customs during an eclipse for your baby’s health, no harm in doing so. But you can be assured that it is not responsible for deformities in a baby.
Myth 9: You must refrain from having sex during pregnancy. It will hurt the baby
A baby is safely cushioned inside the amniotic sac and will not be hurt or affected by your naughty gymnastics on the bed. Some women say they can feel the baby kick vigorously after the act but that could very well be because of your pounding heart and not because he’s hurt. Unless your doctor has advised you to refrain from sex due to complications, you can safely have sex during pregnancy.
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