Pregnancy is a special time for a would-be mother. She indeed requires good care as well as attention to her physical and emotional needs during these nine mont...
Pregnancy is a special time for a would-be mother. She indeed requires good care as well as attention to her physical and emotional needs during these nine months. Most of us would consult a specialist doctor and register for the pre-natal care to ensure proper care as well as advice is provided to the mother and the baby. This is also the time when one gets advice from the relatives, neighbours and friends. It sometimes becomes difficult to ensure what suggestion or advice should one heed to and which one should be ignored.
Here in this article we are exploring some common pregnancy myths, which either have no medically proven effect or have been passing on from generations to generations without any research!
- The position of sexual intercourse can suggest if you will have a boy or a girl
- The carrying position of the baby in mother’s womb; But science says the baby’s position and size are the reasons behind the “carrying” position in the mother’s womb
- Worseness of morning sickness; if you experience more morning sickness, baby’s gender is female. Though this is also not scientifically proven and quite a common myth!
- It has been scientifically proven that the gender of baby is formed based on the sperms released by the father. More specifically, it is X or Y chromosome in father’s sperm which decides whether it will be a girl or a boy! None of these are medically proven to be correct and have been passing from the older generations. You can easily ignore these remarks.
It is a usual case that the umbilical cord is wrapped around baby’s neck but mother cannot do anything about it. It is completely dependent on baby’s movement in the fetus and not on mother’s physical movements. For eg. a common myth is that if to-be mother raises her arms above her just like trying to hang clothes on the clothesline, the baby will end up having the umbilical cord wrapped around and will ultimately suffocate.
There is nothing a pregnant woman can do about this and infact in most of the cases the babies grow normally even with the umbilical cord wrapped around.
There is no scientific relevance to this myth. The heartburn is common during pregnancy because during pregnancy stomach gets pushed higher thereby allowing the acid to move backwards and hence cause heartburn. You should take antacids based on your doctor’s prescription.
The comfortable position to lie down for a pregnant woman varies from woman to woman and there is no defined posture. Usually it is recommended that pregnant woman should sleep or lie down in position which is comfortable.
It is one of the biggest myths that sex during pregnancy may hamper and affect your baby’s health. Regarding exercise, it is recommended that a pregnant woman should exercise to ensure smooth delivery. So get rid of these myths and go by your doctor’s advice.
Though x-rays should be avoided but if necessary checkups are required, these can be done if confirmed by your doctor. But no scientific proof is there that microwaves and computer emit enough radiations to affect the baby’s health.
Pregnant woman should avoid bathing with too hot water, and when your water has broken or you are bleeding. But otherwise there is no harmful effect from bathing.
There are firm believers who confirm that stormy weather or full moon can lead to early labor but it is not scientifically proven. Infact labor is induced by hormonal changes, and has no connection with the weather conditions.
As mentioned above, labor is triggered because of hormonal changes in the body and not because of external conditions. Bumpy ride or spicy food can hardly trigger labor and such myths should not be heeded to.
This myth is not totally untrue but does hold some scientific significance. Infact the reason behind this myth is that cats usually get infected by parasites, toxoplasmosis and it’s found in cat’s litter. It can cause infections in humans and to an extent affect the fetus with deformities. So it is recommended for a pregnant woman to avoid handling the cat litter but otherwise handling the cat is no problem.
Being a to-be-mother it is common to get suggestions and advice from people around you but you should consult your doctor before taking any action on these suggestions. These may not be true, and that is why these are more commonly known as myths.
Are you a ‘would be mum’? You must be hearing lots of pregnancy recommendations based on traditional beliefs. Do this! Don't do that! It's hard to know what to ...
Are you a ‘would be mum’?
You must be hearing lots of pregnancy recommendations based on traditional beliefs. Do this! Don't do that! It's hard to know what to believe or whom to believe. But remember, every pregnancy is unique, so follow your doctor's prescription above anything else. Here are some pregnancy myths, commonly heard in this stage!
Myth1- Eat for two: You need only about 300 extra calories per day to support your baby's growth. You should eat six or seven small meals after every two to three hours, will help you to keep your blood sugar in a constant range.
Myth2- Say NO to Caffeine: One small cup of coffee a day is perfectly fine. But if consumption is 3-4 cups per day this might cause miscarriage, so limit your caffeine consumption.
Myth3- Carry high, it's a girl. Carry low, it's a boy: Only the baby’s position in the womb can tell you its sex. You just can’t tell from outside the womb. So hope for a baby with good health, irrespective of the sex!
Myth 4- No sex, it will hurt your baby: You can still have sex. Your baby is fully protected by the amniotic sac and strong muscles. But beware of sexually transmitted infections -- genital warts, Chlamydia, herpes, HIV, as the disease could be transmitted to your baby too.
Myth5- Avoid hair dyes, dryers: Chemicals from hair permanents dye and relaxers are absorbed through the skin only in negligible amount that aren't harmful for your junior.
Enjoy your pregnancy and do not worry over these myths, rather consult your doctor and be advised as they suggest.
You don’t have to changeyour travel plans just because you’re pregnant. You can travel as long as you feel comfortable and everything is normal. Expecting women...
You don’t have to change your travel plans just because you’re pregnant. You can travel as long as you feel comfortable and everything is normal. Expecting women with normal pregnancy are not prohibited from travelling by airplane, four-wheelers, train but you need to be cautious. Here are some easy steps you can take to make your trip more comfortable.
If you are travelling by car, remember:
If you are travelling by air, the safest period to travel is during your second trimester (18 to 24 weeks), when the risks for miscarriage and preterm labor are least.
Do consult your doctor before planning a trip. Also keep their contact details handy to ensure you can consult via phone. Do not worry, just observe little extra precautions and enjoy your travel!
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Have you confirmed pregnancy lately? Are you feeling queasy or experiencing nausea and vomiting when you get up in the morning? Relax, these are universal signs...
Have you confirmed pregnancy lately? Are you feeling queasy or experiencing nausea and vomiting when you get up in the morning?
Relax, these are universal signs of pregnancy, and will continue from 6th to 12th week of pregnancy. This feeling is known as morning sickness. Though, this is a depressing state; but exciting also, because you have entered into a new stage of your life, motherhood!
Morning sickness can include symptoms as - loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, unsettled stomach, psychological effects, such as depression or nervousness.
The cause of morning sickness are-
Ease yourself from morning sickness with these easy tips-
Generally, morning sickness does not harm your unborn baby. But, in some severe cases, experiencing weight loss and dehydration, requires immediate medical treatment.
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Are you planning for pregnancy but worried about miscarriage? Resolve some of your worries with a quick read on myths related to miscarriage. Most women feel g...
Are you planning for pregnancy but worried about miscarriage?
Resolve some of your worries with a quick read on myths related to miscarriage. Most women feel guilty and blame themselves if they have a miscarriage, which is not right; it’s not your fault! Generally, the loss of a pregnancy is uncontrollable. One in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage; and most of the time a cause is not known. Being a sensitive matter, there are lots of misconceptions floating around the matter. Instead of going under depression, it is important to figure out the myths and understand actual facts.
Myth - If I had this once, I will have it next time also.
Fact - There are only very few chances of having repeated pregnancy loss, if you have had it before. However, after having two simultaneous miscarriages, the risk of successive chances of pregnancy loss may increase up to 20 percent. Remember there's still a 80 percent chance of a having a successful pregnancy.
Myth- I was too stressed out.
Fact- Every pregnant lady experiences some stress. It’s impossible to remain relaxed, whether it’s about money, work or even family tragedies. Moderate amount of stress can not cause miscarriage, but chronic stress might cause an issue.
Myth- We had sex.
Fact- You and your partner can breathe easy! There is no evidence about orgasms or uterine contractions causing miscarriage.
Myth- I had an abortion years ago.
Fact- Though, if you have had one or two procedures in the past, it shouldn't have an effect on your ability to carry a pregnancy in future. But, there is a high risk of miscarriage if there is a very short gap between an induced abortion and following pregnancy.
Myth- I continued with my regular workout.
Fact- Light or moderate exercise during pregnancy will not increase your risk of miscarriage, infact doctors recommend some exercise regime for healthy pregnancy. Prefer,consuming a lot of water and ensure you consult your doctor before going ahead with your work-out regime.
Doctors recommend you should be more careful during the first trimester, usually all risks and troubles reduce as your pregnancy stabilizes. If you have had a miscarriage, you need to boost your spirits and prepare yourself for a healthy pregnancy in future.
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Pregnancy is a very crucial and exciting period for every woman as you are nurturing a tiny life inside your womb. Therefore, the moment you conceive, you will ...
Pregnancy is a very crucial and exciting period for every woman as you are nurturing a tiny life inside your womb. Therefore, the moment you conceive, you will start receiving lots of instructions from everywhere; which leaves you confused, especially when it is your first pregnancy!
Encountering Eclipse in pregnancy is one of these. For centuries, there have been myths about bad affects of an eclipse on a pregnant woman and on an unborn baby. Here is some information that can help you to understand if an eclipse is really an omen or just a simple science-based logic.
Myth or Science?
1. Don’t look at the Sun and remain inside.
Yes, logically this is true. Not only for pregnant women, rather is it recommended for all. The reason behind this is Sun’s radiations, which are harmful when looked at directly or can even burn your eye retina and you may develop ‘eclipse blindness’.
2. Don’t eat, drink or cook during an Eclipse.
This is partially true; as the Sun rays are very important for our survival, so their absence during eclipse can promote growth of harmful microbes and germs. During eclipses, the sun rays being blocked, there is a rapid drop in temperature causing such harmful microbes, bacteria and germs development. These can contaminate food items as well as perishable item. Such food can be harmful for you and your baby.
It is recommended you should not eat any food kept for long hours but there is no scientific proof that you cannot prepare something fresh and consume it during the eclipse. Since you are pregnant, you are bound to feel hungry from time to time, so make sure you do not get dehydrated or stay hungry for long time during this period.
Some other odd restrictions you might hear include:
- Stay away from sharp objects like knife, needle, scissor,
- Do not let even a sneak peek of sunlight on you, rest in a darkened room
- Take bath after its over
Though the list is long, there is no scientific proof to these premonitions. Scientifically, an eclipse (either solar or Lunar) is a spectacular natural phenomenon in which the sun, the moon and the earth, all three come in one straight line. There is no such evidence of harming a pregnant lady or her baby.
Genuinely, eclipse should not be looked upon as an omen. Furthermore, whenever your elders warn you, take it in good spirit and utilize the time to rest well!
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