Common Pregnancy Myths
- Putting your arms above your head will tangle you baby’s umbilical cord.
When the mother moves, there is no change in the position of the umbilical cord. If a baby is
in the head down position it is natural for the umbilical cord to lay across his neck.
- Spicy food will induce labor.
Spicy food does not induce labor. The only thing it might cause is heartburn. You should, however, avoid certain foods. Unpasteurized cheeses (brie, camembert, etc.) can contain a bacteria called lysteria which can be harmful during pregnancy.
- Sex will induce labor.
There is no proof that sex will cause a woman to go into labor. There is also no reason that a pregnant woman shouldn’t have sex. It is perfectly safe for both mom and baby, unless otherwise stated by your doctor.
- You can tell if you’re having a boy or girl based on the fetal heart rate.
- The way you carry your baby will show if you’re having a boy or a girl.
The only accurate way to know the gender of your baby is through an ultrasound.
- You can’t get pregnant if you are breastfeeding.
Your chances of becoming pregnant during the first 6 month of breastfeeding are low, but they do still exist. Once you have resumed your menstrual cycle, your chances of conceiving increase. Please do not rely on breastfeeding as a means of birth control. You may face another pregnancy before you’re fully recovered from the first one.
Pregnancy is a special time that come with concerns for your health and the health of your baby. It is best to take precautions when you are unsure about something. It is also a good idea to talk to your doctor and ask as many questions as you can. As always, taking a pregnancy vitamin (prenatal vitamin) is a great way to ensure that you and your baby are receiving the right nutrients.