Pregnancy myths are statements that often well meaning friends and family bring up. These guidelines are inaccurate but sound like they might have a grain of truth.
1. Pregnancy Myths Dispelled
These pregnancy myths get repeated often. Because of these myths, women contact their doctors and midwives over and over again to try to figure out what might be true and what is pure fiction. Here’s the scoop so you can navigate your pregnancy with the facts on your side.
2. Pregnancy Myth: Don’t Raise Your Arms Over Your Head
My grandma told me that if you raise your arms over your head while pregnant, the umbilical cord wraps around the baby’s neck.
Fact: The umbilical cord runs between your placenta and the baby’s umbilicus (stomach area). It is not connected to your arms in any way shape or form. The baby’s cord will be around the neck at about
If this were true you would be unable to do much of anything in pregnancy, from caring for a toddler in your second pregnancy, exercise or other daily tasks.
3. Pregnancy Myth: You Can’t Birth a Big Baby
You can’t give birth to a baby over 8 lbs vaginally.
Fact: There are plenty of people who will try to tell you that you can’t have a “big” baby vaginally. They will suggest that you schedule a c-section or even plan to induce labor. The problem with this myth has multiple parts.
The first problem is that it is very difficult to tell the size of the baby before birth. Some practitioners will guess merely by putting their hands on your abdomen and guessing by what they feel. Others use ultrasound measurements, these measurements are also known for being off in either direction
It is also important to understand that the weight of the baby doesn’t necessarily mean that a baby is too big to fit. A lot of what goes into the baby’s birth has to do with the mother’s body, which changes in labor due to the hormones, opening and moving, as well as the molding of your baby’s bones which change shape to fit through the pelvis, being molded by the force of labor.
Do nothing. The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) says that you should not induce labor or plan a c-section for a baby who is suspected to be big. Letting labor start on its own will give your baby the best chance to be born vaginally and safely.
4. Pregnancy Myth: Pregnant Women Can’t Take a Bath
Pregnant women can’t take a bath in pregnancy.
Fact: It is perfectly acceptable to take a bath while pregnant.
5. Pregnancy Myth: Sex in Pregnancy Will Hurt the Baby
Sex in pregnancy
will hurt the baby?
Fact: Sex in pregnancy is not only safe, but wonderful for most couples. The baby is well cushioned in the amniotic sac and can’t see anything. Many women find that pregnant sex is very wonderful due to some of the physical changes in their bodies that make orgasms happen more easily or often. Guys tend to enjoy the lack of thinking about birth control. Sure, there are some changes to
6. Pregnancy Myth: Bad Weather Causes Labor
Pregnancy Myth: Bad weather will cause you to go into labor!
Fact: While one study did show an increase in the number of women who came into the hospital within the 24 hours following a significant drop in the barometric pressure, another study found that it was not clinically significant.