Friday, August 1, 2008

12 Pregnancy Myths

12 Pregnancy Myths (from Dr. Robert H. Shmerling, a physician at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School)

- The worse your morning sickness, the more likely you are to have a girl. (Dr. Shmerling does point out, however, that several studies have shown that women who are hospitalized for morning sickness are slightly more likely to deliver a girl.)
- If you raise your arms above your head while pregnant (as when hanging up clothes on a clothesline), the baby will get the cord wrapped around its neck.
- If you get a lot of heartburn during pregnancy, your baby will have a thick head of hair.
- Avoid sleeping on your back; or, always sleep on your left side.
- To keep your unborn child safe, avoid sex and exercise during pregnancy.
- You should not touch a cat while pregnant. Women are indeed advised not to handle their cat's litter while pregnant because a cat's stool may carry a parasite that can cause toxoplasmosis, a serious infection in the mother and a possible cause of deformities in the fetus. However, other activities, such as petting your cat or allowing it to sit on your lap, are not prohibited. If you want complete peace of mind about this, you can have your cat tested for toxoplasmosis.
- If you are pregnant, you cannot have x-rays and should avoid microwaves and computer terminals. Excessive or needless radiation should always be avoided, pregnant or not, but you should follow your doctor's recommendations for x-rays that are necessary. Modern microwave ovens and computer terminals do not expose the fetus to harmful radiation.
- Don't take a bath if you are pregnant.
- If the weather is stormy or the moon is full, you are more likely to go into labor, even if you are weeks away from your due date.
- Avoid spicy foods — they can trigger labor before you are ready.
- Avoid bumpy car rides — they can trigger labor; or, labor can be triggered by being bumped in the abdomen or by lifting groceries.
- You can determine your baby's gender by the position of sexual intercourse when the baby was conceived, and by how your baby is situated in the womb.


Anonymous said...

I have never heard of any of those things... they are crazy silly. But I might believe the one about kitty litter....

Emily said...

Funny- I slept on my back, took baths, ate sandwich meat (I know this isn't a myth), had sex, exercised regularly, lifted heavy objects.

There may be a little truth to the m/s. I was so sick- girl. I also had the worse heartburn ever- lots of hair.

A few others I heard- carry low- girl. Oh and a lady at the clinic a few weeks before I was due told me I was having a boy, because a girl would have stolen my beauty. I guess she thought I looked good!

CP said...

That is funny - what a sweet lady! Yeah this whole list just baffles me :) I am eating sandwich meat, feta, lifting heavy A$$ computers all day. I am pretty sure I will be fine :) I haven't taken a bath yet, but I am not a big bath taker anyway - I never feel clean after a bath for some reason...

kristine said...

That made me laugh! The heartburn - well, I had it like crazy with Parker and the biy has fuzz.... My morning sickness was WAAAY worse with Parker and well, he was a boy! So yea..
I am with Emily, I ate the lunch meat too (but it's not a myth) Also took baths - how else are you supposed to relax? I kno wyou're not supposed to go in a hot tub, but I have never heard that about the baths.