8 Common Pregnancy Myths That You Can Safely Ignore

  • September 07,2017



On getting pregnant for the first time, you may get numerous advice from well-meaning people around you. But they all might not be true and agreeable. They will suggest you things that are complete myths. Thus, this article outlines some of the common pregnancy myths and provides you with their answers.


Myth 1:

One of the common myths revolve around the shape of a pregnant woman’s stomach. If a woman is carrying a high stomach, in all chances it is a girl and if she’s carrying a low stomach, it will be a boy.



Doctors tell that there is no scientific conclusion to this assumption. In fact, a woman's body structure, muscle size, the position of the fetus and the amount of the fat gathered around the abdomen are the factors that determine the size and shape of a pregnant woman’s stomach.


Myth 2:

Cravings for salty foods during pregnancy indicate that you’ll have a boy. On the other hand, if you have cravings for sweet foods, expect a girl on the way.



Researches suggest that cravings have nothing to do with determining the gender of an unborn child


Myth 3:

Another common myth is the prediction of a baby’s sex by holding a string with a ring in it over the stomach. If the ring moves back and forth, this indicates a boy. If the ring moves around, it means a girl.



While there is absolutely no truth in this, you can do this for a quick laugh.


Myth 4:

If you experience heartburn during pregnancy, your baby will be born with lots of hair on his head.



Heartburn is a common disease in pregnant women and it does not put any effect on the quantity of hair on your baby’s head. Even mothers who have suffered from heartburn have welcomed bald newborns.


Myth 5:

If your mom had an easy pregnancy and birth, so will you.



Heredity factors do not play any role in predicting how much smooth or difficult your pregnancy and delivery will be. On the contrary, the size and position of your baby, your diet, and your lifestyle play vital roles in determining how well will you deliver.


Myth 6:

Taking naps or sleeping on your back can hurt your baby.



Sleeping in this position doesn’t harm your baby. However, you will feel comfortable if you sleep on your side. Experts prefer sleeping on the left side since it is known for pumping blood flow to your uterus and placenta.


Myth 7:

Having sex during pregnancy might hurt the baby.



You should be aware of the fact that seven layers of skin from the abdominal wall to the amniotic sac are present to keep your baby safe inside. Your lengthened and hardened cervix prevents from anything getting inside the uterus. Added to this, it also generates mucus to keep the area infection free and clean. Indeed, having sex cannot harm your baby. If your doctor hasn’t told you to abstain from having sex during pregnancy, have no fear.


Myth 8:

The first baby always arrives late.



This is true to an extent since around 60% of the babies likely arrive after their due date, 5% on the due date and 35% before the due date. But what really determines the arrival of your baby is the length of your menstrual cycle. You may deliver early if your menstrual cycle is short. If it lasts longer, your baby will arrive later, and if your cycle normally lasts 28 days, you will deliver close to your due date.