Get ready to be barraged by advice the moment you announce that you are pregnant. It wont be surprising to note that everyone who visits your home would have something to say about what you should and should not do while pregnant. While you may want to follow every single advice that comes your way during this period, be forewarned that there are a lot of pregnancy myths doing the rounds out there that can give you incorrect information. Here are 9 such pregnancy myths that have been busted for your comfort.
Beautiful Baby Pictures Means Beautiful Babies
Your baby’s looks will depend only on genetics and not on the pictures you see during pregnancy. On the other hand, lining the walls with pictures of beautiful babies would make you feel more relaxed, thus aiding in a peaceful, hassle free pregnancy. It would also promote the proper development of the fetus.
White Foods Lead To Fair Skinned Babies
Some pregnant ladies opt to eat white colored foods first thing in the morning in order to get a fair skinned baby. This again is a myth that has no sense to it. Would that mean that if you eat bread and milk every morning, you will give birth to a snow white baby? Looks again, depend on genetics and not what you see or eat.
Cravings And Baby’s Gender
Sex determination tests are illegal in India. This is probably why some decided to come up with their own baseless sex determination tests. And one of them happens to be this. Apparently, the kind of food cravings you get during pregnancy would indicate the sex of the baby. The reason you get food cravings is because of nutritional deficiencies. No way are they related to your baby’s gender.
Shape Of The Stomach And Baby’s Gender
Some women claim that they can clearly point out whether it’s going to be a boy or girl simply by checking out the shape of the mother’s stomach during pregnancy. Know that the shape of your stomach reflects your baby’s position in the womb. The position of the baby would also change periodically which means the shape of your stomach would also change automatically. Does this mean it’s a boy one day and a girl the next?
Double The Weight Gain during Pregnancy
Although you need to eat a bit extra during pregnancy, there is no written rule that says you need to eat double of what you usually eat and put on at least 10 kilos of weight. Your baby needs only an additional 300 calories a day which you can easily derive from nutritious foods. So keep this calorie count in mind during pregnancy unless you want to battle with the weight you put on afterwards.
Coconut Water And The Size Of The Baby’s Head
Really? If this were the case, then a lot of babies would be running around with big heads by now. Coconut water contains potassium that improves gut health and reduces acidity, a common complaint during pregnancy. It has no effect on the size of your baby’s head for sure.
Excess Vomiting – Plenty Of Hair
This one is a complete joke! Many believe that excess vomiting during pregnancy means your baby has a lot of hair on his/her head which is making you nauseous. The vomiting you experience during pregnancy is caused by hormonal changes and nothing else. How your body copes up with these changes would reflect on the severity of the condition.
Eclipses And Deformities
Never go out during an eclipse. Don’t cut your nails during an eclipse. Don’t eat anything during an eclipse. These are pretty common things you get to hear when you are pregnant. The theory that indulging in any activity during an eclipse would lead to birth deformities in the baby is completely baseless. An eclipse is a natural phenomenon that would not do you or your baby any harm at all. So chill.
Ghee/Oil And Easy Labor
This one takes the cake for sure. Some believe that eating a lot of ghee or oil during pregnancy would make it easier for the baby to just slide out during labor. Duhhhhhhhhhhhhhh???? Eating oil or ghee is not going to help your delivery in any way. All they would do is add on plenty of extra calories that would be hard for you to shake off post pregnancy. So skip on this myth and politely decline that aunt or neighbor who offers you a spoonful of ghee or oil now and then.