5 Pregnancy Myths

Pregnancy can be a time full of questions and concerns.

In today’s modern world, there is an excess of information about the do’s and don’ts of pregnancy that can be conflicting and confusing.

How many myths have you hear before?

1   Your emotions can affect the development of the foetus.

No, your foetus will not cry with you or smile because you are happy. However, how well the baby develops after conception and its strength of various body systems is affected by what is done while pregnant. Your overall emotional state during your pregnancy can affect the development of your child.

Report stated mothers who have high levels of distress during their pregnancy had children with higher incidences of behavioural problems later in life, including hyperactivity and inattention in boys and conduct problems in girls. (report extracted from http://bjp.rcpsych.org/content/180/6/502)


Growth Issues: When your body is under stress, it releases a hormone called cortisol that can cross the placenta and influence the building blocks of your baby’s emotional development. This might cause certain developmental and behavioural issues later.

2   The shape and height of your belly can indicate your baby’s sex.

The position of your belly doesn’t give any clue to the gender of your body. However, it does say something about your abdominal muscles.

The position of your “baby belly” depends on your physical frame. Taller women typically have longer torsos, which cause them to have narrower bellies, while shorter women will look wider.

Women have also been sharing observations about the position of their bellies, specifically the ‘height’ of the belly, as sex-determining factors during pregnancy. Women who have a ‘high’ belly, or one that points upward to a level above the waist, are said to be carrying baby girls. Women who have a ‘low’ belly, or one whose ‘point’ is closer to the hip-level, are said to be carrying boys.

Will you believe?

3   Make-up during pregnancy is not safe for foetus 

A controversial study claims to have found a link between wearing make-up during pregnancy and lower IQ scores in children.

Are you worried that using cosmetics may harm the little one in your womb? Since the hormones that effect the body also change the complexion, you should consider reviving your make up as you progress through pregnancy. Your skin may be more sensitive during pregnancy. You should watch out for certain chemicals in make up because your skin absorbs chemicals from everything.

Here are the ingredients to avoid:

  • Aluminum chloride hexahydrate: Found in antiperspirant; check for aluminum chloride hexahydrate and aluminium chlorohydrate.
  • Beta hydroxy acids: Salicylic acid, 3-hydroxypropionic acid, trethocanic acid and tropic acid.
  • Chemical sunscreens: Avobenzone, homosalate, octisalate, octocrylene, oxybenzone, oxtinoxate, menthyl anthranilate and oxtocrylene.
  • Diethanolamine (DEA): Found in hair and body products; stay clear of diethanolamine, oleamide DEA, lauramide DEA and cocamide DEA.
  • Dihydroxyacetone (DHA): Found in spray self-tanners; could be harmful if inhaled.
  • Formaldehyde: Found in hair straightening treatments, nail polishes and eyelash glue; look for formaldehyde, quaternium-15, dimethyl-dimethyl (DMDM), hydantoin, imidazolidinyl urea, diazolidinyl urea, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate, and 2-bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bromopol).
  • Hydroquinone: A lightening agent; abstain from hydroquinone, idrochinone and quinol/1-4 dihydroxy benzene/1-4 hydroxy benzene.
  • Parabens: Keep away from propyl, butyl, isopropyl, isobutyl and methyl parabens.
  • Phthalates: Found in products with synthetic fragrances and nail polishes; avoid diethyl and dibutyl especially.
  • Retinol: Vitamin A, retinoic acid, retinyl palmitate, retinaldehyde, adapalene, tretinoin, tazarotene and isotretinoin. (Here are some retinol alternatives.)
  • Thioglycolic acid: Found in chemical hair removers; can also be labeled acetyl mercaptan, mercaptoacetate, mercaptoacetic acid and thiovanic acid.
  • Toluene: Found in nail polishes; skip methylbenzene, toluol and antisal


4   Raising your arms are dangerous

A news source (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14756352) also explained that up to 25 percent of foetuses have the umbilical cord wrapped around his or her neck at some point, and more often than not, it’s due to his or her activity in the womb, not you raising your hands over your head.

Two factors that can attribute to cord wrapping are your baby’s movements and having a long cord. Neither of these are under control, but you shouldn’t let that worry you. According to record, about 25 percent of healthy babies are born with the cord around their neck, and only 2 to 4 percent of stillbirths are attributed to cord accidents.

The fact is, umbilical cord is long, usually around 55 centimetres. This offers a lot of slack so that a baby can move quite freely without danger. True, there is the chance of entanglement, but things are so loose that there is seldom constriction of the cord. Added to the safety is the volume of amniotic fluid, keeping the cord from being jammed up against the wall of the womb.

Basically, your movements have no impact on the cord becoming wrapped around the baby.

Some people believe that if you raise your arms above your head during pregnancy, the baby can get the umbilical cord wrapped around his or her neck and potentially choke.

5   Spicy food will make marks on the baby’s skin.

This is just rumours and are not backed by expert research and study.

There is absolutely no evidence that eating spicy foods while pregnant or nursing will hurt your baby. However, there is strong evidence that eating spicy food during the last trimester and while nursing will have one long-term effect on your child.

Spicy foods are safe for your baby, but they may make you uncomfortable, especially if you’re not used to them. While many expectant mothers can tolerate spicy foods without problems, others experience digestive problems. Spicy meals might also worsen morning sickness in first trimester in mothers who are unable to stomach certain spices. Spicy foods are more likely to cause heartburn and acid reflux, two common problems during pregnancy. If you’re unsure of the effect of spicy foods on your body, try it in small amounts before eating an entire spicy meal. If you do choose to eat spicy foods, pair them with a glass of milk to help minimize heartburn. A tablespoon of honey might also helps to prevent heartburn after eating a spicy dish.

But do remember if you are planning to breastfeed after the baby is born, you should abstain from eating pungent or gas-causing foods during the third trimester. This is because the gasses and flavors from these foods can pass through the breast milk and irritate babies’ sensitive digestive systems.

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