When having a first-time pregnancy there can be many myths and lies you can hear about being pregnant. In this guide, there might be a few you've heard but been unsure about. Here are some answers to some common myths.
I’m sorry to say but this is false. Using cocoa butter can make your skin more sensitive. There is also the possibility of having an allergic reaction, which wouldn't be too great during pregnancy.
You can fly whenever you want. Some airlines won’t let you fly during your last trimester, but that is because of a fear that you’ll go into labor than anything else.
Granted you may not want to fly during your last trimester due to being uncomfortable but you certainly aren’t forbidden from doing so.
This is false. Granted you want to stay away from the litter box due to the risk of toxoplasmosis but you can certainly pet your cat.
This is also false. Salmon is good for pregnant moms. It is high in omega-3 fatty acids and studies have shown that it has a variety of benefits for pregnant women.
The fear here is that it contains a high amount of mercury. However, salmon is a freshwater fish so any likelihood of mercury poisoning is rather low.
You can eat hot dogs as long as they are completely cooked.
This is false. Unless you have some medical issue where your doctor tells you not to, then feel free to have sex. There is a fear that the penis will poke at the baby and hurt it.
This is false. The baby is well protected by layers of muscles, tissue, membrane, and fluid. No amount of movement from sex will harm the baby.
There is a fear that exposure to the chemicals in the hair dye will harm the baby or lower its IQ. This is false.
After 1980, manufacturers have changed their products to eliminate the most suspect ingredients, though there was never any proof that they were absorbed through the scalp in the first place. There has never been any conclusive scientific link established between hair dye and birth defects.
This is false. It doesn’t matter what side you sleep on. It also doesn’t matter if you sleep on your back. Your sleeping position won’t harm the baby.
You cannot tell the sex of the baby outside the womb. Its position doesn’t tell you anything. A girl or a boy can sit low or high depending on its movements and how close to birth it is.
This is false. Most fetuses, whether boy or girl, start with extremely high heart rates that seem to settle around the 150 marks before delivery.
This myth was created because a woman has higher heart rates than men. However, when it comes to your baby in the womb–this isn’t a good predictor.
False. The umbilical cord gets tangled due to the baby’s movements, not the mothers. You can stretch to your heart’s content and do prenatal yoga all you want and it won’t make the umbilical cord choke your baby.
This is false. Most fetuses, whether boy or girl, start with extremely high heart rates that seem to settle around the 150 marks before delivery. This myth was created because a woman has higher heart rates than men. However, when it comes to your baby in the womb–this isn’t a good predictor.
Sorry to say that this is false. Walking and other activities may make you feel better and relieve stress during labor but it won’t make it happen any faster.
This is false. There is no danger to the baby or you if you sit on or near polished furniture.