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12 Pregnancy Myths That Are Actually Backed Up By Science

The cutting-edge fetal research is challenging some of the conventional wisdom about pregnancy, and the producing findings of that may surprise the mothers. Most of the folk wisdom, that well-meaning older relatives offer up to expectant mothers cannot be easily ignored. Mother’s craving won’t manifest themselves as birthmarks on the baby’s skin. And no, the full moon has nothing to do with the timing of the birth.

But in the recent years, a handful of studies have found that some of the most outlandish old ideas concerning babies and pregnancy may have scientific merit after all. So, grandmother’s everywhere can put a win in the column for a few of them. Yay, for the grandmothers! See, they do sometimes know what they are talking about; maybe we should listen to the things they have to say.

When it comes to pregnancy counsel, female family members, pregnant friends, and even experienced moms don’t always know what is best. Yet, many expectant women are more apt to listen to those sources than they are to fellow medical advice. Some studies have shown that the women wanted a place for the scientific advice above that of their mothers and grandmothers. However, on an everyday basis, many opted for the family advice. To help mom’s separate pregnancy facts from the fiction, we have examined the science (or lack thereof) behind several common beliefs. Here is a list of some pregnancy myths that are backed by science.

12 Eating Veggies During Pregnancy

Alright Ladies, the foods and drinks that mom ingests flavor the amniotic fluid that the fetus starts swallowing in the second trimester. Science has shown that babies who are exposed to vegetables in utero are more likely to develop a preference for them when they begin eating solids and grow into adults.

Flavors from mom’s diet are also transmitted through the breast milk. One study published showed that four to eight-month old’s whose nursing moms ate green beans accepted the vegetable more readily and ate three times more of them than did the babies who were not exposed to them. The baby can even learn to like bitter tasting varieties like kale if mom eats them regularly during pregnancy. Unfortunately, the same holds true for cookies, chips and other non-nutrient snacks.

11 A Long Labor Means It's A Boy

Go, Grandma! Researchers aren’t quite sure why this one’s true, but nevertheless in 2003, a team of doctors analyzed more than eight thousand births at a single hospital in Ireland and excluding women who delivered prematurely or needed to induce labor. After they crunched all the numbers, the difference between the sexes was small but noticeable.

On average, labor for boy’s births lasted a little over six hours, while girl births took a little under six hours. Women who delivered boys were also more likely to run into complications during delivery, requiring a C-section six percent of the time, and forceps in eight percent of the cases. Overall, 29% of boy deliveries ended up requiring some sort of extra interventions, and girls were only 22%.

10 Heartburn = Hairy Baby? The Data Says YES

Here is a horrifying fact about babies, sometimes in the second trimester of pregnancy, they develop a coat of fine hair all over their bodies called lanugo. And sometimes in the third trimester, they shed it and eat it. A baby’s first poop, in fact, is the digested remains of their own body hair. Studies in a research group about births that a team of researchers followed 64 women throughout their pregnancies. Within that group 28 who reported moderate or severe heartburn.

Within that group 23 of the women ended up with having babies of average or above average hairiness. Only twelve of the women reported no heartburn at all, and all of them had babies with less hairy than the average newborn. Some of the researchers argued that there is a third factor in this not equaling causation, pregnancy hormones. So, they are now saying that we can blame the baby for that fiery pain in mom’s chest, but the link isn’t quite as direct as the old wives’ tale implies. So, in other words, it’s over half true.

9 Being A Couch Potato Is A No-No

Ok mothers, guess what this one is true. So, sorry out there to the moms who don't like this one. While it is important to rest, it's also important for a woman to exercises, since her fetus gets a beneficial workout too.

Research shows that the fetuses of pregnant women who are physically active have heart rates that are slower and more variable. Both signs of cardiovascular health. The babies of exercisers have lower birth weights and may even become more intelligent adults because of their bigger brains. So, mom’s, it’s time to get out and start doing that exercising, it’s the best thing for the baby. There are many things that moms-to-be can do, just check with the doctor, and they will get a list that is safe for her to do.

8 Why You Should Stay Away From Bananas

It’s not just that women carrying boys will eat more, eating more in the lead up to pregnancy may also make it more likely that the baby is a boy. In a study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society, they asked 740 women who were pregnant for the first time to describe their diets over the year before they conceived, then divided them into these three groups based on calorie intake.

Women in the top third of the study, calorie wise, had boys 56% of the time, and among the third that consumed the fewest calories, 59% had girls. And here is where the old line about eating bananas come in, eating the potassium was linked to girls. Although overhauling the diet to influence the sex of a future child can be a risky move health-wise, eating a healthy diet in general, and leaving the rest up to chance.

7 Mom Affects The Fetus' State Of Mind

Well, moms-to-be what do we think about this one? Could there be any truth to anything that research is revealing to us about these myths? As we have already found out, most of these things are true. So, guess what; this one is true.

In reality, the fetal research is revealing that the fetus is an active and dynamic creature, responding and even adapting to its surroundings as it readies itself for life in the particular world it will soon enter. Meanwhile, scientists are learning that the pregnant woman is a powerful and often positive influence on her child even before it’s born. So, moms-to-be, keep being that powerful and positive influence on the little bundle of joy, which is loved always and forever.

6 Certain Foods Do More Than Satisfy Hunger

Guess what moms, this one is true also. Mom can and should eat enough calories during her pregnancy but be aware food does affect mom and the unborn baby. For example chocolate should be avoided by mamas-to-be.. The new studies show that pregnant women who eat chocolate every day during pregnancy have babies who show less fear and smile and laugh more often at six months of age.

Guess what mommy-to-be, there is even more great news that goes with this one. It just keeps getting better and better. Another study finds that women who eat five or more servings of chocolate each week during their third trimester have a 40% lower risk of developing the dangerously high blood pressure condition known as preeclampsia. See, it does get better!

5 Astrology Predicts Nothing

Guess what mommy’s this one is true. So, for those of us who do go by astrology in our daily lives, this one will be great for us. If those of us who are wondering about this and aren’t sure, please make sure to read this one. I hope that it will answer the questions that some of us would like to know.

Actually, fetal research is showing that the time of year we are born can have a lasting impact on the mental and physical health. Individuals who were born in the late summer or early fall are taller and have thicker bones than people born at other times of the year, for example, and people who were born in the late winter or early spring are ten percent more likely to develop schizophrenia.

4 Yes... Pregnant Woman Are Moody

Well, in reality, the research shows that pregnant women are just likely as other women to suffer from mood disorders. So those of us who have had some problems with this should make sure that we talk to their doctors about this. There is still a high number of us who suffer from this problem.

Psychiatrists estimate that about twenty percent of pregnant women experience anxiety or depression. Depression during pregnancy can increase the risk of premature delivery and low birth weight. So pregnant women who think they may be depressed should talk to their obstetricians. Therapy or antidepressant medication can help. So, women, please make sure that if at any time one needs any help, take the time to get it, the baby needs and loves when mama is happy and feeling safe.

3 No Seafood Allowed

Mom’s, the rule is not to eat raw fish or fish that has high mercury in them. If she needs to check with the doctor on which fish that she can eat during the pregnancy. But studies have shown that she can eat some of the fish that are out there. The research shows that it's great for the baby's development.

In fact, eating lots of fish high in omega-3 fatty acids and low in mercury during pregnancy produces smarter kids. Children whose mothers ate at least twelve ounces of seafood a week during pregnancy had higher verbal IQ, better social and communication skills, and superior motor skills, according to a study published in a leading journal. So, eat up mama's because it’s good for baby.

2 Predicting The Gender Is A Silly Old Wives Tale

This one is also true; I can’t believe this one, can anyone else believe this one? Many of the grandmothers and older moms often hear other women telling them what they think the baby gender is going to be, or how to tell what the gender is going to be. Did any mom-to-be out there, has anyone been told this before? And with today's machines, moms can get that from the ultrasound or amniocentesis.

In fact, fetal research is confirming some of the folklore about how to tell the sex of a baby. Women who have severe morning sickness really are more likely to have girls. Women who have a big appetite are in fact more likely to be carrying boys. And the women who rely on a dream or a feeling have a surprisingly good chance of being right.

1 The Big Event

The nine-month long process of shaping and molding that goes on in the womb is far more important than that. It is a crucial process of preparation for the specific world the baby will enter. Will it be safe and protected, or will it face constant dangers and threats?

Scientists are learning that pregnancy is a crucial period in itself, the staging ground for well-being and disease in later life as one researcher puts it. Indeed, pregnancy is now nothing less than a scientific frontier. Obstetrics was once a sleepy medical specialty and the research on pregnancy a scientific backwater. Now the nine months of gestation are the focus of intense interest and excitement, and the subject of an exploding number of articles, books, and conferences. So, the big event is the birth of a child for researchers.

Sources: healthline.com, freshpresso.net, somewhatsimle.com, healthprep.com, mythsofpregnacy.com, webmd.com

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