Myths; a lot of things we know are based on myths. Such as don't wake a sleepwalker, or you could kill them. This is obviously not true, but the myth still persists today. They are everywhere, and every country has their own set of popular myths. A myth could be about anything too, such as we only use 10% of our brain. Probably only true for whomever created that myth.
Funny enough, when it comes to pregnancy myths, there are a lot. Many would think with all the medical and technological advances most of these myths would have petered off and died out long ago. Nope, these suckers still get passed around like candy at Halloween, even today. Some myths are steeped in superstition, while other's are just hopeful for a specific outcome in their pregnancy.
I'm sure most people have heard some pregnancy myths, such heartburn means the baby will have a full head of hair. As much as we understand now, it's literally the tip of the iceberg when it comes to pregnancy and the beginning of life. The reason being that it's hard to study, since anything that might help doctors and researchers understand pregnancy more would put mom and baby at risk.
Well what are some of those crazy myths I've been talking about? I have 12 really bizarre myths waiting for to be read. Keep scrolling!
12 Do A Handstand
Well, more of a headstand. The myth here is that if you want to get pregnant you should stand on your head after sex. Sure, why not. I don't know about you but I can't do that on the best of days, least of all after having a roll in the hay.
The only way to help you get pregnant after sex, besides timing your fertility window, is to lay down for about 20 minutes after doing the deed.
Don't give yourself more of a headache, avoid this myth and I am sure you will be much happier. You won't feel as silly either.
11 Avoid Getting Sick
This one may be practically impossible for some women. Depending on where you work, or if you have school aged children, you might not be able to avoid catching the occasional cold. According to the myth, it you catch a cold you will give it to your growing baby. Sure, only if the baby is no longer inside you, that is.
Not a whole lot of infections can get to your little baby on board, especially not colds or the flu. Though it is a good idea to inform your doctor should you get an especially nasty cold, flu, or even UTI during pregnancy. You want to make sure you are going about getting well properly and with a laundry list of medicines you can no longer take, it's a good idea to ask your doctor what the best course of action is.
10 Don't Raise Your Hand(s)
I don't know about you, but after a nice night's sleep (does that even really happen...) I like to stretch when I wake up. Usually it's the classic raise your arms above your head and give a good moan or grunt as you streeeeetch waaay up there. Oh, but wait, this myth says I shouldn't do that. It states that raising my arms above my head will cause the cord to wrap around baby's neck and strangle them. Wait...what?
How is it that even possible? Note to all you worry warts out there, you can't do much to hurt baby just by doing normal everyday activities. Walking, stretching, light yoga or exercise, none of it will hurt the baby. Just don't overdo it or you'll be the one hurting.
9 Avoid The Zoo
This myth is an old one, and the premise behind it is that if you look at exotic animals like monkeys or parrots your developing child will take on that animal's physical traits. Apparently someone had no idea how genetics work. As long as you and your partner didn't look like something from the zoo when either one of you were a baby then your little one should look fine.
Fear not! Going to the zoo is 100% safe, as long as you're not trying to get into the animal's inclosure. So, if friends or family ask you to join them for a day at the zoo, there's no reason why you should say no, unless you really don't want to go.
8 Pretty Much Don't Have Fun
That's right, don't have fun. Don't do anything that might excite you, such as watching sports (don't even think of playing them, you are a frail woman after all), and reading exciting stories or looking at exciting pictures. Granted all this information was from the early 1900's, it's still a load of hogwash.
The reasoning behind the idea for pregnant women to not get excited is unclear. Perhaps they thought it would cause us to go into early labor. I'm pretty sure their other pieces of advice during that time were far riskier to mom and baby than a little excitement. Like their advice for women to smoke during pregnancy to help calm them.
7 No Eclipse For You!
No, I am not talking about the car. Though personally why would you want one? Anywho, I mean solar and lunar eclipse's. According to legend, doing so during pregnancy will cause your baby to be born with a cleft palate. Again, people, things you look at will not harm your unborn child. Believing ridiculous myths however is another story.
If anyone's health will be affected by looking at an eclipse, it's yours. During a solar eclipse, if you look at one with your naked eye it can cause damage to your retina. The damage is painless, which means people don't realize that they're hurting their eyes while they look at a solar eclipse. The damage causes sun spots, which are hardened pieces of retinal tisue floating around and causing black spots in vision.
6 Drano Gender Prediction?
OK, let's start by saying that you probably shouldn't be handling toxic chemicals while pregnant. Also there is no proof that peeing into Drano, or any other drain unclogging solution will tell you what the gender of your child will be. In the end it will just be a waste of money and potentially hazardous to the health of you and your baby.
If you really cannot wait until your 20 week ultrasound to find out what you might be having, they make gender test kits you can purchase in most drug stores. Of course, these testing kits are not as accurate as the ultrasound, end even then, some parents still get a surprise on D-Day.
5 No Swimming
Noticing a pattern here? There is a lot of no-no's when it comes to pregnancy, even if a good lot of them are totally fake. This myth says that if you go swimming you will drown your baby. I would also assume that based on that logic, baths would also be off limits.
Good news everyone, your baby can't drown from you going swimming or taking a relaxing bath. Why not? One, your baby is encased in the amniotic sac inside your uterus, which is filled with amniotic fluid. This sac protects baby from outside germs and keeps baby safe, during her time inside you she will get her oxygen from the umbilical cord. Meaning no water can get to her and drown her.
There is also the mucus plug keeping foreign contaminants from entering the uterus. Second, baby doesn't start breathing air until she is born. Come a certain time during your pregnancy baby will start taking "practice" breaths and as a result will inhale amniotic fluid. Don't worry though, it won't hurt her and it all gets expelled on her descent into the world.
4 Eat This For A Well Endowed Son
I can tell you, this one is really strange. Apparently it used to be the concern that our sons would not be well enough endowed if we did not eat certain foods during pregnancy. Not going to lie, I don't particularly think that would be a concern for me. If I had a son I would be happy just knowing he had all the correct parts a boy should have and that he was healthy.
There is no specific food you can eat that will help you bear a son, let alone help him with the genetics he is given via you and your partner. Also there is no specific craving depending on gender, wanting salty foods do not mean it's a boy, and eating more sweets doesn't mean it's a girl. I have had cravings for both during both my pregnancies and I have two girls.
3 Free Air Travel
This myth would be pretty awesome if it were true, it states that if you give birth on a plane mid-flight that your child will receive free airfare for life. Pretty sweet deal, except it's totally not true. Boo! Where's mama's free trip to the Caribbean? Don't pretend, you would totally try and use that privilege to your advantage. I mean, after all you did carry him for nine long months and then gave birth on a plane. How uncomfortable, mama totally deserves a vacation.
2 Beer Makes Milk?
Do you ever worry about making sure your milk comes in, or providing enough milk for baby? Well worry no more, because this clearly sound and logical solution has you covered. Just drink beer! That's right, beer, the darker the better. The science behind this? Probably none!
OK, so let's level with each other. Yes, it's been a long time since you've had a drink. I feel your pain, but the evidence still weighs against drinking at all during pregnancy. Though many people say you can have a glass of wine every once in a while, would you want to take the risk?
Also if you drink after baby is born and you are planning to breastfeed please know that baby can still get alcohol from breast milk. So if you drink, remember that it will take time to get the alcohol out of your system.
1 Chocolate Makes Milk Rich
We all would love a good excuse to eat chocolate. I know I would, unfortunately like most excuses for eating chocolate this one is just that. An excuse. While it is true that there are certain foods you can eat to enhance your breast milk for your little one, chocolate isn't on the list. Eating a healthy and balanced diet will give your breast milk the proper nutrients your little one will require.
Part of a balanced and healthy diet might include chocolate though as a few new studies out there have shown that a, moderate, daily consumption of chocolate can help decrease your waistline. So it may not help your milk out but it may help shed those pregnancy pounds. Again though, I stress that they mean in moderation. It won't help if you go out and eat all the chocolate bars you can get your hands on. Not judging though if that's what you want to do.
I guess the biggest lesson here is that if you have any concerns, or fears and you aren't sure if they are based on myth or truth, then you should check with your doctor. They will always be able to clear things up for you and get you on the right path to a healthy pregnancy and birth experience. Will it always be the most fun you ever had? Probably not no, not even most of the time. I can say, however, that it will be a treasured experience. Especially when you finally hold that tiny bundle in your arms.