9 Wild Pregnancy Myths: Busted

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You just found out that you are pregnant. Congratulations! You may be wondering what to expect during your pregnancy, and that is not only normal but it is something you need to learn about. You need to learn about what is true and what is not true about pregnancy. Find out some of the most wild and wacky pregnancy myths out there. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

You may have heard many pregnancy myths in the past, and some of them may even concern you. However, it is time to find out about what is true and what is just a myth. Let’s take a look at 9 pregnancy myths that must be busted right now.

 Pregnancy is supposed to last for 9 months

The truth: If you think about it, the most common pregnancies last for 280 days which is 10 months. Can you imagine being 10 months pregnant? You don’t need to because the date goes back to when your last period was, which adds 2 weeks of pregnancy right there. That said before you actually were pregnant the same month you did conceive, those few weeks are always added to your pregnancy. That is why you never hear of anyone being 1 or 2 weeks pregnant.

You are going to end up gaining a lot of weight and you will end up with unsightly stretch marks

The truth: You have to realize that every pregnancy is different and every woman will have a different pregnancy experience. Some women do not gain a lot of weight even if they don’t have morning sickness, and some women will not end up with stretch marks. In fact, you don’t want to gain a lot of weight because that will increase your chances of developing conditions like gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia. It is best to work with a dietician during your pregnancy to ensure that you gain a healthy amount of weight.

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If you have a lot of heartburn then your baby is hairy

The truth: No, that is absolutely not true. Heartburn happens because your sphincters in your esophagus are weak due to all of the hormones and as a result acid pushes up. Additionally, as your baby grows, you will end up with heartburn because of that reason as well. Hair has nothing to do with it.

The heart rate of the baby determines the baby’s gender

The truth: It has been said that a slower heart rate means that it is a boy, and a faster heart rate means it is a girl. But that is not true as the heart rate changes all of the time. It can go from 110 to 160 beats per minute, and it depends on the size of the baby, the time of day that the heart rate is being listened to, and the position. Gender has nothing to do with it at all.

Running during your pregnancy is off limits

The truth: Even though you do need to be careful with the kind of exercise you engage with during the time you are pregnant, you can run, and you can do exercises. In fact, you need to be active in order to help keep the circulation going. If you are concerned about doing any kind of exercise that may be harmful then you should join a prenatal exercise class so you will know exactly what kind of exercises you need to do.

If you have severe morning sickness then you are having a girl

The truth: It is believed that the extra female hormones that are being produced by a female fetus can cause the sickness to get worse. However, even though there may be a grain of truth to this myth, it does not always happen. There are many moms that are pregnant with boys that have terrible sickness throughout their pregnancies, and there are many moms that are pregnant with a girl who don’t experience one moment of nausea. It all depends on the pregnancy, and every woman is different. The common causes of morning sickness are hormones that are surging which happens regardless of the sex of the baby that you are carrying. And, low blood sugar can also be a cause for morning sickness.

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Having sex will hurt the baby’s head

The truth: This is absolutely not true at all. Your baby is protected by the mucus plug that is covering the cervix. That said, your baby will not feel your intimate time with your partner. And, it is safe to have sex during pregnancy unless you do have a weak cervix or the placenta is located in a dangerous position. The only time that sex can cause labor to happen is towards the end when the cervix is already dilating. In fact, this is a common suggestion for moms that are overdue so that labor is triggered.

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Stay away from seafood during your pregnancy

The truth: Seafood is not only safe but it is recommended to eat during pregnancy like salmon, trout, halibut, and shrimp. It has essential fatty acids which will help with your baby’s brain development. However, there is some truth to this. That means it is crucial that you stay away from fish that are high in mercury levels such as King mackerel, shark meat, tuna steaks, and swordfish. If you are unsure of what fish is safe to eat, you can always contact your midwife or doctor.

Myth 8 Stay away from seafood during your pregnancy.

You will not remember anything when you are pregnant

The truth: Even though hormones can cause some forgetfulness which is referred to as ‘pregnancy brain’, you are not going to forget about important stuff so you don’t need to worry about your memory being wiped out. Be sure however to set a reminder in your smartphone for something that needs to be done on a certain day. And, this is a tip that is needed for anyone in general whether or not pregnancy is in the picture.

Now that these 9 myths are busted, you can relax about your pregnancy. Be sure to always contact your midwife or doctor if you have any concerns at anytime during your pregnancy. Good luck!
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Dr. Christine Lee, MD
Dr. Christine Lee, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Christine Lee earned her Ph.D. in Developmental Biology and Master of Science in Biomolecular Organization. Dr. Lee is Lab Director for ConceiveEasy and is board certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director (HCLD).