Myths about Pregnancy

There are many myths concerning pregnancy that are often spread by way of word of mouth, and such misconceptions can sometimes leave expectant mothers confused as to what is best for them and the baby. The following guide deals with some of the most common myths when it comes to pregnancy, to help those who are expecting or considering pregnancy:

Myth: Sleeping on your back can hurt your baby

Fact: Every pregnant mother is cautious in their movement and sleeping patterns when pregnant and often it can be very difficult to find an ideal position to sleep, due to fear that you may in some way harm the baby. It is best advised to sleep on your side because of the blood flow to the baby; however, if you are having a normal pregnancy then sleeping on your back should cause not harm to the baby.

Myth: Your baby’s gender can be determined by the shape of your stomach

Fact: Many couples who desire to know their baby’s gender may find this myth interesting, but rest assure you cannot determine a baby’s gender purely from the way you are carrying. The only way in which you could possibly determine the baby’s sex is by having an ultrasound scan.

Myth: Having sexual intercourse while pregnant can harm your baby

Fact: There may be some justifiable reasons for avoiding sexual intercourse while pregnant; for example, if you were having a high risk pregnancy or other complications. However, under normal circumstances sexual intercourse is not harmful to the baby. Some women even use intercourse as a means to bring about labour if they are past the due date.

Myth: Pregnant women should not exercise

Fact: Light exercises and non-strenuous exercises can benefit a pregnant woman. There are specific exercises to use when pregnant that can be shown to you by your doctor to help keep you healthy and keep your blood circulation flowing well.

Myth: Morning sickness is a good sign

Fact: There is no link between morning sickness and the health of a developing of a foetus, as such. It is merely a symptom of pregnancy that can affect some more than others, but if you are being sick more than you think you should be then it is worthwhile informing your GP or midwife. It is however believed by some that morning sickness helps you to avoid foods that may harm your baby, but there is little evidence to support this claim.

Myth: A caesarean section is not as good as a natural birth

Fact: Having a natural birth does not mean that it is necessarily better for the baby, but due to the possible complications associated with a caesarean section it is the route that is taken if possible. It is the safest option for baby and mother that is of utmost importance. A caesarean will only be necessary if there is a problem with the baby or mother. However, some mothers can choose to have a caesarean but this route is only available when going private.

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