Morning sickness means my baby is not getting enough nutrition.
Don’t believe it. Morning sickness is one of the most common symptoms of pregnancy. It arises due to hormonal changes in your body and it won’t stop your baby from getting the nutrients it needs. Unless you notice warning signs, such as dehydration or severe weight loss there is no need to panic. Follow your doctor’s advice and take any supplements as advised.
The slightest touch over my tummy can harm my baby.
Your baby is well protected in your uterus and is cushioned from minor bumps and stumbles by the amniotic fluid it floats in. Your abdominal layers also protect it from any minor accidents. However, if you experience cramps or vaginal bleeding or are concerned in any way, contact your doctor immediately.
Carrying heavy things will induce labour.
This is partly true. Picking up a heavy load can aggravate backache and can cause hip strain. However, if it doesn’t strain you and if you do it in the right way, it is fine to lift some weight. For instance, carrying grocery bags and young kids is perfectly fine if you are careful. Bend your knees, carry loads close to your body and always divide weight equally between two arms.
Exercising will harm my baby.
This isn’t always true. Being fit helps your stamina and prepares you for the strenuous process of childbirth. Like anyone who exercises, you will need to be cautious of tiring yourself out too much; overheating; becoming too breathless; staying hydrated. Consult your doctor before beginning a new exercise program and use trainers with experience and qualification in exercise for pregnancy.
Flying is not really safe for pregnant women.
This is a matter of timing. It is perfectly safe to fly once in a while if your delivery date is more than six weeks away. Pregnant women with complications may be advised not to fly. It is best to consult your doctor about this. If your flight is a long one, ensure you move around a bit and stretch your legs. There are a number of exercises you can do while seated which will help blood circulation.
Mobile phones are harmful.
Studies into mobile phones have found no conclusive evidence that they are damaging to the health in the long or short term however research on their safety is still ongoing. Mobile phones let out low levels of radio waves (non-iodising radiation) that are unlikely to harm your unborn baby. For more information on mobile safety you can check the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association.
Babies that don’t seem to move much aren’t developing at the same rate.
Not really. Your baby will move at its own pace. If you are extremely worried about your baby’s movements, try to keep an eye on them. If you don’t feel your baby moving as they usually would then it is advisable to discuss any concerns with your doctor.
I shouldn’t dye my hair when I am pregnant.
True. It’s best to avoid chemicals like hair dye as these may be absorbed from your scalp into your bloodstream however the main concern is that breathing fumes during the process of colouring may be harmful to the baby. Permanent hair dyes that contain ammonia are advised to be avoided as this has a strong chemical fume. Semi-permanent dyes or highlights may be considered safer. If you have any concerns it is best to speak to your doctor.
I’m carrying low. Does that mean my baby is a boy or a girl?
Although many people think the way you carry a baby indicates its sex, this isn’t true. Some women – like those with short torsos – just naturally carry high or wide, while their taller sisters, who often carry low, hardly look pregnant at all. If you’re eager to discover the sex of your baby, talk with your doctor about having an ultrasound, which is a scientific method of determination.
Pregnancy acne means a girl.
Pregnancy acne has nothing to do with gender; it may just be a result of natural hormonal changes.
A slow foetal heart rate means my baby is a boy; fast means a girl.
No studies have conclusively proved that heart rate is a predictor for a baby’s gender. Your baby’s heart rate will probably differ from one prenatal visit to another anyway, depending upon the age of the foetus and the activity level during the visit. It’s yet another fun one to ponder over.
Pregnant women shouldn’t change cat litter.
This is true. A virus called toxoplasmosis is carried in cat faeces. This virus can be very harmful for pregnancy. Due to this, avoid contact with cats and have someone else clean the cat litter.
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