HealthONE April 12, 2016

Pregnancy Myths

Despite being a quintessential part of the human experience, the miracle of childbearing is still full of mystery. There are so many inaccuracies that people pass off as fact due to superstition or family tradition. Inevitably, you have probably already heard some of these during your pregnancy like ‘if X happens, you will know if it’s a boy or a girl.’ The childbirth experts at our hospitals in Denver have heard it all, which is why we are here to answer any of your questions about pregnancy and your upcoming delivery.

Here are some of the worst pregnancy myths and why they are inaccurate.

You will experience the pregnancy glow

Despite what pop culture may tell you, the reality is that pregnancy is a difficult, and at times, unpleasant time in a woman’s life. Researchers believe almost 20 percent of women experience depression during their pregnancy and after their pregnancy. If you aren’t recovering from your baby blues or don’t feel like yourself, talk to your healthcare provider.

Listening to Mozart will make my baby a genius

Sorry to burst this particular bubble, but there are a ton of factors that affect a baby’s development that go beyond a few concertos. Your encouraging words and nutrient-rich meals are far more important to your baby’s development than classical music. You may feel silly doing it, but talking to your baby before he/she is born may help your baby feel safe around you. Those are the most important things you can do for your baby on a daily basis.

Old wives’ tales are always wrong

False. Folklore is almost always based on truths, even if the reasoning behind them is misguided. Don’t believe us? Here are three examples that are backed by scientific studies. Women who eat more are more likely to have boys. Pregnant women who suffer from severe morning sickness are more likely to have girls. If you have a vivid dream about your baby’s gender, chances are you are right. Like we said, childbirth is a miracle. Don’t worry though, not all wives’ tales are true: drinking cod oil will not bring on labor.

Morning sickness occurs during the morning

This is most likely to be true, but some women experience morning sickness and nausea throughout the day. Another common misconception about morning sickness is that it always ends after the first trimester. Morning sickness can last all the way to childbirth for some.

If I have really bad morning sickness, I am going to have a girl

There is actually some truth to this one. Mothers who are pregnant with girls typically have higher levels of the hormone hCG, which can increase the severity of morning sickness. Having said that, women carrying boys can have bad morning sickness as well, so don’t start investing in pink paint just yet!

You can’t have a cat if you are pregnant

While it is true pregnant women shouldn’t scoop the cat’s box while they are pregnant due to toxoplasmosis in cat feces, petting or having a cat around you isn’t harmful to your baby. To avoid potential complications, have your partner handle the cat’s box while you are pregnant. It’s really the least they can do.