It is important for a pregnant woman to understand some common myths about pregnancy for the safety of both herself and her child. The following are five myths about pregnancy:
1. One of the most common pregnancy myths is associated with determining the gender of the baby. Many people think that fetal heartbeat and heart tones are great gender indicators and determinants. According to this pregnancy myth, if the heart beat of the fetus is faster, it is a girl, and if it is slower, it is a boy. The truth about this pregnancy myth is that there are only two ways of confirming the baby’s gender; ultrasound and amniocentesis tests.
2. Another pregnancy myth revolves around the posture of the mother and her sleeping position. According to this myth, mothers should not sleep on their backs, because it reduces the circulation of blood and affects the fetus. The truth about this pregnancy myth is that in cases like maternal kidney malfunction, severe water retention, or high risk and hypertension that may result in fetal compromise, mothers are advised to rest on their left side. Normally, the body tends to align itself in the most comfortable position. So, mothers switch to their sides automatically while sleeping.
3. One of the biggest pregnancy myths is that the mother can tangle the umbilical cord by raising her arms above her head. The truth is that only long umbilical cords (longer than 100 cm) get entangled easily, but only due to excessive fetal movement. Mothers are not responsible for umbilical cord entanglements around the neck or the legs of the baby.
4. Another popular pregnancy myth is that having sex during pregnancy may be harmful to the baby. The truth is that the chances of the baby getting hurt due to having sex during pregnancy are negligible. Sexual activity during pregnancy is also good for the mother to be.
5. Another pregnancy myth forbids women from exercising during pregnancy. The truth about this pregnancy myth is that hormones released during pregnancy cause the muscles and ligaments to become a lot more flexible. While yoga, muscle stretching, and walking can be very helpful during this period, a regular workout that involves weight training and a rigorous cardio routine is certainly not advisable.
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