Pregnancy is a time when many old wives tales and myths come to the forefront. While some of these tales may have some truth to them, others are completely false. Here are 11 pregnancy old wives tales that are totally false:
Carrying High or Low Indicates Gender
There is no scientific evidence to support the idea that carrying high or low indicates the gender of the baby.
Heartburn Means a Hairy Baby
Heartburn is a common pregnancy symptom and has no correlation with the amount of hair on a baby’s head. Case in point: my baby had a head full of hair when she came out and I didn’t have heartburn once.
Eating Spicy Food Induces Labor
While spicy food may cause some discomfort or heartburn, it does not induce labor.
Lifting Arms Above Head Causes the Umbilical Cord to Wrap Around Baby’s Neck
This is a myth with no scientific basis. Lifting your arms above your head will not cause the umbilical cord to wrap around the baby’s neck.
Eating for Two
While it is important to eat a healthy and balanced diet during pregnancy, you do not need to eat twice as much as before.
Sleeping on Your Back is Dangerous
While it is recommended to sleep on your side during pregnancy, there is no evidence to suggest that sleeping on your back is dangerous unless it’s in the late stage of pregnancy.
Cocoa Butter Prevents Stretch Marks
While cocoa butter and other lotions may help moisturize the skin, there is no evidence to suggest that they prevent stretch marks.
The Shape of Your Belly Indicates Gender
There is no scientific evidence to support the idea that the shape of your belly indicates the gender of the baby.
Drinking Raspberry Leaf Tea Induces Labor
While raspberry leaf tea may have some health benefits, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that it induces labor.
The Ring Test Predicts Gender
The ring test, where a ring is suspended over the belly, has no scientific basis and cannot predict the gender of the baby.
Morning Sickness Indicates Gender
Morning sickness is a common pregnancy symptom and has no correlation with the gender of the baby.