6 Pregnancy Myths Revealed

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You are pregnant. Normally, this means that you are undeniably privy to hearing all the old wives tales, myths, and secrets to pregnancy that range from revealing the sex of your baby to how much hair your baby will have upon delivery. 

Does Carrying Low Mean I am Carrying a Boy? Older women will rub your belly and say, “Wow, you’re carrying low, so you must be a having a boy.” Or vice versa. The truth is that every woman carries her baby differently and will carry one baby differently than she does a second or third. The way your tummy looks has more to do with how the baby is positioned in your uterus than the sex of the baby. It is also based on your height, weight, and how far along you are, as well as some predetermined genetics.

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Which pregnancy myths  are true, and which are not?

 In fact, there are plenty of myths specific to gender. The raw truth is that just because the needles hung over your belly at your shower seemed to sway in one direction or another doesn’t necessarily mean you will have a boy or a girl. Most of the people who believe in that sort of stuff only do because it worked for them. Yet, I have had four children and it wasn’t right in any case. If you want to know the sex, ask the ultrasound tech to tell you. (Although, it’s more fun to guess.)

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Fast Heartbeat Means a Female. Wrong again! Most fetuses start out with extremely high heart rates that seem to settle around the 150 mark prior to delivery. This myth has been born out of the fact that woman have higher heart rates than men. However, when it comes to your baby in utero – this isn’t a good predictor.

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Will Raising My Arms Cause My Babies Cord to Become Entangled and Lead To Miscarriage? Okay, my mother-in-law was constantly after me when I was pregnant about raising my arms. If she saw me putting away a dish on the top shelf she would gasp and say, “Honey – don’t raise your arms above your head – it will tangle the umbilical cord!” Since the thought scared me to death, I asked my doctor and here’s the real scoop: Umbilical cords tangle because of fetal movement – NOT maternal movement. It is also more common for babies with really long cords to be born with it around their legs, arms, torso, etc. There is nothing that you can do about it. Luckily, doctors can monitor you for this through ultrasound and fetal wellness tests. So while you shouldn’t be lifting heavy objects above your head or over exerting yourself, raising your arms to stretch or do some prenatal yoga isn’t going to threaten your pregnancy.

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6 Pregnancy Myths Revealed

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  1. Profile photo of SimplyAZ SimplyAZ says:

    Carrying low is true

  2. Profile photo of Brittney Brittney says:

    One lady came up to me when I was pregnant and said looks like you’re carrying low, must be having a boy and she was right. But the heartbeat one everyone always asked what the BPM were and they were like oh still high gunna be a girl, but once I was around four months along it reduced in BPM and everyone was like oh it’s a boy. I didn’t get my hopes up with anyone telling me anything, I waited for the ultrasound.

  3. Profile photo of Tyeska Tyeska says:

    The heartburn study was cool. I can say that with my first 2 they both had a head full of hair. We"ll see with this next one.

  4. the heart burn one and the position of the belly worked for me and were correct..all 6 times

  5. Profile photo of CiaraAshlee CiaraAshlee says:

    i heARd the boy girl one

  6. Profile photo of maretondo maretondo says:

    always listen to your doctor they are the ones who know everything

  7. Profile photo of Shanna Shanna says:

    I was told not to cross my legs that would snap the baby’s neck. Don’t stand in any chairs the umbilical cord will wrap around the baby. When your stomach is round that means you’re carrying a girl. And so on.

  8. Profile photo of Brittney Brittney says:

    I haven’t heard of #3 or #6…. Those are wierd lol. Is acid reflex or wtv you call it the same as heartburn? Because if so I’m gonna have a baby with a head full of hair lol

  9. Profile photo of marichinno marichinno says:

    With my 1st two pregnancies I had major heartburn and my kids came out having lots of hair. This third time around we will have to wait and see, so far no heartburn yet but i’m only 14 weeks.

  10. Profile photo of sukismom sukismom says:

    Agh! I had to have a c section because my baby was so tangled up in her umbilical cord. The ultrasound tech did not catch it, looking back I can now definitely tell the she was but what are they really going to do about it anyways?

  11. Profile photo of melissa melissa says:

    i have never heard #6

  12. I have never heard of number 6 but I have heard all the rest, I choose to just go with the flow and only listed to my doc!

  13. Profile photo of dschlitter dschlitter says:

    I have never heard of a couple these. I wonder how these myths get started?

  14. Profile photo of Viviana Viviana says:

    lol me either…

  15. I have never heard of #3

  16. Profile photo of lisa_iowa lisa_iowa says:

    I have heartburn with every pg and I have B.A.L.D. babies! LOL. The only one of these that I come close to having a reliable track record for is the heartrate one. My boys were lower rates than my girls.

  17. Profile photo of Trincess26 Trincess26 says:

    I had heartburn with my first child and he didn’t really have a full hear of hair, so it definitely depends on the person with that as well as all of these myths.

  18. Profile photo of Sasoo Sasoo says:

    Some of these are ridiculous!

  19. Profile photo of MLS MLS says:

    I had a lot of heartburn in my pregnancy and not a lot of hair on my lil ones head.

  20. Profile photo of Sasha Sasha says:

    i’ve only had heartburn once in my pregnancy but can see a head full of hair in my 3d sonograms.

  21. Profile photo of Melissa Melissa says:

    Even though i think this page is correct i am glad about the "not raising your arms above your head" because it got me out of having to hang clothes out on the line outside with my mother-in-law.

  22. Profile photo of MommaCC25 MommaCC25 says:

    I am carrying low and i am having a girl. everyone is always saying your carrying low are you sure its a girl. so im glad i can show them proof now.

  23. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    I never heard of one baby one tooth. but with my first child 4 years ago my enamal on my teeth stopped forming, it seemed like it started forming again months after she was born, but stopped again with another pregnancy, started then stopped agin with this pregnancy….

  24. Profile photo of brandy brandy says:

    my mom tries to tell me these things really happen all the time so i nolonger have to listen to her i can show her this page

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