It is amazing to think that pregnancy is something that happens all over the world to millions of women at a time, and there are still a lot of clueless people out there. The world has come a long way when it comes to medical advancements, so we know more than we ever have about pregnancy and childbirth.
However, there was a time when these technologies did not exist, and people were often left to guess how things worked on their own. This was how old wives' tales were born. The problem with old wives' tales is that they get passed down through generations from great-grandparent to grandparent to mother and then to pregnant daughter.
There are still many people out there who believe in a lot of myths surrounding pregnancy. Unfortunately, it is also a lot of men who believe these as well, because they are not rocking the bump themselves. We are going to unveil 20 myths surrounding pregnancy.
20 Watch What You Eat – Because Of Allergies
Food allergies are such a big concern for parents out there that they are willing to try anything to make sure their child doesn’t have them. There is a myth out there that if a pregnant woman consumes a lot of foods such as peanuts and milk that her baby will be allergic to them.
According to pregnancybirthbaby.org.au, this is a myth and there is no reason to avoid these foods when pregnant.
19 Too Anxious To See If It Is A Boy
There are so many old wives' tales and myths surrounding the baby’s gender. There are a lot of people out there who believe that baking soda, the baby’s heart rate, and morning sickness can all be indicators if mom is carrying a boy or a girl.
According to pregnancybirthbaby.org.au, these are also all just myths and have no scientific backing to them.
18 Mom Needs To Eat For Two
According to pregnancybirthbaby.org.au, there are also a lot of people who believe that a pregnant woman needs to eat for two. This one, on the surface, seems to make sense. She is growing a human baby and needs to eat enough to sustain them.
Sadly, this is a myth, and while a woman does need to eat slightly more when pregnant, she only needs to eat about 300 more calories a day.
17 Mom-To-Be Needs To Skip The Gym
A dad-to-be will always worry about the mother of his baby and his baby and will likely want mom to take it easy. This may mean that he believes the myth that mom-to-be can not exercise when pregnant.
According to pregnancybirthbaby.org.au, the rule of no exercising when pregnant is a myth. As long as there are no complications, and the doctor says it is OK, there is no reason a woman should stop exercising when pregnant. A good walk or swim is actually beneficial for pregnant women.
16 And Skip The Hair Salon
Having a baby changes lives, and there are certain things that will fall to the back burner. A baby is a mom’s number one priority and once that baby comes, she may find it hard to find time to take care of herself.
That is why she should ignore the myth that moms cannot go to the hair salon when pregnant. According to pregnancybirthbaby.org.au, as long as the salon is well-ventilated, there are no issues in going to the salon when pregnant.
15 “We Have To Get Rid Of The Cat”
For a lot of people, their pets are their first children. They normally have a cat or a dog before a baby comes along, and if it is a cat, there may be some people out there who believe that the cat needs to go when a woman is expecting.
According to pregnancybirthbaby.org.au, this is a complete myth. There is no reason the family cat needs to go. However, someone else will need to take over emptying and cleaning the litter box, as cat urine can cause infections in women.
14 He Thought The Belly Cream Was A Good Gift
It doesn’t need to be said that a woman’s body goes through a lot of changes when she is expecting. Everything grows and stretches, and it is very easy for a woman to lose some of her self-confidence when pregnant.
A good partner may think to run out and buy some of that amazing stretch mark cream to help. Unfortunately, according to pregnancybirthbaby.org.au, there really isn’t an actual cream out there that will help get rid of stretch marks.
13 A Late Night Run For Tums Means No Bald Baby
This is one of the more popular myths that a lot of men, and people, believe. There is a myth out there that if mom-to-be has a lot of heartburn when she is pregnant that her baby will be born with hair.
According to pregnancybirthbaby.org.au, this is just a myth. The amount and intensity of heartburn is no indication of how much hair the baby will be born with.
12 What Men Think They Know About Breastfeeding
It is an amazing world when men think they can know as much about breastfeeding as women do. They should be involved, and they should do their research, however, they need to be careful about where they get their information.
There are a lot of people out there who believe that a woman has to get her body ready for breastfeeding. That she needs to toughen certain areas up. According to pregnancybirthbaby.org.au, this is not true, and the body will do its job on its own.
11 A Girl Will Steal Her Mother’s Beauty
If mom-to-be is having a baby girl then there may be one thing that her husband is worried about. We are sure that most partners love their wives no matter what, but there is a myth out there that if mom is carrying a girl, that the unborn girl will steal her mother’s beauty.
According to Britannica.com, this is a complete myth and has no science-based evidence to back it up.
10 Only Eat Bland Food
This myth is deeply rooted in cultural old wife’s tales, and that is that a mom-to-be needs to avoid eating spicy foods. This myth believes that if a woman eats spicy food while she is carrying a baby that it will burn the baby’s eyes and result in blindness.
According to Britannica.com, this is nothing but a myth and there is no reason to limit the amount of flavour and spice a woman has in her food.
9 Watch Out For Ropes, It Could Mean Problems For Another Cord
This is another one that seems so absurd it would be weird to think that anyone would believe it, but they do. It is also another one that has deep roots in cultural differences.
There are some cultures that believe that women who are expecting need to avoid stepping over ropes because that could cause the umbilical cord to wrap around the baby’s neck. According to Britannica.com, this is not true.
8 Keep Calm During Full Moons, The Baby May Come
Is mom-to-be due during a full moon? If she is then she may want to be careful. There are some out there who believe that the chance of going into labor when there is a full moon is almost guaranteed. Even some medical staff believe this one.
According to Britannica.com, this is just a myth and there is no association between a full moon and your chances of going into labor.
7 Don’t Go To The Zoo And Look At Ugly Animals
This one is actually quite comical, but some people take this quite seriously. There are a lot of people out there who believe that a pregnant woman should avoid the zoo. If they do end up going to the zoo, they should only look at cute animals.
According to Britannica.com, there is a myth that if a mom-to-be looks at an ugly animal, her child will be born looking like that animal. This is just a myth and nothing more.
6 Why He Won’t Open Gifts At The Baby Shower
A baby shower is an event that most moms-to-be look forward too when they are expecting. It is usually a female-only event and there are usually tons of gifts to open and admire. However, there is a myth out there that it would be considered bad luck to open gifts before the baby comes.
According to Britannica.com, the thought is that opening gifts for a baby before the birth can bring misfortune and even loss.
5 He Won’t Rub The Belly, You Don’t Want To Spoil The Baby
This old wives tale comes directly from China, but there are a lot of people all around the world who believe this one. The myth is that if you rub or spend too much time paying attention to your baby bump than the baby will be spoiled.
According to Britannica.com, this is just a myth. Which is good, because I don’t know too many people who can resist a good baby bump.
4 Tired? No Coffee For You!
Pregnancy can be exhausting, especially if you have other children at home. You won’t seem to ever find time to rest before the baby comes. That has a lot of women reaching for coffee, but a lot of people say that coffee is a bad idea.
According to infantandtoddlerforum.org, there is no reason a woman needs to cut out coffee altogether when pregnant. One or two cups a day is just fine.
3 Small Baby Is An Easy Baby
Here is one that we all wish was true, but sadly it is not. According to infantandtoddlerforum.org, there is a myth out there that if the baby is on the smaller side then the delivery would be easier. It would seem to make sense, but it just a myth.
The baby is only half of the childbirth equation, the woman’s body and how it works is the other half.
2 Tired Wife? Give Her Some Hot Sauce
When women get near the end of their pregnancy, they are tired, and they reach a point when they just want the baby out. They want to induce labor any way they can and that means sending out the hubby to get some hot sauce.
According to infantandtoddlerforum.org, this is just a myth and hot sauce, or spicy foods is not a guarantee to start labor. The baby will come when the baby is ready.
1 Fish Is Bad And Should Not Be Eaten!
Women are very concerned when it comes to what they eat when they are pregnant. They don’t want to do (or eat) anything that may bring harm to the baby. That is why they may avoid fish because rumor has it, fish should be avoided during pregnancy.
According to infantandtoddlerforum.org, this is just a myth and while some fish need to be avoided due to mercury content, most fish are healthy and beneficial to eat when pregnant.
References: pregnancybirthbaby.org.au, Britannica.com, According to infantandtoddlerforum.org