Now, even as we have been debunking myths surrounding pregnancy, we would like to take the time to focus on some advice that sounds like old wives’ tales, which are, oddly, actually founded on FACT! Read on and be surprised.
1. Don’t take hot baths during pregnancy.
TRUE. This one is strangely one sliver of truth among the myths of pregnancy. When you are pregnant, you should avoid very hot baths, saunas, jacuzzis or anything that raises your body temperature above 102 degrees.
2. Smoking is harmful for your baby.
TRUE. Unfortunately to all those pregnant smokers out there who are reluctant to quit, this one is true. While a drink a week has been generally accepted to be pretty much harmless by the health professionals, it is still a firm “NO” when it comes to smoking. This is because smoking increases your blood pressure and speeds up your heart rate. Moreover, each drag on that cigarette actually makes less oxygen available to the fetus by increasing the amount of carbon monoxide in the bloodstream.
3. Suffering from heartburn during your pregnancy means that your baby is likely to be born with a full head of hair.
TRUE. At Johns Hopkins, scientists have actually discovered that a high percentage of the times, women who reported suffering from heartburn during pregnancy do give birth to hairy babies. The scientists have thus gathered that higher level of the hormones that stimulate hair growth for the fetus also cause gastric reflux.
4. If you eat a lot of greens during your pregnancy, your baby will like vegetables later.
TRUE! Whatever you eat actually “flavor” the amniotic fluid that the fetus starts ingesting in the second trimester. So babies who are exposed to green beans in utero would develop a preference for them later on. Flavors from the mother’s diet are similarly transmitted through the breastmilk and breastfeeding moms who eat green vegetables regularly are more likely to bring up babies who grow to like these similar food types in their diet.
5. It is not a good idea to tell anyone that you’re pregnant until after the first trimester.
TRUE! True but not because you’ll jinx it or any of the superstition behind this advice. Rather, it is generally to wait it out without spreading the news because there is statistically a higher chance for a woman to have a miscarriage during the first three months. But if you feel like you most need a support network in the first trimester, don’t let this piece of caution get in the way. As we have repeated, pregnancy prep is about getting the information and making up your own mind!