Pregnancy is a time of worry for all moms to be. There are so many things to do and remember, what to eat, preparing for the baby, and how to keep healthy are just to name a few. Between the internet, pregnancy books, and magazines there are so many resources out there for pregnant women to refer to when in doubt. However, which advice is truly trustworthy? Through discussion with an OB/GYN and a long research process, I’ve compiled a list from medical experts to reveal the myths of pregnancy and the truths behind them.
You can tangle the umbilical cord around the baby’s neck by raising your arms above your head.
Mothers-to-be should not worry that anything that they do will cause this to happen. About 20-25% of all babies are born with cords around their necks. This is caused by your baby’s activity while inside of the womb. Not all umbilical cords are the same length. A long cord will wrap and tangle more easily if your child is very lively and moves around a lot.
Having sexual intercourse during pregnancy will hurt the baby.
In most cases with a normal, non-high risk, pregnancy, sex is an enjoyable and healthy part of pregnancy. Most women will have an enhanced sex drive due to the boost in hormones and can actually increase orgasms because of the increased blood flow in the pelvic region. However, you should always discuss this with your doctor prior to engaging in sexual activities towards your third trimester to ensure you are not at risk for any problems such as pre-term labor.
When in labor, it’s better to have your vaginal area cut, rather than tear.
Many women assume it is best to have an episiotomy done, this is where the doctor will cut into the vagina to make room for the baby to come out easier without any tear to the area. While yes, the thought of a tearing vagina sounds painful and unpleasant, it is not always the best choice when in labor. Many doctors are actually working to avoid having to resort to an episiotomys. This is because when and if the vaginal area tears, they are often very small and don’t rip into the muscle causing it to heal with much more comfort. When an episiotomy is done, many layers of the vaginal tissue and muscle are cut into. Research has shown that rectal sphincter and rectal lacerations occurred the most when the vaginal area had been cut.
Mixing Draino with a pregnant woman’s urine can determine the baby’s gender.
Do not try this! It has been proven false by many studies done in medical schools and can be extremely dangerous to both you and your baby. Draino has strong chemicals that you should never come in contact with while carrying an unborn child. Currently there are no known tests that can accurately determine the gender of a baby through urine.
Pregnant women should never take baths.
Many women have been informed that by taking a bath while pregnant, you are at risk for germs to pass into the vagina and harm the baby. This is false. Baths are an excellent place for a pregnant woman to relax and help reduce the aches and pains of carrying a child inside of her. Your baby is protected by the amniotic sac and will not be at risk. The only thing women should be cautious about is the water temperature. You should never take a bath that is too hot. Always make sure the bath is at a soothing warm level. Water temperatures above 100 degrees F have been known to cause a pregnant woman’s body heat to rise which can lead to problems for a developing baby.
When in doubt or if you have any medical issues or concerns, be sure to always ask your doctor. Each woman is different, and your medical specialist will know best on how to provide you with accurate and safe answers.