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Five Myths About Pregnancy and Child Birth Cleared Up

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Experiences in pregnancy and child birth differs for most women. What one woman feels or goes through during and after pregnancy is not what another may, even though there are general similarities for all women in some aspects. There are some myths that have formed and confuse people as truths, mostly because of how logical they may sound. Here are five myths that are quite common and the medically proven truth about them. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

You can tell the baby's gender without an Ultra Sound Scan

This is false. Truth is, whatever myths you have heard about how to tell the gender of your baby are thriving off a number of lucky guesses. Only an ultra sound can show the baby in the tummy and determine that, and that in its glory gives the wrong prediction sometimes. An ultra scan is the most dependent way to tell the sex of a baby.

Eating certain foods while pregnant can make the baby(ies) allergic to such foods

This myth as well is false as, there is no food you eat that imprints on what a child's allergic reaction to that food would be. There are indeed foods pregnant women should stay away from as advised by doctors, like raw meat or fish, pineapples etc. Excluding those and any other your personal doctor advises against, eating a healthy is what matters.

You can prevent stretch marks due to pregnancy from appearing on your tummy.

Carrying a baby inevitably increases the size of the belly and causes the skin around the area to stretch. Stretch marks are borne from that, so applying creams or whatever treatment to prevent them, would not work. Stretch marks can leave the skin, but preventing them during pregnancy is the anomaly.

Pregnant women are supposed to "Eat for Two"

As believable as that sounds, it is untrue, a pregnant woman does not have to eat more portions of food than she used to. The baby feeds on molecules of flavour that pass through the blood and into the placenta, when a pregnant woman eats. Doubling your portion of food or the number of meals is not necessary while pregnant. If the food you eat is healthy balanced diet or nutritious and regular, the baby would get its fair share.

The morning time is when Morning sickness happens

As the name implies, many follow a belief that morning sickness where a woman is fatigued and vomits, happens in the morning or early in the day. It is false and can happen at anytime, as it is depends on the hormones and varies in person to person, while some do not even experience it at all. Even more, body does not know what time of the day it is, hence there is no specific time of the day the body can pick to react.


There are many more myths surrounding pregnancy and childbirth but these are some of the most common ones. Hopefully they are useful for any new mothers reading or expectant fathers.

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