Some Myths About Pregnancy (Part 2)
- 9 Months ago
Myth 7. Pregnant women shouldn't eat fish.
Although women are told not to eat fish due to mercury levels and fears of food poisoning, (a) women can choose fresh fish with low mercury levels and (b) fish oil has many benefits to the baby. Get fresh fish and smell it. A woman's sense of smell is heightened during pregnancy for a reason - the pregnant woman's body is helping her determine what is healthy for her baby.
Moreover, fish oil contains helpful Omega 3 fats, which actually enhance the development of the baby's brain, improve the baby's IQ, make the baby a better sleeper after birth, prevent premature contractions and premature labor and prevent high blood pressure during pregnancy.
Myth 8. Men cannot REALLY be a part of the pregnancy.
Making your life partner into your pregnancy partner can make a big difference in how much you enjoy your pregnancy. Pregnancy can be the most wonderful opportunity to bring a couple together as a solid team. When men are given the means to assist, pregnancy can make the relationship between that man and his pregnant partner exceptionally strong - strength a couple will need when baby arrives!
Myth 9. You shouldn't hold your hands above your head or the baby will become wrapped up in the cord and die.
Truth: This is not true. The incidence of the baby's cord being around the neck, called a nuchal cord, is about one third of all births. It has to do with the twists and turns your little gymnast makes rather than whether or not you've held your hands up over head.
Myth 10. Baby's Heart Rate Determines the Gender
This has actually been a pretty popular theory in gender prediction for a long time. The heart rate of your baby fluctuates as they grow and as they move. Heart rates start out slower, and then by 8-10 weeks run in the range of 170-200 BPM (beats per minute). As your approach mid-pregnancy the average heart rates run between 120 - 160 BPM. If your baby moves, his or her heart rate goes up, just as your heart rate does with movement. However, none of these is related to the gender of your baby.
Myth 11. Sex in pregnancy will hurt the baby.
Fact: Sex in pregnancy is not only safe, but wonderful for most couples. The baby is well cushioned in the amniotic sac and can't see anything. Many women find that pregnant sex is very wonderful due to some of the physical changes in their bodies that make orgasms happen more easily or often. Guys tend to enjoy the lack of thinking about birth control. Sure, there are some changes to be expected in your sex life, including fluctuations in your libido, but that's personal choice not obstetrical command. Just ask your doctor if you have any risk factors that would preclude sex in pregnancy.
Myth 12. Prenatal vitamins are a cure all.
There is no doubt about it - prenatal vitamins are great as supplements. The real issue at stake is that we believe that we can have poor nutrition fixed by popping a pill. Even when that pill is a great prenatal vitamin, it's not going to do anything but boost your nutrition. Remember, the better your natural nutrition, the more you will get out of your prenatal vitamin.