Listen to the doctor, not the myths during pregnancy

Pregnancy 22nd June 2017

'More women go into labour during full moon than other nights!' If you are one of those women who believe that the aforementioned statement is a fact, then this write-up is precisely for you. The cycle of the moon does not affect your due date. "These days, expecting parents already live a life full of stress. There is a lot of information available today. However, there always remains a doubt about the authenticity of that information," says Dr. Nitika Sobti, renowned gynaecologist at Max Super speciality Hospital, Shalimar Bagh, New Delhi.

Thus, Virtue baby, in an attempt to help you enjoy this beautiful phase, busts a few apocryphal myths related to pregnancy.

Myth: If a woman is carrying high, in all possibility it is a girl and if she is carrying low it is a boy.

Fact: The shape of a woman's stomach during pregnancy is determined by the woman's muscle size, structure, the position of the foetus, posture, and the amount of fat deposited around her abdomen.

Myth: Heartburn during pregnancy indicates that your baby will be born with lots of hair.

Fact: Research shows that heartburn has nothing to do with how hairy your child is going to be. For women who suffered a lot of heartburn during pregnancy have welcomed bald babies.

Myth: Like mother, like daughter i.e. if your mother has had an easy pregnancy, so will you.

Fact: It is the size and position of your baby, and the nutrition and lifestyle that you have practiced during pregnancy that decide the ease of your delivery. Heredity has no role to play here.

Myth: Sleeping or lying on your back can hurt your baby.

Fact: While experts recommend sleeping on your left side as it increases blood flow to your uterus and placenta, you will not harm your baby if you sleep on your back.

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