Shake off the old wives’ tales
Taking a bath, hanging up washing and other old folks’ warnings need not scare you.
Being pregnant can be one of the most memorable and best times of your life. But it’s also the period when everyone has some advice to offer you and your unborn baby. Heard any of these old wives’ tales?

Sleeping on your back can hurt the baby

For years pregnant women have been told to place a pillow under one side of the back, because if you sleep on your back the pressure from the baby can cut off your blood flow to extremities and possibly kill you. NOT TRUE.

A pregnant woman can sleep in any position which makes her feel comfortable. However, in the case of a high risk pregnancy then sleeping on the left side is sometimes recommended – ask your doctor.

Eating for two

Many moms-to-be feel that if they don’t eat as much as they can that they’d be neglecting their baby’s nutritional needs. But it’s simply not true as too much weight gain can actually cause the mother-to-be to experience back and leg pain, heartburn, and fatigue. According to, pregnant women only require an average of 150 calories per day for the first trimester and an additional 250-300 calories for each day after that.

Pregnant women shouldn’t take baths

People believe that if you are pregnant that bathing is a big NO NO as germs could enter the va-jay-jay and pass on to the baby. This isn’t true as the baby is protected by the amniotic sac and mucous plug. Baths can actually be good for pregnant mothers as they are so relaxing, but do keep the water warm, not scalding.

Lifting your hands above your head will result in strangling the baby with the umbilical cord

The positioning of your hands has nothing to do with your baby’s positioning in the uterus or the umbilical cord being wrapped around it. However the umbilical cord being wrapped around the baby is quite common and is caused by the early movements your baby makes in the uterus.

You can tell the sex of the baby by the way you carry

This is probably the most famous myth of all. It is said that if are you carrying high with a big, round belly then you are carrying a girl and if you are carrying low with a smaller belly that sticks straight out, it’s a boy. If this was true it would definitely save parents-to-be a lot of time and money when shopping for the baby.

Dangling a ring over your bump on a hair is also supposed to be a predictor of sex. But other than an ultrasound and an amniocentesis there is no way to determine the gender of the baby.

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