QUIZ: Can You Tell The Difference Between Pregnancy Fact and Fiction?
From the day you announce you are pregnant, people come out of the woodwork to offer their tips and tricks for pregnancy. Unfortunately, not all of this advice is true (or even helpful). Take our pregnancy fact or fiction quiz and see if you know an old wives tale when you see one.
Don’t forget to share your results to see how your friends score – Yay for bragging rights!
Can You Tell The Difference Between Pregnancy Facts & Myths? Take the Quiz!
Heartburn for mom means lots of hair for baby.
Carrying high means you're having a girl.
While there is absolutely no truth to the carrying high or low wives' tale, says Jonathan Schaffir, M.D., an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Ohio State University, the myth persists because "you have a 50-50 chance of being right." The only thing carrying high means is that it is probably your first pregnancy. The girdle-like muscles that hold the uterus against the spine and keep the baby high above the pelvis become more elastic with each pregnancy, so the belly may hang lower each time (you may start showing earlier, too).
Walking will induce labor.
Sorry, gravity isn't that strong. "It won't hurt anything," says Susan Skinner, C.N.M., a nurse midwife at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. "In one study, women reported that walking made them feel more comfortable, but it doesn't induce labor."
Eating or drinking ginger can help morning sickness.
Research from the 1980s found that 75 percent of pregnant women who took a teaspoon of fresh ginger for morning sickness found it helpful. If you want ginger tea, make sure to consult your doctor about the brand - some can contain other herbs that may be harmful to the fetus.
If you eat vegetables while pregnant, your baby is more likely to eat them too after birth.
The things you eat will add flavor the amniotic fluid that the fetus starts swallowing in the second trimester. Science has shown that babies who are exposed to vegetables in utero are more likely to develop a preference for them when they begin eating solids and as they grow into adults.
An epidural during labor can make your child groggy and resist breastfeeding.
A British study published in a 2010 issue of Anaesthesia debunks this myth. scientists compared the breastfeeding success rates of 1,054 women, 351 of whom delivered without an epidural. The results? No significant difference in breastfeeding success. "Epidurals are very safe and can turn a difficult labor experience into a very rewarding one," says study co-author Andrew Shennan, M.D., professor of obstetrics at King's College London. "Under these circumstances, the establishment of breastfeeding could be much easier after an epidural." - source: fitpregnancy.com
Your weight can affect how easily you get pregnant.
Both being overweight and underweight can affect ovulation. Irregular ovulation and menstrual cycles can make it more difficult to get pregnant. It could cause fewer cycles or cycles with more time between ovulation.
You need to eat enough calories for two.
You will definitely have an increased appetite (once the morning sickness is gone), but when it comes to nutrition most women need only about 300 extra calories a day.
"Baby Brain" : pregnancy can make you foggy, forgetful, and scatterbrained.
Some studies have shown that pregnancy impairs a woman's memory during pregnancy and shortly afterward, possibly due to hormonal changes, sleep deprivation or the stress of coping with a major life change. At least one study has suggested that short-term memory problems during pregnancy might be linked with depressed mood. - Mayo Clinic
Pregnancy gives you a super sense of smell.
During a pregnancy, smells that used to go totally undetected or scents that you always enjoyed might start to really offend your nose.
Estrogen is responsible, and studies have shown that heightened levels can even affect the olfactory senses of non-pregnant women. Scientists aren’t really sure how or why high levels of estrogen result in the increased sense of smell in pregnant women, but it’s clear that it's true.