Are misconceptions have thick skin: grandmothers, legends around the pregnancy stories, stories told from generation to generation… Beliefs do not miss! Sometimes irrational, some still persist in the collective unconscious. Tackle all the true from the false and wring the neck to received ideas!
- Myth No. 1: If the mother has heartburn, the baby’s scalp at birth.
For a long time, this belief has been refuted by the medical profession. Heartburn is often associated with pregnancy and can be caused by several factors: reactions psychosomatic, baby that hinders digestion…
Yet, a study was conducted end of 2006 in the United States about 60 moms three quarters suffered from stomach. Born, scientists found that those who complained of pain, for a major part, gave birth to a baby hair! And those who had not felt stomach pain had more small bald. The explanation? According to the researchers, the hormones would still be responsible for this phenomenon once! A high concentration of estrogen and other hormones of pregnancy can cause stomach pains, it’s a proven fact. And these hormones would also act on the hair growth in the womb!
- Myth No. 2: a pregnant woman must not cross your legs.
Or raise your arms, bend… All restrictions on movements and postures are not in themselves prohibited but the findings: in fact, pregnant, it is clear that mobility will be reduced. Between the fatigue, weight gain, heavy legs, physical activity is lower. And the fact of crossing your legs is no problem if this position is right for you. And no, the cord of the baby not will wind not around his neck as an old wacky custom!
- Myth No. 3: the shape of the belly allows you to guess the sex.
A superstition that was hard! At least someone in your life will affirm you that the shape of the belly allows you to guess the sex of the baby… Worn round and high, it’s a girl! Sharp and worn down, it’s a boy! In short, as much as you know right now, this superstition is absolutely unfounded. Because the shape of the stomach depends on many factors, but certainly not the gender of your future child. Your body shape, tone your abdominal muscles, the weight and the position of your baby, your type of pregnancy (twins or not) are all factors that will affect the appearance of your belly.
Basically, if your hips are rather wide, your belly will tend to “point” to the front, and if you’re thin, your belly will develop further “in height”.
The significance of this belief? The belly pointed and rather ‘low’ would indicate the desire for independence of the future boy while on the other hand, a ‘high’ and well rounded belly would represent the little girl well nestled closer to the heart of his mother in a real desire for protection. It’s certainly a nice story but nothing very scientific in all this!
- Myth No. 4: there are more births nights of the full moon.
The moon has many powers, and nights with a full moon, it’s madness in maternity wards! The legend says that this is not a coincidence. Indeed, there is a link between lunar cycle (29 days) and menstrual cycle (28 days on average). But scientifically speaking, there is no evidence establishing a link with the rules, and still less with deliveries!
And yet, many health professionals testify that night of full moon, births are increasing. A study has therefore been in the United States between 1997 and 2001 and on 500 000 births that took place in the State studied over this period, the scientists identified no “peak” corresponding to the moons. Still a mystery!
- Myth No. 5: it should not upset the desires of an expectant mother.
According to Maternity et Chic, do not satisfy all the Moms would cause a birth premature, or make the baby a wayward child, or with patches of birth…
Originally, these uncontrolled cravings are not really explained: they would be the result of hormonal upheavals caused by the pregnancy. Science, studies have shown that the cravings would be caused by the fact that hormones stimulate the smell of pregnant women: this smell would provoke so attracted to unusual foods and disgust for others.
Other findings talk that the Organization of the future mother could itself detect nutritional deficiencies and report him via the famous cravings.
In all cases, satisfy his desires, it’s good for the morale, then do not deprive yourself!
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