As a momista-of-four, there were still things that surprised me about each pregnancy and each new babe. There’s just so much to learn as a new mom. Even if you were one of those moms who read What to Expect When You’re Expecting cover to cover three times, chances are that you still fed into a few misconceptions and old wives' tales. So today I’m debunking a few of the biggest myths that new mamas encounter. Check them out and let me know which ones you used to believe . . .
Myth No. 1: You can predict the sex of the baby (without your doctor).
Each time that I was preggers, I had people tell me that if I was carrying low the baby was going to be a boy and that if I was carrying high it was a girl. Well, according to WhatToExpect.com, the height of your bump has nothing to do with the baby’s gender. Dying to find out the baby’s sex? It’s called an ultrasound! Otherwise, just sit tight and enjoy the guessing game. There are so few surprises in life.
Myth No. 2: You can determine the sex of the baby with sexual positions.
Lots of new mamas believe that not only can they predict their baby’s sex, but that they can take certain steps during conception to determine it. Well, I hate to break it to you, ladies, but according to Parents.com, the missionary position is not going to guarantee a girl and doggy style is not going to make your little one a boy. But I can promise you one thing — boy or girl, this little one is still going to be the light of your life.
Keep reading for three more myths and why they're nothing more than myths.
Myth No. 3: Breastfeeding comes naturally.
Nursing is a personal choice. Many first-time mamas are surprised by milk supply issues or the fact that breastfeeding can be painful. While there are many benefits to breastfeeding, just keep in mind that it might not be right for everyone. If you can’t breastfeed, don’t beat yourself up about it. Your bottle-fed babe will still grow up to be healthy and happy.
Myth No. 4: Avoid hair dye, microwaves, and hot baths when you’re pregnant.
When I was preggers with my four babes, I had an endless list of questions like these for my ob-gyn, Dr. Jason Rothbart. Dr. J shared a few of his answers with Momversation.com, and it turns out that hair dye, microwaves, and hot baths are perfectly safe for the mommy-to-be. If you’re extra cautious, just avoid dying your hair during the first trimester, don’t stand directly in front of the microwave (which is good practice anyway), and skip out on hot tubs (not baths) while you’re preggers.
Myth No. 5: If you have heartburn, your baby will have a lot of hair.
This one’s on the sillier side, but I thought it would be fun to share. According to NewParent.com, this new mommy myth has no medical basis. Almost every mommy-to-be has heartburn, and babies are born with varying degrees of hair. I could’ve debunked this one from personal experience!
Do you have any other mommy myths you’d like me to look into?
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