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5 pregnancy myths

Maybe you heard them, or maybe not. No matter here are some of the myths and truths about pregnancy.

  1. Myth: The shape of your belly can predict the gender of your baby.
  • The truth: Carrying low? Legend says you’re having a boy. If your belly is higher up, it’s a girl. Actually, stomach muscles stretch with subsequent pregnancies. So, if a woman’s belly is higher up, it probably just means she has strong abdominal muscles or it’s her first pregnancy.
  1. Myth: The heart rate of a fetus can predict the gender.
  • The truth: Listen carefully to that heart rate and you’ll be able to tell the gender of your future baby, right? It’s not true. Normal fetal heart rate for all babies in utero ranges from 120 to 160 beats per minute. You’ll have to wait for the ultrasound or birth to find out the gender.
  1. Myth: Your face shape and fullness during pregnancy can predict the gender.
  • The truth: You may have heard that if a woman has a full face or acne, she’s having a girl. This is false and another old wives’ tale. Your face shape and skin condition during pregnancy are influenced by a number of other factors, like diet and genetics.
  1. Myth: Spice during pregnancy causes blindness in babies.
  • The truth: Eating spicy foods during pregnancy is perfectly safe but may lead to heartburn. Ask your doctor about a pregnancy-safe antacid if you are prone to indigestion while expecting.
  1. Myth: Experiencing heartburn during pregnancy means your baby will be born with hair.
  • The truth: Actually, this one may have some truth. A small study found that women with mild to severe heartburn gave birth to babies with hair. Researchers think there may be a connection between pregnancy hormones relaxing both part of the lower esophagus and being responsible for fetal hair growth. But more research is needed.

Original article : https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/pregnancy-facts#myths