3 Surprising Pregnancy Myths - Debunked!
If you’re already a mummy or soon-to-be, you’ve most likely heard tons of dos and don’ts during your pregnancy, from ‘caring’ individuals around you.
While some of these advices might help during your pregnancy journey, some on the other hand are baseless myths or old wives’ tales.
So, to help you distinguish between pregnancy myths or truth, we unveil the truth behind three common pregnancy myths.
Myth #1: Down the soy milk if you would like a fair baby
If avoiding kicap manis (soy sauce) and drinking lots of soy milk during pregnancy gives your baby fairer complexion, will eating lots green beans turn your baby into The Hulk?
Now, that would be worrying if it was scientifically true! Thankfully, it is not.
Your baby’s complexion depends purely on genetics and not from the food that you consume.
So, don’t worry too much about focusing on a specific colour on your plate. As a matter of fact, you should be enjoying a rainbow of colours in every meal as it provides your fetus with much needed nutrients.
Plus, fair or tan, all babies are equally beautiful. The most important thing is for you to cuddle a healthy and happy baby in your arms.
Myth #2: The shape of your baby bump tells your baby’s gender
Ever experienced a random person confidently claiming that you’re expecting a boy just because your baby bump is positioned ‘lower’ or a girl because it’s ‘higher’?
Now, that’s an old wives’ tale. While you might know of people who have predicted it right, we hate to break your bubble but it was simply a lucky guess.
To date, there is no scientific evidence to prove that the shape of your baby bump reveals your baby’s gender. The only difference is the size of your baby whereby on average, boys weigh more at birth than girls.
If you would like to find out the gender of your baby, an ultrasound scan is the only reliable way. You’ll most likely be able to find out during a scan between the 16th to 20th week into your pregnancy journey.
Myth #3: Sex during pregnancy will injure baby
Are you and your partner abstaining from sex because you’re worried that intimacy will injure your baby?
The good news is - no, it is not possible that your husband’s penis will poke and injure your baby’s head. Your baby is comfortably snuggled and protected by an amniotic sac, your rigid cervix and uterus. Hence, proving that this is generally a myth.
So, yes, you can have sex during pregnancy if you’re feeling like it!
As a matter of fact, maintaining intimacy during pregnancy generally helps you and your partner to stay together physically and emotionally throughout this nine-month journey.
Though, there is also a certain degree of truth to this ‘myth’. There may be some circumstances whereby you will need to be careful about having sex during pregnancy such as if you have a history of cervical weakness, placenta praevia (low-lying placenta), or have had heavy bleeding during pregnancy.
It’s best to speak to your gynaecologist to eliminate any concerns. Not to worry, there’s nothing to be shy about as you’re definitely not the first to ask your doctor this question.
Lastly, never assume that all advices you receive are true. Be sure to check with doctor as both mommy and baby’s health are of utmost importance. Your pregnancy journey is uniquely yours. Enjoy it to the fullest as pregnancy can be a wonderful journey!