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Most people have heard pregnancy-related advice , which often focuses on :

what different symptoms mean,
how to tell the sex of the baby, and
what a woman can and cannot do during pregnancy.

The lists of do's and don'ts during the pregnancy seems to grow every day.
Although information, particularly those from healthcare professionals, can be accurate and helpful,
lots of myths circulate about pregnancy.

Here, we look at some popular myths and explain the truth behind them.

1. Myth: It is possible to predict the sex of the baby

People propose many different techniques for predicting the sex of the baby. The position of the baby in your tummy, holding a wedding ring over your abdomen and watching in which direction it turns, or how active the baby is are all ways you may have heard to tell if you are having a boy or a girl, but none of these methods works. In many cases, an ultrasound scan can reveal the sex of your baby. And even that isn’t 100% reliable.

2. Myth: Heartburn means that the baby will have a lot of hair

There is limited evidence to confirm whether this is true. Women who have reported experiencing moderate-to-severe heartburn have had babies with an average or above average amount of hair.The research suggests that this may be due to pregnancy hormones that affect both hair growth and the relaxing of the muscles that separate the esophagus, or food pipe, from the stomach.

3. Myth: A woman should eat for two when pregnant

Actually you are only eating for one and little bit. It is now recognized that excess weight gain in pregnancy contributes to obesity later in life. So if you are over weight or obese, 20 pounds or less is now recommended.
Only an extra of 300 calories a day is recommended by doctors , which can be achieved in three glasses of milk or one piece of whole grain toast with one and half tablespoons of peanut butter.

4. Myth: It’s dangerous to exercise

This is one of the biggest pregnancy myths and misconceptions. Not only is this myth not true, but its actually the opposite:
pregnant women should attempt regular exercise as long as they feel comfortable and have the go-ahead from their doctor. Regular workouts while pregnant can even help with back pain or poor sleep and, once you’re healed from delivery, it’s OK to start exercising again as a new mum.

5. Myth: Morning sickness only occurs in the morning

Despite its name, morning sickness can affect pregnant women throughout the day. Nausea (and/or vomiting) during pregnancy occurs due to changes in your hormones. For most women, it’s more common in the morning and begins to improve after 3 months. Morning sickness typically starts by the fourth week and ends by the 16th week.

6. Myth: You shouldn’t have hot baths

It’s perfectly safe to have a warm bath when pregnant, just not too hot.During pregnancy, hormonal changes might make you feel warmer than normal.



7. Myth: Pregnancy is happy for everyone

If you’re having a difficult pregnancy, know you’re not alone. About 15 percent of women experience depression and anxiety while pregnant or after giving birth. Even if you planned for and want your baby very badly, pregnancy can be an up-and-down experience — it’s okay to ask for help.

8. Myth: Vaginal delivery is not possible after a cesarean delivery

In reality, a woman may be able to have a vaginal birth following a previous cesarean delivery. The decision to give birth via a cesarean or vaginal delivery depends on how the current pregnancy is progressing, the woman's labor, and the risk of any potential complications.

9. Myth: Certain foods and drinks can bring on labor

Most of the natural and alternative medicines that people recommend to induce labor have no basis in scientific knowledge. However, the popular natural methods that people use to try to induce labor vary in terms of safety:

Pineapple: There is no harm in eating pineapple, but it may cause heartburn.

Castor oil: This oil may cause uterine irritation and contractions, but they are often a result of diarrhea rather than labor.

Spicy foods: There is no proof that eating spicy foods will induce labor.
They can cause gastrointestinal upset and heartburn, however.

Many myths surround pregnancy. A woman should talk to a doctor before making any significant dietary, healthcare, or lifestyle changes during pregnancy.