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Pregnancy myths and its truth

Dr. Shalini Kapoor Kad
April 24, 2011

A homoeopathic paediatrician, a counselling expert and a freelance writer are a few words to describe my profession. My sole aim is to put forth practical piece of information that guides every one right in the direction, blending the medicos to a layman with a simple gesture to make the medical things a little less convoluted and comprehendible.


Pregnancy and myths related to it is common thing. Every tradition or a country has different myths which are passed on to the latter generation from the elderly people. One of the most classic myths about pregnancy is that if the pregnant woman appears carrying high, a girl child will be born while if she is carrying low then the baby boy will be born. Although there is no scientific evidence to prove it people believe this myth.  Some of the most popular pregnancy myths are listed below. Check out whether you too believe in one or two of them.

Myth 1

If a woman has completed the term almost, then she is most probable to go into labor during the phase of full moon. But this has no scientific grounds.

Myth 2

Spicy food is supposed to be the cause of aggravating labor pain. But this does not have any scientific logic.

Myth 3

Sex brings labor quickly. But until now no evidence has been found proving the truth about this myth.

Myth 4

Pregnancy is known to cause stretch marks in woman after delivery. But there are woman who do not get stretch marks at all. So this is not true.

Myth 5

One of the most traditional myths hailing from the grannies and the old nannies is that salty food cravings means the pregnant woman will deliver a boy whereas, if the pregnant woman craves for sugar she will give birth to a girl. This indeed is a very far fetched assumption as every woman craves for different things during pregnancy and the type of craving has no relation with the sex of the baby.

Myth 6

Earlier the old women used to hold a string with a ring put into it and hold it over the pregnant belly. The movement of the string was supposed to denote the gender of the baby. Back and forth movement indicated that it was a baby boy while if the string moved in circle, the baby was assumed to be a girl. The simple fact is that the string will move according to the drift of the wind. It does not have any connection with the gender of the baby. But even then you can try it out just for fun. 

Myth 7

One wonders what connection the swelling of nose and baby’s gender can have? But this is also a type of pregnancy myth. If your nose gets swollen during pregnancy then you will give birth to a baby girl or otherwise. More often than not, swelling is due to expansion of mucous membrane.

Myth 8

Morning sickness is usually equated to the birth of male boy. More than half women go through morning sickness problems and it is a regular pregnancy syndrome. Science believes that a hormone called as relaxin in mother is the reason for causing nausea.

So, here are the few pregnancy myths which have been making rounds since generations together. But none of them have been found to be true.    



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