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Pregnancy Myths
 
  Pregnancy Myths Q. I heard that when I cough, the baby loses oxygen. Is this true? A. No. Q. I heard that if I raise my hands over my head, the umbilical cord will wrap around my baby's neck. Will it? A. No. The cord wraps around the neck of the fetus because of the somersaults it does in the first and second trimesters. Q. Does taking castor oil start labor? A. No, but you will have a bowel movement, or two, or three. Q. Does walking for a long time start labor? A. No, but it is good exercise. Q. Does a fast heartbeat mean that I will have a girl, or a slow heartbeat mean that I will have a boy? A. No. The heart rate is the same for male and female fetuses. The heart rate is faster after fetal movement, however. Q. Does a pregnant uterus that protrudes and is carried low mean that I will have a girl? A. No. A protruding abdomen occurs if your abdominal muscles are lax. More commonly seen after you have had a baby or two. Q. Will my crying or screaming during pregnancy harm my fetus? A. No. Q. Can my partner's penis hurt the fetus if we make love? A. No. Q. What is "dry" labor? A. There is no such thing. Q. Does the way the hair grows on the back of my neck reveal the sex of my baby? A. No. The tale goes as follows: if your hair grows straight, you are having a girl; if the hair grows to a point, you are having a boy. Q. Will the Draino test reveal the gender of my baby? A. No. The tale goes as follows: if your urine turns blue with Draino, you are having a girl; if it remains colorless, you are having a boy. Q. Will the needle-and-thread test reveal the sex of my baby? A. No. The tale goes as follows: if a needle and thread held over your abdomen turns in a circle, you are having a girl; if it moves up and down, you are having a boy. Q. My friend told me that her she always guesses the gender correctly, what do you think? A. I believe her as much as a hustler with a 2 “tailed” coin. Q. Does the fetus take whatever nutrition it needs from me, no matter how I eat? A. No! Q. Am I eating for two? A. No. Q. If I experience heartburn throughout my pregnancy, will my baby be hairy? A. No. Q. Can your uterus get bruised by the fetus kicking? A. No. Q. Is it true that my baby will slow down before labor? A. No. If you think that your baby’s movements have slowed, call your doctor. Q. Is it true that the baby is inactive during labor? A. No. The fetus will move around during labor. Q. Will it take longer for my breast milk to come in if I am induced? A. No. The same changes occur in your body at the same time once your placenta is delivered. Q. Will it take longer for my breast milk to come in if I have an elective C/S? A. No. See above answer. Q. Will eating peanuts during labor cause a peanut allergy in my baby? A. No. You may also eat peanuts while breastfeeding without causing an allergy in your baby. Q. Will eating a lot of sugar during my pregnancy cause my baby to be hyperactive? A. No, but you and your baby may be overweight. Q. Will lying on your stomach during pregnancy squash the baby? A. No. Q. Are most Down syndrome babies born to women over the age of 35? A. No. 80% of Down syndrome babies are born to moms under the age of 35. Down syndrome is the most common genetic abnormality. 1 in 1,000 babies born have Down syndrome. Q. Will drinking fluids with artificial coloring dye my placenta? A No Q. When my belly button pops out does that mean I will be going into labor? A. Only if you are having a turkey. Q. Does having sex in the first trimester cause miscarriages? A. No. If it did there would be a lot less babies born each year (remember at least 50% of pregnancies were unintended) Q. Will having sex at term cause labor? A. If it did I would be working every weekend