Expectant mothers always get a bit of advice from friends and relatives, but how much of what they hear is fact and how much is fiction?
Video: We're dispelling some of the biggest myths with Banner Good Samaritan Hospital's Dr. Candice Wood.
You can tell the gender of the fetus by the heart beat and the way you are carrying the fetus
If you have a huge appetite, you are having a boy!
Sleeping on your back can hurt the baby
You can tangle the umbilical cord by raising your hands above your head
If you are experiencing heartburn that means you will have a hairy baby!
You should avoid seafood during pregnancy
No more than 12 oz/week
Albacore "white" tuna
- 6 oz/week
Avoid shark, swordfish,
King mackerel, tilefish
You have to eat for two
Only 300 extra calories (2nd &3rd)
½ sandwich, ¼ cup dried fruit or nuts
You should avoid eating deli meats
Listeria & increased risk of miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth, or fetal illness
-Unpasteurized milk and soft cheeses
-Refrigerated smoked seafood, hot dogs and deli meats
Salmonella & undercooked eggs
Caffeine intake should be limited
>200 mg caffeine/day
12 oz coffee or 30 oz of tea
Double risk of SAB
Pregnant women should avoid exposure to microwave ovens and computers
No science to prove microwaves harm fetus
LCD screen & lack of cathode ray tube
However avoid long hours on keyboard
Air travel involving high altitudes is concerning in causing pre term labor
Avoid changing your cat's litter box during pregnancy
Toxoplasma found in soil
Avoid dying or coloring your hair in the first trimester
Acne products should be avoided during pregnancy
All forms of tanning should be avoided during pregnancy
Beach and tanning beds not recommended
No study to provide conclusive evidence
Saunas and hot tubs are not safe in pregnancy
You are pregnant call in the maid because most cleaning products should not be used in pregnancy!
Artificial sweeteners are not safe in pregnancy