Chugging hot sauce induces labor and other baby myths - New York News

Chugging hot sauce induces labor and other baby myths

Updated:
By Shutterstock.com. Chugging hot sauce induces labor and other baby myths. By Shutterstock.com. Chugging hot sauce induces labor and other baby myths.

By: Katie Nielsen, FamilyShare

When you're pregnant, you'll hear all kinds of advice, solicited and unsolicited, from friends, neighbors, family and random strangers on the street. A lot of it is conflicting. After a while, you probably feel like you shouldn't stir outside of the house, or out of bed, at all.

1. Myth: Exercise can harm the fetus.

Fact: A reasonable amount of daily exercise in proportion to your own fitness level can benefit the fetus. Whatever level of activity you had before becoming pregnant you can continue during pregnancy. This will help keep you from gaining too much weight, boost your metabolism and improve your mood. Just be sure you drink plenty of liquids and eat healthy snacks, so you're not running on empty. Babies of active moms have also been known to have lower birth weights and better cardiovascular health.

2. Myth: You're eating for two.

Fact: For most of your pregnancy you're eating for one plus a teeny tiny human that has microscopic caloric needs. You don't need to increase your caloric intake at all during the first trimester. Rather you should focus on getting your calories from healthier places. In your second trimester, you can increase your intake by 350 calories (a couple of extra glasses of milk and some hot cereal.) Then, in your final trimester you can up it to 500 calories (add some whole wheat toast and an apple to your snacking.)

3. Myth: Having sex can jumpstart labor.

Fact: Chances are it won't start labor but it will let you get a little extra exercise and certainly won't hurt you any. There are some chemical reasons why it would make sense that sex would start contractions, but a number of studies have found no proof it makes a difference. For instance, a research study where doctors randomly encouraged couples to have sex to start labor showed no difference between those who did and those who didn't have sex.

4. Myth: How a woman "carries" can predict baby's gender.

Fact: How a woman appears to be carrying a baby - with a high baby bump or low baby bump - depends entirely on her own physiognomy and if she has been pregnant before, not on whether the baby is a boy or a girl. Dr. Phil explained that women who are taller appear to carry higher while shorter, fuller women appear to carry lower. Also, after the first pregnancy, stomach muscles stretch more easily and the woman is more likely to carry low.

5. Myth: Avoid a fishy diet.

Fact: Don't avoid fish altogether just be choosy about the types you eat. In fact, eating the right types of fish could be an important bonus to your diet because fish is rich in the omega-3 fatty acids that help with the development of the fetus' brain and vision. However, certain fish are high in mercury and should be avoided while you're pregnant, including swordfish, shark, tilefish and king mackerel.

There a thousand or more other pregnancy myths circulating. But now that you know the truth behind these, perhaps you'll be more likely to take your neighbor's advice to stand on your head to induce labor with a grain of salt. Do your research before acting on any advice that sounds a little kooky, and always feel free to consult your doctor. Here are some tips on how to stay healthy during your pregnancy.


Original Post

Copyright 2013 Deseret Digital Media, Inc.

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Parks Service bans drones over Appalachian Trail

    Parks Service bans drones over Appalachian Trail

    Thursday, August 21 2014 6:11 AM EDT2014-08-21 10:11:26 GMT
    The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail. The Park Service said Wednesday the interim rule prohibits launching, landing or operating unmanned aircraft from or on Appalachian National Scenic Trail lands. The ban takes effect immediately and lasts until the Park Service can develop an appropriate policy. 
    The National Park Service has banned drones from flying over the Appalachian Trail. The Park Service said Wednesday the interim rule prohibits launching, landing or operating unmanned aircraft from or on Appalachian National Scenic Trail lands. The ban takes effect immediately and lasts until the Park Service can develop an appropriate policy. 
  • Savion Glover, the master teacher

    Savion Glover, the master teacher

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:31 PM EDT2014-08-21 02:31:51 GMT
    While the rest of us merely march to the beat of our own drum, Savion Glover is the drum. The tap dance superstar has dazzled audiences from the small screen to the big screen from the White House to the Great White Way. More than just a legend, Savion has become a curator of tap. He is on a mission to keep the craft sacred for future generations.
    While the rest of us merely march to the beat of our own drum, Savion Glover is the drum. The tap dance superstar has dazzled audiences from the small screen to the big screen from the White House to the Great White Way. More than just a legend, Savion has become a curator of tap. He is on a mission to keep the craft sacred for future generations.
  • Fatal boat explosion on Long Island

    Fatal boat explosion on Long Island

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 9:56 PM EDT2014-08-21 01:56:27 GMT
    Detectives from the Nassau County Homicide Squad are investigating an explosion that destroyed a boat, burned two docks, and killed one person in Manorhaven on Wednesday afternoon. Two dock workers and two boaters were gassing up a docked 33-foot Carver motor boat just after 2:45 p.m. when an explosion tore through the boat, setting it and the dock on fire, police said.
    Detectives from the Nassau County Homicide Squad are investigating an explosion that destroyed a boat, burned two docks, and killed one person in Manorhaven on Wednesday afternoon. Two dock workers and two boaters were gassing up a docked 33-foot Carver motor boat just after 2:45 p.m. when an explosion tore through the boat, setting it and the dock on fire, police said.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices