An Asian woman who has made known she is pregnant will be bombarded with lots of pregnancy dos and don’ts and myths! While several of the beliefs raise eyebrows, some are just funny and good for laughs.
Here are some of the said myths!
Myth 1: You can tell the gender of the baby by the shape of the mum’s belly
It is one of the most common comment when aunties meet pregnant mums. They say if the mum has a low or front belly, it means the baby is a boy while a higher or wide belly in the middle means it’s a girl. According to Eileen Beard, an advisor for the American College of Nurse-Midwives said the way the baby is carried depends on the muscle tone of mums, the position of the baby and how much weight mums gain when they are pregnant.
Myth 2: The Drano Test
The myth says to stir Drano into the urine. If it turns green (as long as the colour changes), it’s a boy. No idea who came up with it but there’s no scientific basis in this test because a baby boy or girl’s chromosomes don’t change in acidity or alkalinity.
A study done to test this myth says the probability of the Drano test being accurate is like flipping a coin. Also, Drano is a caustic material and pregnant women shouldn’t be playing around with or inhaling it.
Myth 3: A mum’s cravings can give clues to the baby’s gender
Apparently, a pregnant woman who craves sweet food is carrying a boy. If she wants sour food, it means she’s carrying a girl. In truth, it’s highly likely that the pregnant woman’s change in taste and craving is due to her changing hormones which also affects her sense of smell.
The fact that different myths say different things such as pregnant woman craving sweet food means she’s carrying a girl instead, just shows this belief is simply just a total myth.
Myth 4: A pregnant woman should eat for two
Dr Irene Miguel-Aliaga, a researcher from MRC Clinical Science Centre at Imperial says eating for two is actually unnecessary because our digestive system is well-equipped and ready to take on the demands of a growing baby. This false belief could be the reason why pregnant women find it hard to shed weight after delivering the baby!
Myth 5: Pregnant women shouldn’t consume alcohol
While fetal alcohol syndrome is a real thing, a new study revealed a glass of wine or two a week may actually be safe. The study was done on kindergarteners whose mothers drank lightly during pregnancy and found that these children performed slightly better in cognitive tests than children whose mothers didn’t consume alcohol during pregnancy.
Most medical opinion still recommends pregnant women to not drink alcohol while carrying the baby. So, if mothers-to-be want to drink, it’s still at their own risk.
Myth 6: Hair colouring and nail varnish will affect the baby
Hair dyes and nail varnish do contain chemicals that can harm the baby but in truth, very little of the chemicals are absorbed by the skin and scalp. If pregnant women are still worried about endangering their baby, they can opt for henna hair colouring or going for highlights.
Myth 7: Swinging the wedding ring can tell the baby’s gender
Fans of Charmed may chuckle at this because it’s almost like spell the Halliwell sisters use to track demons! The belief says to dangle the wedding ring using a strand of the father’s hair or a string over the woman’s belly. If the ring swings around in circles, it’s a girl. If it sways back and forth, it’s a boy.
The probability of this being accurate is just like Drano test where it’s like flipping a coin. However, it’s still fun to try and guess the baby’s gender by using this method. Just don’t take it too seriously!