Five pregnancy myths revealed: deciphering fact from fiction

by Jose Beede

Five pregnancy myths revealed: deciphering fact from fiction

Motherhood is an experience that simply can't be replaced, which is why many women find themselves overwhelmed with joy upon learning that they're expecting. However, pregnancy can bring about a series of changes to your body and emotions, some of which may surprise you.

If you have friends and relatives who've gone through the experience before, they likely have helpful tidbits on how to overcome some of the challenges during the nine months of baby development - but how do you know who to trust? Should you be taking advice with a grain of salt from your mother or your best friend?

There are many myths surrounding conception and pregnancy that can be easily dispelled by health experts and experienced mothers alike. Here are some of the most common to be mindful of - familiarizing yourself with fact from fiction just might make your nine months go more smoothly!

Myth 1: The gender of the baby can be determined without modern day technology.
As MyHealthNewsDaily reported, it might be time to put your grandmother's superstitions and gender tests to rest in this day and age. While your relative or friend might've gone through a bout of good luck in predicting baby genders in the past, this method of determining a child's sex is far from accurate. Technology is truly the only way to find out if your little one will be a boy or girl prior to the due date - sorry, grandma!

Myth 2: Expectant fathers don't go through emotional changes during the pregnancy.
A study published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior determined that men actually do go through some emotional changes once they find out their loved one is pregnant. You might not be the only one weeping with joy as you begin to look forward to parenthood! Researchers have found that testosterone levels in men tends to drop and prolactin levels rise during this period. These changes may be their bodies helping them prepare for fatherhood!

Myth 3: A slower heart rate means you're going to have a boy.
CBS News reported that one rumor that has been circulating around for years is that a heart rate above 140 {need units} for an unborn baby indicates that it's going to be a girl. On the other hand, a slower heart rate is a sign that a boy is on the way. Despite what many people might believe, this is purely fiction - heart rate does not indicate the gender of the baby.

Myth 4: You can't have caffeine while pregnant.
NBC affiliate WSFA-12 News reported that this is perhaps one of the biggest myths of them all - decaf is necessary to avoid any health complications. The fact of the matter is that you can most likely have a cup of coffee every morning and be completely fine - you and your baby! Don't concern yourself with how you're going to go without your caffeine boost before work.

Myth 5: You can't fly while pregnant.
Time magazine reported that despite what people may tell you, it's acceptable to fly and travel while you're pregnant. Some airlines may prohibit women in their third trimester to travel with them in fear of the passenger going into labor while on board. However, it's safe to fly - don't postpone that trip to your in-laws' house for the holidays just yet!

While it can be a little tricky deciphering fact from fiction, educating yourself can put you in a better position to enjoy your pregnancy. What tidbits have you learned in your experience? Do you know what's really just myth?