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5 New Mommy Myths Debunked

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As a momista-of-four, there were still things that surprised me about each pregnancy and each new babe. There’s just so much to learn as a new mom. Even if you were one of those moms who read What to Expect When You’re Expecting cover to cover three times, chances are that you still fed into a few misconceptions and old wives tales. So today I’m debunking a few of the biggest myths that new mamas encounter. Check them out and let me know which ones you used to believe…

Myth #1: You can predict the sex of the baby (without your doctor).

Each time that I was preggers I had people tell me that if I was carrying low the baby was going to be a boy and that if I was carrying high it was a girl. Well according to WhatToExpect.com, the height of your bump has nothing to do with the baby’s gender. Dying to find out the baby’s sex? It’s called an ultrasound! Otherwise, just sit tight and enjoy the guessing game. There are so few surprises in life.

Myth #2: You can determine the sex of the baby with sexual positions.

Lots of new mamas believe that not only can they predict their baby’s sex, but that they can take certain steps during conception to determine it. Well, I hate to break it to you ladies, but according to Parents.com the missionary position is not going to guarantee a girl and doggy style is not going to make your little one a boy. But I can promise you one thing—boy or girl, this little one is still going to be the light of your life.

Myth #3: Breastfeeding comes naturally.

Nursing is a personal choice. Many first-time mamas are surprised by milk supply issues or the fact that breastfeeding can be painful. While there are many benefits to breastfeeding, just keep in mind that it might not be right for everyone. If you can’t breastfeed, don’t beat yourself up about it. Your bottle-fed babe will still grow up to be healthy and happy.

Myth #4: Avoid hair dye, microwaves, and hot baths when you’re pregnant.

When I was preggers with my four babes, I had an endless list of questions like these ones for my OB/GYN Dr. Jason Rothbart. Dr. J shared a few of his answers with Momversation.com, and it turns out that hair dye, microwaves, and hot baths are perfectly safe for the mommy-to-be. If you’re extra cautious, just avoid dying your hair during the first trimester, don’t stand directly in front of the microwave (which is good practice anyway), and skip out on hot tubs (not baths) while you’re preggers.

Myth #5: If you have heartburn your baby will have a lot of hair.

This one’s on the sillier side, but I thought it would be fun to share. According to NewParent.com, this new mommy myth has no medical basis. Almost every mommy-to-be has heartburn, and babies are born with varying degrees of hair. I could’ve debunked this one from personal experience!

Do you have any other mommy myths you’d like me to look into?

Let me know below.

Love,
T

 

  • aidaschrijver

    When I was a little girl, I had a babysitter. The best you can ever imagine! When she was pregnant with her first baby she had a necklace with a bell on it. She told me if you keep it above your belly and it swings sidewards the baby becomes a boy and when it makes circels it becomes a girl. I always loved this story, eventhough I know it isn’t true. When I become pregnant some day I will wear the same necklace, just to remember those sweet memories.

  • Mrs. Bebe

    I’ve heard that if you favor laying on one side more, like if you lay more on your left it’s a boy and if you lay more on your right it’s a girl. I did lay more on my right and it turned out a girl :) I also did the Chinese Calendar but the one that you change your birth years to go according to the Chinese Calendar and it was right! Another myth was that you have more morning sickness with boys than with girls??? I did have more with the boys than my girl but I know of mommies who were very sick w/their girls too.

  • Ashley Taylor

    I colored my hair in both my pregnancies…all the nurses thought it was hilarious that with my 1st baby, she was born with blond tips on her hair! ;)
    http://www.thedoseofreality.com/2012/04/17/you-want-a-real-mommy-war/

  • Lory Ann @OurMasonsJar

    Too funny! I had NO heartburn (lucky) & my son was born with tons of dark hair <3 Gender??? I took one of those drugstore prediction tests, just for fun & it was right (coinky dink) NOW…how about this one, we’ve all heard it & chuckled…”Pregnancy stealing your beauty? Must be a girl!” ALL pregnant women are beautiful inside & out! Tori, you were too cute with all of your babes, so you’ve already DEBUNKED that! Clueless, why people say that! Keep sparkling & inspiring, xo-Lory Ann

  • JaneMomof6

    Hi Tori! Re #1…when i’m carrying boys, I can’t toss my cookies, even though I spend the whole pg green. with girls I hurl my way through and can’t stop…I’m freakish that way but can predict gender. :))

  • Barbara Adams

    Nursing came natural for my daughter..First two wks with my son was painful so it was more of a challenge..Then i couldn’t pry him off my breast took forever to wean him..

  • Marissa Asparro

    Here’s a study that finds a relationship between hair and heartburn. I think there was another one done in Sweden possibly that found that there was a hormone that links both of them. http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/johns-hopkins-fetal-development-project/_materials/_publications/heartburnhairfinal.pdf

  • Aisling Heath

    Myth 3 needs to be talked about more with new moms. I was so excited to breast feed when i was pregnant. But after my baby boy was born no matter what I did or what the nurses did I couldn’t produce enough milk. I have an under active thyroid so it is very fifficult to produce milk with that condition. I was so traumatized by the inability to feed him myself. Breast is best as they say but not for everyone. My boy was on formula exclusively from 6 weeks and he is a lean healthy and happy little man now.

  • Mary Rowan

    I had major heartburn for 9months with my third & he came out with tons of hair….I totally agree!

  • Christelle B

    I would add a number 6 myth, or a addendum to your third, “breastfeeding makes you lose weight”… shoul I laugh or cry I’m not sure ? my friends who breastfed and I, not only we didn’t lose weight, but we took extra pounds ! breastfeeding is a very demanding thing to do. they literally spend as much time as they can suspended to you and during that time, you’re stuck in a chair. and you are so hungry you could eat a cow. or the entire candy factory. or both.

  • GQ’s Momma

    When I decided to nurse my midwife warned me that I would hold onto at least 10-15lbs of the baby weight. My body would need the fat for milk production. He is now 13 months and people ask me when I am going to start losing the weight or if I am still pregnant. This myth is so frustrating to deal with.

  • Christelle B

    yeah, I know!!! and everytime you have a celebrity new mum who got back into her skinny jeans just walking out of the hospital, and they’re asked how they got back in shape and they say ‘oh I didn’t diet, (yah, right !) I lost through breastfeeding” rhaa but just shut up please ! or the only explanation I see is that there is a plastic surgeon who’s name is Breastfeeding. just saying.

  • 3monkeys

    Love this post! I had SO many people predicting what I would have based on how I carried….what’s funny is that I had found out what I was having but didn’t share with people for a number of weeks and so many were convinced I was having a girl based on how I was carrying and I knew I was having a boy. Myth #3 definitely pertained to me. Breastfeeding was very very difficult for me. My daughter would not latch on, my first son had issues as well and my second son finally latched on after two weeks of extreme pain. Another myth is that you can’t get pregnant while breastfeeding. Totally false! I got pregnant with my 3rd child while breastfeeding my 2nd. And I didn’t even know I was pregnant until I was 13 weeks along!

  • Katie Ramirez

    You know what I got that too, abagger at the grocery store asked me how ar along I was( I had an 8mth old at home, had some mommy older sibling time. I was so embarrassed. Sorry im not losing the weight fast enough!

  • Nancy Krabben

    There is a Dutch mitnh That is saying That of if you drink

  • GQ’s Momma

    And that is what is important. Your boy is healthy so life is good!

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  • Real Name

    My mother lost 60-70 pounds in 3 months for each of her pregnancies (2) without breastfeeding. By the way, my brother is a “healthy” “genius” and never had breast milk! I think that’s a myth too…

    • Ellie B

      It’s not guaranteed that you’ll be unable to lose weight or have dumb children if you bottle feed; or that you’ll lose a lot of weight or have smart children if you breastfeed. However, breastfeeding while maintaining a proper diet will help you burn more of the weight you gained with less effort (especially if you feed on demand and/or continue night feedings). And, studies have shown that breastmilk is more likely to promote proper growth physically, emotionally, and mentally because it has the proper supply of nutrients and hormones.