MYTH #1: “’Pag matulis ang tiyan ng nanay, lalaki ang anak. ’Pag mabilog naman, babae.”
FACT: Belly shape is merely an indication of the baby’s position inside the uterus or baby’s movements as he develops.
MYTH #2: “Ang laki ng ilong mo! Babae ’yan.”
FACT: Physical changes are normal—regardless of whether they’re expecting a boy or a girl.
MYTH #3: Did you say severe morning sickness? Congratulations, you’re having a girl!
FACT: A Swedish study found that 56 percent of women who suffered from severe nausea and vomiting of pregnancy (NVP) gave birth to baby girls, though many obstetricians argue that the percentage is too small to confirm the link between morning sickness and female fetuses. So yes, you may have a slightly bigger chance of having a girl if you’re experiencing unbearable NVP, but 44 percent is still enough to prove you wrong.
MYTH #4: “Nangingitim ba ang kili-kili at leeg mo? Ah lalaki ‘yan!”
FACT: “Hyperpigmentation has absolutely nothing to do with the baby’s gender,” confirms Dr. Nucum.
MYTH #5: You’ll twist your child’s umbilical cord around his neck if you hang a towel over your shoulder.
FACT: Entanglement or cord coil is not in any way related to hanging a towel over your shoulder.
MYTH #6: “Huwag kang uminom ng malamig o maligo sa gabi. Magkaka-sipon ang anak mo.”
FACT: Babies can’t develop a cold while inside the womb. The amniotic fluid helps stabilize the temperature, so he doesn’t feel the difference if you’re hot or cold.
“Pregnant women feel [warmer] because they undergo a lot of metabolic changes due to the increasing demands of the fetus. For this reason, they are all the more advised to take regular baths,” says Dr. Nucum.
MYTH #7: “I watched Leonardo di Caprio movies all throughout my pregnancy, so I know my baby will be tisoy, gwapo, and talented!”
FACT: A pregnant woman’s pinaglilihian will not affect her baby’s physical appearance. A baby’s looks are developed from the parents’ DNA.
MYTH #8: “Kung mahaba ang buhok mo, mahihirapan kang manganak.”
FACT: “Delivering a baby is affected by a lot of factors that may be summed up by the three P’s: the ‘passenger,’ [which is] determined by the size of the baby, the ‘passage,’ [or] the adaptation of the fetus to the mother’s bony pelvis, and the mother’s ‘push.’”
MYTH #9: If you’re giving birth at home, lie down with your legs facing the door. The bigger the door, the easier it will be for you to give birth.
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FACT: Just remember the three P’s.
MYTH #10: A baby born at nighttime will stay awake during the evening. So when giving birth, try to hold it until the next morning.
FACT: Newborns are usually asleep 90 percent of the day, and their sleeping patterns continue to vary as they grow older.
MYTH #11: More pregnant women experience labor pains or give birth when the moon is full.
FACT: There is no scientific truth to this claim.
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