"Cocoa Butter prevents stretch marks."
- False: As tempting as it might be to slather your growing belly with a lotion that smells like chocolate, the last thing it does is prevent stretch marks. In fact, it might even make skin more sensitive. Try a solution with vitamin E, which has been proven to smooth skin. But be aware, nothing prevents stretch marks.
"Walking brings on labor."
- False: While its a healthy way to stay active that's easy on pregnant joints, walking hasn't been proven to bring on labor. Walking will, however, help move along labor that is already in progress.
"No Sushi while pregnant."
- False: You might have a few concessions, but you don't have to give it up altogether! To ensure safety, avoid raw fish and seafood during pregnancy. You can have rolls with cooked fish like salmon, which is high in omega-3 fatty acids and very good for brain development, but take it easy on the tuna (which is high in mercury)- keep it under 12. oz (about two rolls) per week.
"Sleep only on your left side while pregnant."
- False: Unless there are serious complications in the pregnancy like high blood pressure, feel free to sleep any old way you like. After all, the chances of getting a full night's sleep is going to be kind of slim when the baby arrives.
Pregnancy heartburn = hairy baby.
- False: As much as your heartburn might make you envision a velvety- skinned baby with loads of lustrous locks, its just not true. Though a study at Johns Hopkins in 2007 seemed to support rather than disprove the old wives' tale, many women who had heartburn ended up with babies who had little to no hair. Listen, your organs are pretty crowded, especially as your baby nears birth, and your reflux is due directly to your stomach having nowhere to expand, forcing acid up the esophagus.
"Don't fly in your first or las trimesters."
- False: The truth is that flying is completely safe in any month of pregnancy. Most airlines hesitate to fly women in advanced stages of pregnancy (think emergency landing liability), and your own healthcare provider might want you to stick around as your due date looms.
"Raising you hands above your head is dangerous."
- False: Mom's upward salute pose definitely won't be at fault if baby emerges with the umbilical cord around his neck. There's a little prenatal acrobat in there, and its not the length of the cord and his movement -not yours- that determines if the cord will be wrapped around his neck.
"No coffee while pregnant."
- False: Luckily for pregnant moms, and everyone around them, its perfectly safe to drink one cup a day. But don't overdo it- more than 200 mg of caffeine a day might put you at risk for preterm labor or miscarriage.
"Your face looks soo different, it must be a girl."
- False: This about tops the worst things you can say to a pregnant mom. No one wants to be told that her face looks "different" (fat, spotty, blotchy), even if it means it's your answer to her unsolicited informal survey of what you think she's having. Your best bet is to smile and buy a gender neutral gift, because your chances of being right are 50/50 anyway.
"Don't go on a really bumpy car ride."
- False: Its a valid concern, especially while commuting down the post-winter pothole-ridden streets, but a regular car ride isn't dangerous for a pregnant mom. Your baby has plenty cushioning between the amniotic fluid and the uterus, so just buckle up and enjoy the ride.
"Severe morning sickness means its definitely a girl."
- False: Even among those with the worst morning sickness, the male and female offspring were nearly 50-50 and whether this applies to milder cases is unknown.