Pregnancy myths not yet bumped off

HOLD off on the Vindaloo and don’t fret if the bump is up front. The old wives’ tales that claim to predict when you’ll give birth and whether it will be a boy or a girl carry less weight than Aesop’s fables.

A survey of myths would-be-mums subscribe to shows while many believe tucking into a curry is a surefire way of bringing on labour, this is in fact a load of Balti. The survey found almost one in five, 18%, of women think wolfing down spicy food will help induce labour, while 38% believe raspberry leaf tea is the answer.

Other old wives’ tales frequently thought to be true include not being able to start exercising during pregnancy, 39%, and that sleeping on your back can harm the unborn baby, 25%.

The survey also found 13% of women believe they are having a boy if they carry the baby “all at the front” while 7% think drinking coffee in pregnancy affects their baby’s skin.

The poll of more than 1,200 women, carried out by Johnson’s Baby, found confusion over the types of food that are safe to eat during pregnancy.

A total of 62% of women are unsure what types of cheese they can eat, 56% do not know what kind of fish they can have and 50% are unsure about eating mayonnaise. Almost half, 47%, are confused over how much caffeine they can drink.

When it comes to exercise, 39% do not think they can start exercising if they were not active before the pregnancy, and 70% think women who have exercised before can carry on with knee bends and lunges.

Midwife Sharon Broad said: “This research continues to highlight the many different stories and myths on pregnancy. For example, pregnancy can be an excellent reason to start exercising. Although it’s important to start off slowly, exercise will help your body to be in the best possible shape to cope with labour and giving birth.


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