Friday, June 7, 2019

Superstitions About Pregnancy - Are They True or Not?

Congratulations! You just got the BIG news that you are pregnant! There must be SO many things going through your mind right now. Our health clinics at the Lake of the Ozarks encourage you to find an OB you can trust as soon as possible. The Lake of the Ozarks OB providers at Central Ozarks Medical Center want you to know that we understand how alone you can feel if you are pregnant and unable to find the RIGHT OB. We have experienced OBs who will work to keep you informed every step of the way through your pregnancy. There are a lot of superstitions out there about pregnancy and our Lake of the Ozarks health clinics are here to set the record straight in this week's blog.

Question: Does the shape and height of your belly have anything to do with determining the baby's sex?
Answer: People have been known to say, if an expecting mother is carrying high, then the baby will be a girl if they are carrying low than it will be a boy. This is not true. The shape and height of your stomach are justified by your muscle tone, uterine tone, weight gained, and the position the baby is in. The best way to tell the gender of your baby is to talk to your doctor about an ultrasound. Don't rely on superstition.

Question: Can the fullness of a pregnant woman's face determine the baby's gender?
Answer: Yes, every expectant mother gains weight during pregnancy, but every pregnancy is different. Some people may tell you your face is round, so you're having a girl. They may be correct, but it's just as likely they're incorrect.

Question: Does having heartburn mean you will have a hairy baby?
Answer: CNN also shows that in the second trimester of pregnancy, babies develop a coat of fine hair all over their bodies, called lanugo. Sometimes, in the third trimester, they shed it and eat it. A baby's first feces, in fact, can be digested remains of their own body hair.

Question: Can avoiding eating bananas increase your chances of having a girl?
Answer: CNN shows, in 2008 a study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society Basked 740 women who were pregnant for the first time to describe their diets leading up to conception. The women in the top third of the study, calorie wise, had boys 56% of the time, among the third that consumed the fewest calories, 55% had girls.

Want to learn more about a healthy pregnancy and meet some of the Lake of the Ozarks OB Providers at COMC? Make an appointment today and see all the phone numbers and clinic locations we have for you to choose from at Once again, if you just found out you are pregnant, congratulations!

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