There are many different myths surrounding pregnancy – here are a few truths.
When you are pregnant with your first baby there is a lot to learn. And you’ll need to learn something new every few days or weeks as your baby grows in the uterus.
From strange symptoms in the first few weeks to even worse pains and difficulties in the last few months, there’s always something new. But, chances are you will be so overcome with information that you won’t know what is actually true and what is actually wrong.
Even a second and subsequent pregnancy can be filled with confusing information – yes you know the basics but every pregnancy and baby is different.
Getting the wrong information can be harmful to both you and your unborn baby. The following is a list of the most common pregnancy related myths that you may come across.
1. Myth: You won’t get morning sickness after 12 weeks
Morning sickness is caused by the body’s reaction to a hormone called HCG. HCG increases over the first trimester and then slowly decreases by about 12 weeks as the placenta grows into the job of caring for the growing baby. However HCG stays in the system throughout the pregnancy and some women react to it all the way to the end of pregnancy. In rare cases women can still have nausea and vomiting even after birth.
2. Myth: If your fundal height is measuring 1-2 weeks too big or small, there is a problem with your baby
Fundal height is a rough estimate of the baby’s size, measuring from the top of the uterus to the top of the pubic bone. Doctors have an estimated size by week guide they match the measurement to. But every woman is different and it’s not unusual for a woman to vary 1-2cm from the average size in some cases.
If you are measured as being 1-2 weeks behind in fundal height you should remember the following:
- Babies come in a huge range of sizes – from 6-12 pounds on average.
- Baby could be sitting in a different position than normal, making the stomach smaller.
- Your due date is just an estimate. Every woman ovulates at a different time, so two women with the same due date could have conceived up to two weeks apart.
Sometimes the fundal height can be different even half an hour later, if baby decides to move. The only time when low fundal height is a problem, is if it’s stayed the same for more than 2-4 weeks.
3. Myth: Dilating, Effacement, Losing the plug & Nesting are all signs of labor
Every labor is different – and so are the signs of labor. Chances are that if you lose your plug, dilate, efface, start nesting, have a bloody show, feel cramps or a range of other symptoms, your friends and even your doctor might tell that the baby is only a day or two away.
However don’t get too excited just yet. Yes these signs can mean the baby is preparing for birth but in fact some women can experience one or more of these signs as early as 36 weeks and still reach full term before baby decides to arrive. Other women may have absolutely no sign of impending labor up till 42 weeks or later and then go into labor within just hours. So make sure your bags are packed but don’t hop in the car just yet!
4. Myth: Going past 40 weeks means you’re overdue
Many women eagerly count the weeks and then the days till their estimated due date (EDD). But remember, just as the name indicates, it is an estimate. In fact a normal full term pregnancy is technically anywhere from 38 weeks up to 42 weeks.
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