EXCLUSIVE: 5 myths about newborns and unborn that mothers should not fall for

If you are expecting or have recently given birth, you will agree with us on the amount of information one is bombarded with over time. And to no surprise, most of these are nothing but myths or facts that lack science.

In such a situation, it becomes even more important not to fall for this baseless information and instead go by what the expert says. Because a new or expectant mother is already extremely vulnerable, and such information can do more harm than good.

Dr. Minal Singh, Executive Consultant, Department of Neonatology & Pededrics, Jaypee Hospital, Noida, breaks a few myths and advises people to never believe in anything without consulting a doctor.

Myth 1: If a woman carries high, it may be a girl, and if she carries low, it is a boy

Fact: This assumption has no scientific basis, and it is the woman’s muscle size, structure, fetal position, posture, and amount of fat that is deposited around her abdomen that play a crucial role in the size and shape of a pregnant belly.

Myth 2: Colostrum is not clean

Fact: The light yellowish, thick, first milk from the mother is known as colostrum. It is high in protein and has anti-infective properties which are recommended to feed the baby but some women in India still discard the colostrum as they consider it to be unclean.

Myth 3: Give a little honey to ensure sweetness in the newborn baby’s life

Fact: A newborn’s immune system is extremely delicate. Honey can contain spores of Clostridium botulinum – bacteria that can settle in a child’s immature system and can cause a deadly disease called infant botulism. It is not recommended to give honey to a newborn baby before the first birthday because of this risk.

Myth 4: Juicer is a rich source of vitamins and should be included in the diet

Fact: Although fruit juices are rich in vitamin C, these can adversely affect the baby’s gut, as they may not be able to digest fruit juices, especially in the first year of life.

Myth 5: First babies always arrive late compared to second and third

Fact: It is the length of your menstrual cycle that determines the arrival of your baby. If it is shorter, then the chances of you delivering early are high. If your cycle is longer, the baby will come later, and if the cycle usually lasts 28 days, you will probably deliver close to the due date.

Also read: 4 ways to enjoy motherhood without losing yourself

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