Let’s look at a couple of these tales and debunk them:
You can't get pregnant while nursing. False, mostly. Women who breastfeed are less likely to ovulate, menstruate, and become pregnant, but ovulation can begin again at any time, leaving moms at risk, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. "It's not an effective means of birth control," says Gary Edelstein, M.D., a pediatrician at Columbia-Presbyterian Eastside in New York City.
Have a lot of heartburn? Your baby will be born with a lot of hair. No. Well, yes. But no. Yes, you may have a lot of heartburn, and your baby may have a lot of hair, but, no, there's no connection between the two. And while it might sound silly to even believe that there would be, this is a widely believed myth. It probably came about because pregnant women generally experience heartburn, sometimes a lot of it, and many babies are born with hair.
If you're carrying high, it's a girl. Oh, sure, this is true. Just like if you refuse to eat the heel of a loaf of bread, then you're having a girl. It's a boy if your hands are dry. It's a girl if you crave orange juice. And it's a boy if your feet are cold.
"Everyone wants to offer their opinion," says Lyuba Konopasek, M.D., a pediatrician at New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center. "When I was pregnant, I had all kinds of people on the street tell me the gender of my baby-to-be." While there is absolutely no truth to the carrying high or low wives' tale, says Jonathan Schaffir, M.D., an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Ohio State University, the myth persists because "you have a 50-50 chance of being right."
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