Here we will dispel some of the most common Maternity Myths!

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You can tell the sex of the baby from the shape of your bump

No, you cannot! Everyone has different figure and slightly different shaped anatomy and the shape of your bump will be determined by this rather than the sex of baby!  You can look at your bump and have a guess, and you have a 50% chance of getting it right!

If you have morning sickness/bad skin it means you’re having a boy/girl

Morning sickness doesn’t mean anything other than your pregnancy hormones levels are high.  You are no more likely to get morning sickness or spots with either a boy or girl.

If you have heartburn your baby will have lots of hair.

Plenty of women have hideous heartburn and give birth to bald babies!

Drinking Rasberry Leaf Tea, eating Pineapple, eating Curry, having sex will help me to go into labour.

None of these will make any difference; the baby will come when it is ready.

Sleeping on your back or front will harm the baby

You can sleep on your front as long as it is comfortable.  As for sleeping on your back, the vein that returns blood to your heart may become compressed by the weight of your uterus and baby, but if this is the case, your body will tell you by making you feel faint or nauseous, causing you to turn onto your side.  Do not panic if you wake up in the night on your back, this will not have any adverse effect on the baby.  Indeed if you find it comfortable to sleep on your back then you can continue to do so as long as you like.

I can’t colour my hair whilst I am pregnant!

Yes you can! Though the issue has not been well studied, there’s no evidence that the use hair dye or bleach increases the risk of birth defects.

That said, if you’re still concerned, consider waiting to colour your hair until the second trimester, when your developing baby is less vulnerable. Not enough of the chemical is absorbed through your skin to hurt the baby.  If you are dying your hair at home then be sure to do it in a well ventilated area to minimize the inhalation of chemicals.   If you are concerned about using an all over hair dye then you could consider streaks or highlights.  Also, many hairdressers will use Ammonia-free dye if you request it.

I can’t wear an under-wired Bra when I’m pregnant.

Yes you can!  This concern stems from worries about the wires constricting blood flow and milk production, however you would have to wear a very tight bra for a very long time (after you start to produce milk) for it to make any difference to your milk flow. You may find your old bras a little tight as your breast start to grow and your rib cage expands with the growing baby.  Our advice is to wear a bra that is comfortable for you – whether it is wired or not is unimportant.

I can’t use Fake Tan when I am pregnant!

Yes you can!  The ingredients in fake tan are totally harmless and will not affect the baby!

I can’t go in a Hot Tub whilst I am pregnant!

Yes you can!  Many hot tubs are no different to a hot bath- in fact many are often cooler than a bath. Check the temperature if you can, ideally you should not get much hotter than 100 degrees F or 38 Degrees C.   Just be sensible and don’t let yourself overheat.  Temperatures of over 105 degrees F, or 40 degrees C can damage developing cells and also cause you to over heat and put you at risk of over heating and fainting.

I can’t have an X-ray when I am pregnant!

Yes you can! This does of course depend on the type of X-ray and the amount of radiation you will be exposed to.  A dental X-ray is very safe as are many other diagnostic X-rays, but doctors recommend that any unnecessary are put off until after the birth.

I can’t take Anti-Biotics whilst I am pregnant.

Yes you can!  If you are ill, you must of course tell your doctor you are pregnant and he or she will prescribe anti-biotics that are safe for you to take.

I can’t take Painkillers whilst I am pregnant.

If you have a headache or other kind of pain, it is safe to take Paracetamol.  Just make sure you do not take more than the stated dose on the packet.  It is best to avoid Ibuprofen based products as new research suggests that these products may increase the incidences of birth defects.