Facts & Myths
When you will conceive, you will be bombarded with several myths about pregnancies that you may find difficult to believe. All this information can be overwhelming, downright frightening and a lot of times misleading
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Girl or Boy.. these are some fun ways of guessing who's gonna come out of your tummy!!
Finding it diffcult to wait for the pregnancy tenure to end and discover whether you are carrying a girl or a boy? Yes, most of us want to know as soon as possible whether it is going to be a boy or a girl. Welcome to the wonderful world of old wives’ tales gender prediction where you can take 15 easy and somewhat interesting tests to help you figure out if you’re having a boy or a girl. Whether you’re patiently awaiting the arrival of your little one or you’ve already had bub, come and see just how accurate these gender guessing tests really are. Therefore, here is the time to play ‘Guess the Gender’ with these 15 tests given below: 1. How’s your tummy holding up?- Vomiting, nauseous and spending half your days in the toilet. It’s a girl! Feeling okay? Then it’s a boy. 2. Check your hands- Dry, cracked and peeling like a snake? It’s a boy! Soft and smooth? It’s a girl! 3. What was bub’s heart rate?- When you had your dating scan you probably were allowed to listen to bub’s heart rate. If it was over 140 beats per minute (bpm) then it’s said you’re having a girl. If the bpm were less than 140, then it’s a boy. 5. Grab your breasts- Which one is bigger? If it’s the left, then legend suggests boy. If the right is a little larger, then it’s a girl. 6. Monitor date of conception- This one may actually have some truth to it (but, maybe not). Experts such as Dr. Shettles, suggests that if you had sex and conceived before ovulation, chances are it’s a girl. If you conceived on the day of ovulation or 48 hours after, then it’s a boy! 7. Look to the Mayans- The Mayans also have a gender prediction chart which uses the odd/even system to determine the sex. Check the year of conception (for example, 2016) with mum’s age at conception (32). If both numbers are even or if both are odd, then it’s a girl. If one is even and one odd, then it’s a boy. 8. Check out the belly- Carrying low and out front? Then it’s a boy. Carrying high and all over? Then it’s a girl. 9. Do you have ‘The Glow’?- If so, then it’s a boy. If, instead of a fresh glow, you’re sweaty and covered in acne, then it’s suggested to be a girl. 10. Consider your sleeping situation- If you prefer to toss, turn and end up sleeping on your left side, then legend suggests it’s a boy. If you favour sleeping on your right side, then it’s a gir.l 11. Think back to your sexy time position- You probably can’t pinpoint the exact moment you fell pregnant, especially if you were actively trying or simply like to have sex more than once a week. But, if you can remember, Dr. Shettles suggests that doing it doggy style (or a position with deeper penetration) increases the odds of having a boy. If you conceived in missionary position, odds are it’s a girl! 12. Pee in a cup- Add a small amount of bicarb soda to the bottom. If the combination of urine and soda fizzles, then it’s a boy. If it doesn’t, then it’s a girl. 13. Pick up a key- Without thinking, pick up a key. Legend has it that if an expectant mum reaches for the top part of the key, it’s a girl. If mum grabs for the narrow part, it’s a boy. 14. Check which way your ring swings- Take off your wedding (or any other) ring and tie it to a piece of string or hair. Dangle the ring over your stomach while lying on your back and see which way it swings. If the ring swings back and forth (like a pendulum), then it’s a boy. If the ring swings in a circular motion, it’s a girl. 15. Consider the Chinese gender chart Dated more than 700 years ago (and thought to be found buried in a royal tomb) the chart uses a mother’s age at the time of conception and the month of conception to determine gender. Content Source Featured image source
Are you having some strange dreams? Here's why?
Managing sleep during pregnancy can be extremely tough. You have to get up to pee, you’re tossing and turning on the bed, and you can' find a comfortable sleeping position.Now to add to all this, heart-pounding and vivid dreams make things even more difficult and stressful. But there are various reasons for this: Particularly in the third trimester women complain of vivid dreams. The medical reasons for this are: 1. Hormonal changes- When pregnant, your body produces more progesterone and estrogen. These hormonal changes impact how your brain processes information and emotions, which can disrupt sleep. Because of similar hormonal shifts, PMS has a similar affect on your ability to sleep. (source) 2. Changes in REM cycle- As your pregnancy progresses, the amount of deep sleep you get decreases and REM (rapid eye movement) sleep increases. According to Dr. Sears, REM cycle affects your dreams because: This state of sleep encourages more dreams, because your brain is more active. Since you’re more aware of your environment and arouse from sleep more easily during REM cycles, you’re more likely to remember your dreams. 3. Stress- You’ve got a lot on your mind, mama! Stress is a natural part of pregnancy as you adjust to so many new changes, but it can lead to insomnia and interrupted sleep. Studies show that daily stress can affect our ability to get a good night’s sleep and that people who feel stressed report more frequent dreams. 4. Heightened emotions of pregnancy- There are a lot of reasons your emotions are heightened during pregnancy—after all, you’re bringing a new life into this world! Even if you’re not stressed or fearful, excitement can send your mind spinning in a million different directions. And research proves that lack of sleep compromises our brain’s ability to regulate emotions. Since dreams help us work through our emotions, you’re more likely to have more dreams when you feel overwhelmed. Pregnancy Dreams Decoded Now that you know why your pregnancy dreams are more vivid, you’re probably wondering what those dreams mean. Does a positive pregnancy test dream really mean you’re pregnant? If you dream you’re having a girl, is that really predictive of the baby’s sex? Is there any truth to common interpretations of pregnancy dreams? Dreams about conceiving If you’re dreaming about being pregnant or conceiving, but haven’t yet gotten your BFP, it could be your mind’s way of clueing you in. (Though there are no studies to support this theory!) A dream about conceiving could also symbolize a new project or phase in your life that you’re thinking of starting. Dreams about the sex of the baby In one study, women were more likely to correctly guess their baby’s gender if the prediction was based on psychological criteria (feelings or dreams), as opposed to old wives’ tales (lack of morning sickness or belly shape, for example). Dreams about the baby’s sex aren’t foolproof—they can be influenced by social and cultural factors—but there could be some accuracy to them. Dreams about labor Dreams about being in labor could mean you’re anxious or worried about giving birth. It could also mean that you’re ready for changes in your life, or are actually on the verge of giving birth. A dream about labor could also symbolize bringing a new project to fruition. Dreams about something happening to the baby Pregnancy dreams can be a result of heightened emotions, so it makes sense that you may dream about something happening to the baby, both in utero and after birth. Pregnant women’s nightmares often involved miscarriages or still births, Dr. Sheldon Roth, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and a dream expert, told NBC. “People use dreams as a way of problem solving and adapting to new circumstances. These parents are simply using their dreams to mentally sort out a huge life change.” Dreams about forgetting the baby The same sleep researcher found that expectant and new mothers commonly have dreams about forgetting or losing the baby, because new memories are organized and stored during sleep.These dreams don’t indicate anything about your ability to parent, they’re just a sign that your brain is still connecting all of the dots. Dreams about you or the baby as an animal “Animals almost invariably represent instincts when we meet them in dreams,” Jungian analyst Barbara Hannah told Psychology Today. Dreaming of your baby as an animal reflects your instinctual role as mama bear, and dreaming of yourself as an animal reflects your protective instincts. Dreams about love affairs with an ex or another partner These types of dreams don’t mean you have any desire or intention to be unfaithful. Much more likely, they’re a sign that you fear how your relationship with your partner may change once the baby is born. These dreams could also be about feeling uncomfortable with your expanding body during pregnancy and wanting to still feel desirable. So What Do These Dreams REALLY Mean? Dreams are our mind’s way of working through fears and anxiety. Some say bits and pieces of dreams can be attributed to intuition or can even feel transcendent, but that doesn’t mean the scarier dreams are foreboding premonitions.However, what you can take care of is listed here: You Should Avoid: Stimulants such as caffeine, chocolate, or tea too close to bedtime Violent movies and TV shows Exposure to any screens within two hours of bedtime (The blue light is too stimulating) Heated discussions close to bedtime Exercise within a few hours of going to sleep Eating a large meal within three hours of bedtime You should try: Taking a bath Spraying your pillow with lavender mist Meditating Light stretching Content Source Feature Image Source
Are eclipses harmful during pregnancy?
In the Indian culture, a lunar or solar eclipse is considered to be harmful for a pregnant woman. It is also believed that if a pregnant woman goes out of her house during an eclipse, the development of her baby might be affected and he/she may be born with a mental or physical deformity. Although there is no evidence to prove this scientifically, but it isn’t possible to ignore the beliefs of our ancestors and take any risks. Pregnant women are forbidden to face the direct rays of the moon or the sun and so the best advice for them is to stay indoors. Many women argue that nothing is proven and that it doesn’t matter but there is definitely no harm in staying indoors for the sake of your child. Getting exposed to the direct rays of the moon or the sun might not necessarily cause a birth defect but it can certainly have an irreversible effect on your eyesight. Apart from staying indoors, there are many other myths regarding eclipses and pregnant women - Myth - Refrain from using any sharp objects such as a knife, needle or a scissors during the eclipse. This is so because it is believed that any wound that you get during this time takes more time to heal. Reality – Since there is no scientific proof of this, your wound will heal depending upon the time your blood takes to clot and nothing else! Myth - Do not eat or drink anything during the eclipse Reality - Staying without food or water for a long time can affect your health adversely and lead to stomach ache, headache, acidity, and fatigue. Myth - One should not touch their belly during the eclipse as it can give an ugly birthmark to the baby Reality – Birthmarks can be genetic or caused due to pigmentation and not due to an eclipse. Myth – It is essential to take a bath once the eclipse is over so that all negative energy can be warded off. Reality – Firstly an eclipse causes changes in the gravitational force of the earth and not any kind of energies and secondly, just taking a bath doesn’t help to remove negative energies! Myth - Some beliefs say that you need to take as much rest as possible while the eclipse is going on and some say that one should not sleep. Reality – Take rest if you need to. If the eclipse goes on for 4-6 hours, it can be very tiring to stay awake and it won’t always be possible to sleep that long if the eclipse takes place during the day time. Myth - All the food that was prepared before the eclipse started should be discarded. Reality – It might not be possible to do this if you’re packing yourself a lunch for the office! The one thing that you can do is to cover all the windows of your room with a thick newspaper or draw the curtains so that the rays of the sun or the moon cannot penetrate. Now that you know what you can and cannot do during an eclipse, just take care of yourselves and stay happy since that is the real mantra for a healthy pregnancy and a happy baby! Featured Image Source
Baby sleep facts and myths every parent should know
During the first few weeks, newborn babies are asleep more than they are awake. A baby’s sleep needs are, on average, between 16 and 22 hours per 24-hour period. It varies a lot among babies, but it can also vary from day to day for the same baby. As a new parent, you might think that you’ve found a routine at the beginning. But it’s common that this changes frequently. The duration of your baby’s sleep periods can also change. On some days their waking and sleeping times are longer, and on other days your baby might sleep more but for shorter periods of time. Here are some facts related to baby's sleep: NEWBORN SLEEP PERIODS ARE SHORT A newborn baby usually sleeps around 18-20 hours a day. This sounds like a comfortable existence for new parents, doesn’t it? But then why do many new parents experience such a lack of sleep in the early days? It probably has to do with the duration of the sleep periods. A newborn sleeps for a while, is awake for a while and then falls asleep again. And it can be this way around the clock during the first few weeks. Eventually the baby will adapt to ‘our’ circadian rhythm, remaining awake for longer periods of time during the day and sleeping for several hours at night Just as with adults, a baby’s sleep is made up of different cycles of deep and light sleep. “A newborn does not sleep deeply all the time, but instead switches between sleeping deeply, being drowsy and sleeping lightly. In between, the baby is either awake and lively, alert and cranky, or screaming and crying.” FEELINGS OF HUNGER AND BEING FULL CONTROL HOW A NEWBORN SLEEP. In the first few weeks, food and sleep dominate the newborn’s world. Eating takes a lot of energy, making your baby tired and so making them fall asleep. And when they wake up again, hunger is often the cause. Newborn babies sleep according to their own internal clock and fall asleep when they need to. A change usually takes place around 4-7 weeks, when your baby begins to become curious about its surroundings and may sometimes need to be soothed to fall asleep. NEWBORNS FOLLOW THEIR SLEEP RHYTHM FROM THE WOMB So much of everything that happens when a baby is born is cleverly designed by nature. But the fact that newborn babies have a different circadian rhythm than their parents is less ingenious. No one is really sure why. Newborns tend to stick with the sleep pattern they had in the womb, sometimes a week after birth, sometimes up to several months. Almost all babies in the womb are more awake and active during the late evening and night, and sleep soundly during early morning and morning Naturally, this poses a challenge for many new parents. “Of course, it feels frustrating when your baby is awake when you want to sleep. But be patient when it comes to sleep – your baby will gradually begin to sleep longer through the night. A one-year-old will definitely have outgrown their newborn sleep cycle. There’s no user manual to follow when it comes to newborn sleep. But she’s happy to share some good pieces of advice and tips for new parents. Getting constant advice from your parents, in-laws, and friends about your baby’s sleep cycle? For new parents, one of the hardest things to do is understand how to manage to get some rest while making sure that the baby is resting enough too. You are probably overwhelmed at the thought that you are not going to get any shuteye once the baby arrives. What you need is the right information about good sleep and your baby. In fact, there are several myths about sleeping babies that you need to know about to ensure that your baby gets all the rest that he needs in these growing years. Myth 1: You get to decide when your baby sleeps and for how long. Newborn babies spend most of their time sleeping. That said, they will only sleep when their body is ready. Their waking up depends entirely on cues such as hunger or wetness of the diaper. Instead of creating a schedule, it is best that you follow your baby’s cues to ensure that he is well rested. Myth 2: Babies can be allowed to sleep on the side Sleeping on the back is not safe for babies as it can lead to them rolling over onto their stomach. This increases the risk of issues like Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. In fact, a campaign called “Back to Sleep” was initiated to urge parents to put babies to sleep on their back for safer and sounder sleep. Myth 3: Swaddling does not help put the baby to sleep Swaddling is one of the best and most tested techniques to get your baby to sleep. This is exceptionally calming for the baby. The only issue is that a tight wrap around the baby can lead to overheating. In addition to that, knowing the right position to swaddle the baby also makes all the difference. Learning this from your pediatrician can be very useful in helping your baby fall asleep faster. This is indeed not an outdated method as most people may suggest. Myth 4: If your baby sleeps in the car or during a stroll, it does not count. What matters is that your baby should have a sound sleep. This can even be away from his crib, and he will still get as much rest as he needs. If you notice that your baby has fallen asleep in an area outside the crib, you need to put him back in. Allow the baby to wake up on his own before you change his place of sleep. Myth 5: Babies sleep better when you add some rice cereal to their feeding bottle. This method is not proven to have any effect on the sleep cycle of children. In fact, it can also be quite risky to give your baby rice cereal when they are too young. Babies are unable to digest it until they are at least four months old. Content source Featured image source