By Jennifer Brandt Herschko
As if you’re not bombarded with enough information and facts while you’re pregnant or in the throes of new motherhood, there are the good old wives tales that strangers (and perhaps friends and family too) feel compelled to tell you. People just can’t help guess the sex of the baby (you’re carrying low – it’s a boy for sure!) or offer unsolicited advice about why cats should never be left near your newborn child (read on to find out why).
Well now it’s time to confirm the facts and dispel the fiction. And to help us set the record straight, we’ve asked our Parents Ask experts, Obstetrician Jason Rothbart (yes, he’s the one who swooped into Namibia to deliver baby Shiloh Pitt) and Pediatrician Cara Natterson, author of the new best-seller, Dangerous or Safe to weigh in.
The top 10 old wives tales told to pregnant women and new mothers (please feel free to comment or add your own!)
1. If you have heartburn your baby will have a lot of hair?.
Jason: While this has no basis in medical fact, many women will stand strongly by this one. The problem is, MOST pregnant women have some level of heartburn, so when their baby is born with a lot of hair, it is very satisfying to say “See, told you!!”