Most women - pregnant or not - have heard countless crazy myths regarding things that can affect your pregnancy. As it turns out, some of them are actually true!
Whether it's staying away from cats, eating certain foods to conceive a boy or a girl, or guessing the sex of a child based on whether a ring on a string swings up-and-down or around in circle - there is no end to the outlandish stories people have created in order to "figure out" the miracle of birth!
While some of these superstitions may appear accurate, many of them turn out to be baseless when held up to what we know about biology.
Then again, there are a few that may seem crazy that actually hold some scientific water!
1. Eat bananas for a boy
Apparently, a high-potassium diet can mean a woman is more likely to give birth to a boy - which is where the myth about bananas began. However, the same can also be concluded about diets rich in sodium and calcium. Yet, it should be noted, altering your diet drastically to influence the sex of your child is not recommended! Babies, like all humans, need a balanced diet to stay healthy.
2. A hairy baby will increase your risk of heartburn
A 2006 study monitored 64 women throughout their pregnancies, ultimately finding a link between these two seemingly unrelated things. While almost all of the mothers studied experienced heartburn, those who recorded more severe heartburn eventually gave birth to babies with more hair. The researchers pegged this down to hormones, claiming the same hormones were responsible for heartburn and hair growth.
3. A long labour often means it's a boy
A team of researchers analysed the deliveries of 8,000 babies, and confirmed there was indeed a difference in the labours, depending on whether the child was a boy or a girl. New York Magazine reports that, on average, women having boys took over six hours to delivery, while little girls took less than six hours to come into the world!
What's more, is that boys recorded a larger number of complications for the mother during labour. While nobody knows exactly why this is, some suspect it comes down to boys typically weighing more.