Pregnancy

Top 6 Miscarriage Myths

Pregnancy miscarriage is the spontaneous loss of the fetus before the 20th week of pregnancy. One out of five pregnancies ends in miscarriage; miscarriage is much more common than many people realize. There are also many myths about miscarriage. Some of the most common myths are mentioned below.

Common Myths about Miscarriage

Myth1: A sudden fright can hurt your baby

Truth: A baby is very well cushioned and insulated inside your uterus.  An event might scare you off your feet and set your heart racing, but the baby might not even notice. If the baby does notice, and jumps, there is nothing to worry about; he is merely exercising his startle reflex. This is actually a sign that your fetus is growing and developing normally.

Myth2: The baby knew I he was unplanned

Truth: Many people think that feelings of ambivalence toward or anger about a pregnancy can cause miscarriage. While stress can make the normal pains of pregnancy harder for the mother to bear emotions ultimately have no bearing on the outcome of the pregnancy. See myth number 3

Myth3: Stress causes miscarriage

Truth: Being relaxed makes for a more pleasant pregnancy, but if you are like most pregnant women, it is impossible to get through nine months without any emotional disturbances or stress.  You won’t harm your baby by being worried, but if you find ways to relax and you take care of yourself, you’ll enjoy your pregnancy more.

Myth4: Having sex can cause miscarriage

Truth: Having sex can cause some mild uterine contractions.  However, these contractions are not nearly strong enough to have any effect on your baby. If anything, your baby may feel a gentle swaying, which may even rock baby to sleep.  Having sex certainly will not cause a miscarriage in a healthy pregnancy.  There may be certain situations when your doctor may recommend you not have sex, and in those cases it is best to listen to your doctor.  But in the vast majority of pregnancies, there is no reason not to enjoy intimacy with your partner.

Myth5: Carrying your toddler can cause miscarriage

Truth: In a normal, healthy pregnancy, a woman can continue to lift and carry as much weight as she is used to carrying when not pregnant.  Lifting carrying a toddler will not cause miscarriage.  Occasionally a woman with a complicated pregnancy will be told, by her doctor, to avoid lifting anything over five or ten pounds.  Always listen to your doctor. Keep in mind that as your belly grows, your center of gravity will change and you’ll feel clumsy. Also, your ligaments will start to loosen as delivery approaches.  Therefore, you may want to limit how much you lift late in pregnancy, simply to avoid hurting yourself.  Remember to bend your knees to reach an object; never lift with your back, and remember,  carrying your toddler will not cause a miscarriage.

Myth6: Bad eating habits can cause miscarriage

Truth: The baby takes what it needs to grow from your body.  Poor nutrition will not cause a miscarriage, but it can make you feel very tired and can have lasting effects on your body long after delivery.

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