India is a land of many myths and fantasies. And these little quirks have been passed down from one generation to another. So how could pregnancy remain untouched? Right from the mother-in-law asking to keep your pregnancy a little secret to not stepping out during an eclipse, we have all grown up with these myths. And what makes it even more fascinating is we end up following them, as we don't wish to upset our elders or parents. Google search Indian myths and the fourth drop down that pops up are those related to pregnancy.
Myth: "Look at you! You are glowing, it's definitely a girl"
Truth: Pregnant women produce 50 per cent more blood, resulting in more blood circulation, resulting in a beautiful glow on her face. (Research by American Pregnancy Association)
Myth: "Don't bathe in hot water, it's not good for the baby."
Truth: Bathing in warm water is perfectly fine for you and your baby. Just make sure there is someone to assist you to step in and out of the bath.
Myth: "Drink lots of milk and have coconut water, your child will come out fairer"
Truth: While we think it is very healthy to drink milk and coconut water, it will certainly not make your baby any fairer. Your genes determine your baby's complexion.
Myth: "Have lots of ghee, you will have a normal delivery"
Truth: Nothing can ensure a normal delivery. Eat right, eat healthy and include some exercise in your day-to-day life.
Myth: "Don't move around too much"
Truth: Of course, rigorous physical activities should be avoided. However, some light exercises under the guidance of an expert are absolutely necessary.
Myth: "No sesame seeds! They can lead to a miscarriage."
Truth: Indians consider sesame as an ingredient that produces heat in the body, which might be harmful. No scientific study till date has suggested the same.