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Pregnancy Old Wives Tales And Truths

Oftentimes in our 3D ultrasound Toronto clinic we meet expectant parents who present us with curious questions based on something they’ve heard. We decided to compose a fun list of the most common and interesting ones, as well as let you know if there any basis for these old wives tales or not. 

Acid reflux means the baby is hairy:

While this might be the case occasionally, the truth is many babies are born with excessive hair on their bodies. There could even be excessive hair where we usually don’t expect hair: tips of the ears, upper arms etc. This hair is not permanent and will fall out shortly after birth. A person continues to grow hair throughout teenage years and sometimes well into their thirties, so having hair as a newborn is nothing to be worried about. As for reflux, well that could be something you ate, or indeed baby’s development causing discomfort. Mother’s body undergoes a tremendous change during pregnancy, and reflux can just be a part of it. People often ask us if we could see hair on our 3D ultrasound. Although our equipment is state of the art and latest in 3D ultrasound and 4D ultrasound technology, hair is just too fine and small for any ultrasound today to pick up. So no, we can’t really see hair, and unfortunately the only way to tell if the baby has got lots of it is to wait until birth! 

Gender Guessing:

We have seen hundreds of parents come in for gender determination services, and each one is a surprise. Even when one parent feels one way, the other parent would feel differently.  And the shape of the belly isn’t a predicting or deciding factor.

Insert gender picture comment baby boy or girl

Another gender prediction is believed to be connected to baby’s heartbeat. It is said that above 140 bpm means you’re having a girl, and below means boy. This is not only untrue, but also misleading and cause for potential stress. Normal heart rate for babies is 120-160, independent of sex. So when you get you heartbeat plush toys from our studio, for instance,  and get the heart rate number don’t be tempted to jump to conclusions regarding gender- always utilize the proven and much more accurate methods discussed above. 

Today there are a couple of sure ways to know the gender, and one of the fastest and easiest ones is ultrasound.  Remember, there’s only one of two ways that it can go, so someone is bound to be right

No Kitty Play?

It has been said that pregnant women must avoid all contact with cats, and this one actually does have evidence to back it up…mostly. Cats excrete a parasite that can be dangerous for the developing baby, so pregnant women should definitely avoid handling kitty litter with bare hands, as well as all other potential contact with cat poo (letting the cat sit on you, or sleep in your bed, etc.). But it is not to say that you should completely avoid cat contact, jus

Say to no sushi!

Don’t worry, it is not forever, however it is highly recommended to avoid eating raw meat and fish while pregnant, as this has a much larger risk of food-borne diseases that can create a lot of problems for the baby. Stick with fully cooked meals instead, this way chances are higher that that harmful bacteria has been killed with heat.

Stay safe and stay active, and remember to check everything you read and hear before jumping to conclusions! 

We look forward to seeing you at our studio soon!

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