Myth #9: Heartburn Means Your Baby Will Have Lots of Hair
You may have read that pregnant women who have heartburn will have babies who have lots of hair on their heads after birth.
Fact: There could be some truth to this popular belief. Heartburn is a common pregnancy symptom and is due to acid reflux. Eating spicy food can often cause heartburn.
Scientifically, heartburn has nothing to do with your baby’s hair. However, according to a 2006 study published in Birth, there is a correlation between the severity of a pregnant woman’s heartburn and the amount of hair her baby has upon birth. The researchers point out that the same hormones that cause heartburn may also aid in modulation of fetal hair growth.
However, it is also true that women who suffer a lot from heartburn have given birth to bald babies.
Myth #10: Craving Salty Foods Means It’s a Boy & Sugary Foods Means It’s a Girl
According to some, cravings for salty foods indicate a boy is expected, while sugar cravings indicate the baby is a girl.
Fact: There is no scientific research supporting the theory that certain food cravings have any correlation to the sex of a baby.
Cravings during pregnancy refer to the intense urges to eat particular foods. But it is still not known why pregnant women get an urge for specific tastes, textures or flavor combinations.
Some experts believe that it can be due to the rapidly changing hormones in a pregnant woman’s body. It can also happen due to the extra work your body is doing to support the new life growing inside your womb.
Cravings cannot predict the gender of the unborn baby, but you can enjoy these mythical gender predictions just for fun.