10 Pregnancy Superstitions That Are Old Wives' Tales


Hands Over Head

Throw you hands up in the air  and wave them like you just don’t care! You won’t hurt your baby. gpointstudio/iStock/Thinkstock
Throw you hands up in the air and wave them like you just don’t care! You won’t hurt your baby. gpointstudio/iStock/Thinkstock

The womb is a surprisingly noisy but protective environment for your little miss or mister. So why do myths persist that claim potential fetal injury based on the harmless movements of the mother? I'm talking of course, of the tale that mother raising her arms in the air will cause the umbilical cord to become wrapped around baby's neck. You might be a great knitter, basketball dribbler or painter, but no matter how talented your hands and arms are, they're simply not connected to your child's umbilical cord, and therefore unable to manipulate baby's feeding tube.

Experts insist that umbilical cord issues, which happen in roughly one-third of all pregnancies, are the result of baby's womb acrobatics while still relatively small, since they can't move around all that much once they grow large and in charge [source: BabiesOnline]. Even if your child does experience this complication, it's typically identified and handled with great success thanks to advanced imaging and other diagnostic tools. So throw your hands in the air, and wave 'em like you just don't care – you won't be the cause of an umbilical issue.

Author's Note: 10 Pregnancy Superstitions That Are Old Wives' Tales

When it comes to old wives' tales, I'm a good sport as long as it's all in good fun. I don't find legends of doom and paranoia to be as amusing, since they can unnecessarily place stress on an already worried expectant mother. So predict gender all you want and hypothesize about birthmarks with abandon. That stuff won't hurt anyone!

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