We all know that TV shows may have taught us about different aspects of pregnancy and child birth and while some of the experiences shown on TV may be true to a certain extent there’s far more that are myths. In the piece below we have separated facts from fiction, so even though you may experience some of the things you’ve seen on television the chances are they certainly won’t be as dramatic!
You may experience cravings like Phoebe from Friends who craved meat during her pregnancy with triplets. But it’s not just food some pregnant mothers crave, chalk and dirt and odd ball things have also been reported. There’s lots of myths about determining the sex of an unborn baby by the cravings the mother has, but these are just myths. Approximately 1 in 3 expectant mothers have cravings, so you may or may not experience them.
Eating for Two
A healthy diet is essential for a healthy pregnancy and baby, but you certainly don’t have to eat for two. This is purely a myth and really shouldn’t be listened to.
Dramatic Waters Breaking
If you’re terrified that your waters will break in a dramatic way you’re not alone. Lots of mothers feel like this and while it can happen it isn’t the norm.
Rushing to Hospital as soon as Water Break
The mad dash across London carried out by Bridget Jones as soon as her water broke isn’t really necessary. Your water breaks once you’re in the active part of labour so you would have already been experiencing contractions and should be preparing to get to the hospital. Of course there are exceptions, so be prepared!
Doctor will Never Leave You
In reality your doctor won’t be with you the whole time, but the midwife will be close to hand and keeping an eye on you and your baby.
You’ll Scream at Your Partner
You won’t necessarily scream at your partner during childbirth. Yes, childbirth can be stressful and sometimes very painful, but you’re not obliged to scream and shout like you see on the television.
Your Partner will Faint
Again your partner fainting is highly unlikely but not unheard of, especially if the baby is exceptionally large.
This is a myth. Yes, you will have to push and sometimes it may seem like hours, but the medical staff will intervene if the labour isn’t progressing as well as it should.
Laying Down is Best
This is definitely a myth. Laying down to give birth is for the doctors convenience, not yours.
You get a Feeling of Euphoria
Not necessarily, many mothers experience postnatal depression or the ‘baby blues’ 3 -5 days after giving birth.
Every pregnancy is unique and special to you. Don’t listen to the myths and ‘old wives tales’, listen to what the medical staff advise and your pregnancy and childbirth should be a rewarding and satisfying experience.