Visit our foundation to give a gift.
View Locations Near Me
Main Campus – Hartford
Connecticut Children’s – Waterbury
Urgent Care – Farmington
Specialty Care Center – Danbury
Connecticut Children’s Surgery Center at Farmington
Specialty Care Center – Fairfield
Search All Locations
Find a doctor
Find A Doctor
Request an Appointment
Amenities and Services
Who’s Who on Care Team
Getting Ready for Surgery
What to Expect—Picture Stories
Pay a Bill
Understanding the Different Fees
Pricing Transparency and Estimates
Raytheon Technologies Family Resource Center
Family Advisory Council
Legal Advocacy: Benefits, Education, Housing
Electronic Health Records
Share Your Story
Pay a Bill
Login to MyChart
Clinical Support Services Referrals
About the Network
Join the Network
Graduate Medical Education
Continuing Medical Education
MOC/Practice Quality Improvement
Educating Practices in the Community (EPIC)
Learning & Performance
Meet our Physician Relations Team
Request Medical Records
Join our Referring Provider Advisory Board
View our Physician Callback Standards
Read & Subscribe to Medical News
Register for Email Updates
Update Your Practice Information
Refer a Patient
Find and Print Health Info
Health Information For Parents
Technology and medicine have transformed the experience of pregnancy for modern women. Prenatal medical testing can indicate the sex of your child, the amount of fluid in your uterus, the weight of your baby before birth, and many other things.
Yet, pregnancy continues to inspire its own set of myths and tales — and parents who wouldn’t dream of skipping a prenatal appointment might wonder whether Great Aunt Sally’s predictions about Junior’s gender could be on the money.
Why would parents choose to follow pregnancy advice from friends and family that isn’t grounded in medical science?
In many cases, hearing predictions about the baby’s sex or how much hair the baby will have is fun and harmless. In some cases, though, it could be harmful to do what a pregnancy myth or tale suggests.
You should beware when a myth:
While pregnancy myths may vary from generation to generation and from region to region, here are a few of the most common:
Fact: Although some experts say that lying down after sex for 20 to 30 minutes can boost your chances of conception because it keeps the sperm inside you, standing on your head has not been proven to aid in conception (and you might hurt your neck while trying to do it!).
Fact: The popular belief that women carrying boys carry low and that women carrying girls carry high just isn’t true. The shape and height of your belly is determined by your muscle tone, uterine tone, the amount of weight you gain, and the position the baby is in. And as a woman who’s pregnant with either a boy or a girl gets closer to delivery, the baby drops lower into the pelvis. So, what’s the most accurate way to determine your baby’s sex? Talk to your doctor about getting an ultrasound.
Fact: A normal fetal heart rate is between 120 and 160 beats per minute (bpm), although some people think if it’s faster (usually above the 140 bpm range) it’s a girl and if it’s slower it’s a boy. But studies don’t show that heart rate is a reliable predictor for a baby’s gender. Your baby’s heart rate will probably differ from prenatal visit to prenatal visit anyway — depending on the age of the fetus and activity level at the time of the visit.
Fact: Every woman gains weight differently during pregnancy, and every woman experiences different skin changes. If people tell you that because your face is round and rosy you’re having a girl, they might be right — but it’s just as likely that they’re wrong!
As you go through your pregnancy, it can be fun to collect and record various people’s tales. However, for medical advice pertaining to pregnancy, you should always consult your doctor first.
And keep in mind that every woman’s pregnancy is different, which means that your doctor can provide you with information tailored toward your personal medical situation. That’s information that friends, family, and strangers at the mall won’t have when they tell you their pregnancy predictions or advice.
So, enjoy the stories — but talk to your doctor before you do anything that could affect the health or well-being of you or your baby.
Advice and information for expectant and new parents.
The sooner in pregnancy good careÂ begins, the better for theÂ health of both moms and their babies. Here’s what to expect.
Every parent-to-be hopes for a healthy baby, but it can be hard not to worry. Find out what tests can keep you informed of your health â and your baby’s â throughout pregnancy.
Here are 10 common surprises that can come with pregnancy.
If you’re a first-time parent, put your fears aside and get the basics in this guide about burping, bathing, bonding, and other baby-care concerns.
During your pregnancy, you’ll probably get advice from everyone. But staying healthy depends on you – read about the many ways to keep you and your baby as healthy as possible.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
© 1995-2019 KidsHealth®. All rights reserved.
Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.