Pregnancy

5 Pregnancy Myths That May Have A Little Truth To Them

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Sleeping on your back can make your baby “choke”.

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This one is also true! OK, maybe the choking thing. But laying on your back, especially in late pregnancy when your belly is heavier, can constrict the blood flow from the vena cava vein. This is the main vein that carries blood back to your heart from your lower body. It also supplies blood to the baby. When you sleep on your back, the full weight of your uterus can push down on your intestines and your vena cava. Sleeping on your back for short spurts of time likely won’t do any harm, but pregnant women are advised to avoid sleeping on their back as much as possible in the first trimester, and avoid it completely in their second and third trimesters.

Pregnancy myths can be funny, or weird, or even helpful. They shouldn’t all be taken seriously, not by a long shot. But as we’ve seen here, some of them should, at the very least, be taken under advisement.

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