OB-GYNs Debunk 25 Pregnancy Myths

OB-GYNs Debunk 25 Pregnancy Myths


Laura Riley: Oh, this is my favorite. “Pregnant women need
to eat twice as much.” Absolute myth. Don’t do it. You really actually only need
about 200 extra calories a day over a normal American diet. And that’s assuming that
you’re starting pregnancy at a normal weight. “Sex during pregnancy hurts the baby.” Well… Dena Goffman: “Cocoa butter
prevents stretch marks.” This is a myth. I’m Laura Riley. I’m a high-risk OB at New York-Presbyterian
Hospital/Weill Cornell. I’m Dena Goffman. I’m a high-risk OB at New
York Presbyterian/Columbia. This is so exciting, wondering what’s gonna come next. Riley: I know, I know. Goffman: Oh, my favorite. “It’s OK to drink a glass of
wine when you’re pregnant.” We know that the recommendation
in pregnancy is that you really should not consume any alcohol. Unfortunately, there is
no safe amount of alcohol nor a safe time in pregnancy
when we can be sure that alcohol won’t affect
a developing fetus. Riley: Also, I think it’s important to add that we don’t think it’s safe to drink while you’re breastfeeding, either, because the alcohol does
get into breast milk. And as Dr. Goffman said, we don’t know what the safe
amount is, and that safe amount may actually change for different women. Goffman: “Your belly
reveals the baby’s gender.” We certainly hear patients
coming in to see us and having heard or
having family members say that they can tell whether
you’re having a boy or a girl based on how
the woman’s belly looks. And we know that there
is absolutely no evidence that the shape of your belly can tell us this type of information. Riley: The other myth that
goes along with gender I think is the heart rate is high or low. My patients always say that,
you know, they come in, oh, it’s 160, it must be girl. Like, no. If it’s 160, it
means the kid’s moving a lot, and if it’s sleeping it’s going to be 120. So it doesn’t tell you
whether it’s a girl or boy. Goffman: “Cocoa butter
prevents stretch marks.” This is a myth. While cocoa butter is something that many patients like to use, we don’t have any
evidence that cocoa butter or anything else that we can recommend will prevent stretch marks. Riley: It’s probably
genetic, and, essentially, if you gain too much weight in one spot, i.e. your pregnancy gets really big, you’re more likely to get
stretch marks, unfortunately. But it’s not worth spending a ton of money on expensive creams,
because it’s not gonna work. That was cheery. “You can give a cold to
your developing baby.” This is a complete myth. Your baby is not gonna get the cold. Although your baby can get sick if you get something like the flu, which is why we tell
you to get a flu shot, to prevent your baby
from getting really sick. There are some illnesses you can transfer to your baby, but probably not a cold. I think people get the
cold and the flu confused, which is unfortunate because the flu can make you really sick in pregnancy. Goffman: “What you eat during pregnancy can influence the baby’s palate.” Riley: I don’t think there
is a shred of evidence to support that. I think that what you eat
during pregnancy is important because it does sort of, you know, set your baby off to a good start in terms of its overall
nutrition and good health. But it’s probably not gonna
change the baby’s palate. Goffman: We always talk about
nutrition and food choices and healthy weight gain, which really can have long-term impact on your baby’s development,
but not specifically the palate or what they have a taste for. Riley: “Pregnant women
shouldn’t drink coffee.” That’s a myth. You can drink coffee. This is one where moderation
is the most important thing. In the first trimester, having
excessive amounts of coffee have been associated with a
higher risk of miscarriage. Once that first trimester is over, should you go crazy with the coffee? Probably not. But it’s not gonna harm anything. Goffman: “Pregnant women
shouldn’t eat hot dogs.” So, this is a myth. I think the concern
with hot dogs are a few. You want to make sure
that they are well cooked to avoid infection risk. And there used to be a
fair amount of conversation about the amount of nitrites in hot dogs, but I think the evidence suggests
that unless you’re eating really excessive amounts of hot dogs, that it’s probably OK to enjoy one. I think there are probably things better than hot dogs
to eat, nutritionally, but I think if people
enjoy one once in a while, I don’t have a problem with it. Riley: You’re way nicer than I am. I’m not sure why anybody’s
eating hot dogs, frankly, but, you know, you can
have one in pregnancy, but I think it’s really important to make sure that it’s cooked, because the concern about
listeria is a real concern. So, that includes the hot dogs, the unpasteurized cheeses, the deli meats. All of those things are
things that we worry about. So I think, you know. Yeah, it’s a myth that
you can’t eat hot dogs, but you should be certain
that it’s cooked well. “Pregnant women shouldn’t
eat smoked salmon.” That’s a myth. You can eat smoked salmon if you like it. I’m not a lover of salmon, so. Goffman: I love it. You can eat smoked salmon. This gets into concerns
around fish consumption in pregnancy, which is a huge topic. And we talk to our patients about the risk of various types of fish. So, we want to avoid fish
with high mercury content. So typically that would be
avoiding excessive tuna, choosing chunk-light, canned tuna, and also limiting the number
of cans of tuna in a week. There is also some concern
about some of these oily fish, I guess, about the potential for toxins. And so I would say salmon
in general may fall into that category, but
smoked salmon I think is safe for pregnant women to eat. Riley: The whole fish story is a little blown out of proportion. And I think people get really crazy about this whole mercury thing. I would say it’s important
to also recognize, though, that fish has great
nutritional value to it that pregnant women and
babies need and want. So it is unfortunate that
somehow the fish story has resulted in people thinking,
“I can’t have any fish.” It’s really the large steak fishes where you’re worried about the mercury. But then, don’t forget
that something like salmon is gonna give you the
DHEAS, which you want. Goffman: “Pregnant women
shouldn’t pet cats.” This is a myth. This would be terrible
if all pregnant women in the world couldn’t pet
their pets, their cats. There is a concern with
pregnant women caring for cats in terms of the litter box, and really the risk is toxoplasmosis. And the risk of exposure
isn’t with interacting with your cat, but with
changing a dirty litter box. Riley: It is actually
fairly rare in the US for women to come into
contact with toxoplasmosis. The more important thing
about sort of the cat stories, everyone worries about the
cat and the kitty litter; the most common exposure that women get to toxoplasmosis is actually not the cat or the liter even. It’s not washing your garden vegetables, because it’s the cat that has the toxin that poops in your garden and then you pick that up and eat it because you don’t wash it or whatever. So, gardening without gloves are things that we tell pregnant women to avoid because of that particular infection. The cat’s got a bad rap, unfortunately. “Pregnant women shouldn’t fly.” Total myth, get on the
plane, have a good time. That said, there are a few things to think about when flying. I think one of the major
issues is that pregnant women are at increased risk
for getting a blood clot either in their leg or their lung. When you fly, the air is dry. You’re also more likely just to be sitting for a prolonged period of time. And that just further increases your risk for getting a blood clot. So I always tell pregnant
women, be happy, go ahead. Go on those trips. But you should hydrate before you go. You should wear support hose or at least, like, you
know, running tights or something that gives
you a little bit of support in your legs. You should get up and walk
around every hour or so. People worry about the air pressure, which makes no sense because
it’s a pressurized cabin. That doesn’t do anything, you’re not gonna break your water. And they also worry about going
through the screener, right? Everybody’s worried about the radiation going through the screener, but in fact the radiation
exposure is actually higher when you’re in the sky
in the plane than it is when you’re walking quickly through the security. Goffman: “Exercise during
pregnancy can strangle the baby.” This is a myth. Exercise is actually strongly
recommended during pregnancy. All of our professional organizations, all of us as providers talk to patients about maintaining physical activity, maintaining exercise
throughout the pregnancy, really unless there’s a medical situation that comes up that changes
those recommendations. So, exercise is not dangerous. And in fact, the opposite. It’s really important. Riley: I think also this
whole strangling thing comes from this crazy nonsense
that if you get yourself into certain yoga positions, your baby can strangle itself. You don’t have any control over the position your baby gets into. The baby is floating in a pool of water. And it doesn’t matter whether
you’re doing a headstand or you’re just, like, chilling. “Sex during pregnancy hurts the baby.” Well, that’s a big myth. And it also helps to understand sort of the anatomy a little bit. I think this is where patients
get a little bit confused. The baby is floating
inside a pool of water, a big balloon bag. And that balloon bag is
surrounded by thick muscle, which is the uterus,
surrounds the entire bag and has, actually, a thicker
portion at the bottom. So there’s just no way that sex is gonna get even near the baby. Goffman: Dyeing your hair
is harmful for the baby. This is another big myth. And we get phone calls about it. Lots of questions. There is no evidence, and again, we keep coming back to evidence because that’s what we
look to as your physicians. And there really is no evidence out there that the things that we use
for hair-dyeing reach the baby or have the potential to cause harm. Riley: The other thing about the hair dye, frankly, I tell people, if it’s
gonna make you feel better, that’s really important
because, for a lot of us, how we look and how we present ourselves really has a lot to do with
our psychological state. And you want that to be as healthy as possible during pregnancy. “There are simple tricks to
overcome morning sickness.” I think that that’s a myth in the sense that none of those things
were probably simple. But I think there are ways to sort of decrease the
painfulness of morning sickness. The first thing is that
the morning sickness can last all day, so the whole “morning” thing
is a myth in and of itself. But that said, some of the things that you can do to help it: Try and start the day with
something really simple, like soda crackers, the
minute you get out of bed. Saltines, something really bland. Stay away from the smells, the smells are going to make you sicker. I think the biggest
thing that I’ve learned over the course of my career, and had personal
involvement with this one, is we tell people to stay hydrated and so they go after the water bottle. And stay away from the water. The water makes you sick,
I don’t understand it, but it makes you sick. So, what I tell patients is put
everything over crushed ice. That way you’ll get the water but you’re not actually
drinking it and gulping air as you’re drinking out of a water bottle. The things that I would put over ice, I would say lemonade, and ginger ale, letting some of the fizz
out, will help as well. Lemon Popsicles, lemon
slush, lemon Italian ice. The reason I say lemon is because lemon helps cut the nausea as well. I think the other critical thing for morning sickness is it’s important to go out every day. I think sometimes what happens is you feel a little bit nauseous, then you feel worse, then
you start to feel depressed, and then you can’t get yourself
moving because you’re tired. And that’s the worst thing you can do is to sort of give in to it. I think it’s important to
get outside, walk around, even if it’s just down the block and back. Goffman: “C-sections are always necessary for breech births.” So, this is a myth,
although I think most of us think C-sections are the most common and the safest way to deliver a singleton. So, a single baby in
labor, especially at term. So there are certainly situations that we need to be able
to individualize for. Often we’ll talk to patients with twins. If the second twin is breech, that may be a great option for them. And I think there are rare situations where a woman comes in in labor where we may recommend and or support a vaginal breech delivery for a singleton. Riley: I think in order to support a vaginal breech delivery, you need to have a provider
who has experience doing that. And, you know, the
reality is that in the US, the number of providers that
are able to do those safely is definitely diminishing, almost to none. I think the other option though, which I think we should
put out there on the table, is a version which is if you know the baby is
breech and you’re at term, is coming in for a procedure where we, under ultrasound guidance,
turn the baby to head-down. “If you sit all day,
you’ll have a breech baby.” Total myth. If you sit all day, you’ll
gain a lot of weight and you’ll have back pain, but your baby will do whatever
your baby is gonna do. Most babies are not breech at full term. So, only about, is it like 3% of babies are gonna be breech at full term. Those babies are gonna turn multiple times until they get to around 36 or 37 weeks. And so it has nothing to do with whether you’re running a marathon or you’re sitting on your bottom. Goffman: “Pregnant women should
sleep on their left side.” I think pregnant women should
sleep how they’re comfortable, although we know that women,
as they get more pregnant into the second and certainly
in the third trimester, may not be able to sleep
flat on their back. And that’s because as the
pregnancy grows, the fetus grows, the uterus grows, the
weight that the uterus will put on your blood vessels and some other structures may make that really uncomfortable and
not ideal for the baby. So women can sleep on their left side, they can sleep on their right side, they can sleep on their
back, tilted a little bit. But we usually aren’t so strict as to say left side only. Riley: I think people
worry that, oh, my gosh, I woke up and I’m flat on
my back, did I kill my baby? You didn’t kill your baby. If you sleep flat on your
back, as Dr. Goffman said, the structure we’re most worried about is the inferior vena cava, so it’s this big blood
vessel bringing blood back up to your heart and your head. And most people are gonna
get really nauseous, right? And light-headed and feel weird. And so you’ll naturally turn, so you don’t have to wake
yourself up to do it. “Your hair and skin look
better when you’re pregnant.” Ha, I wish. Your hair might look better, I guess? Your skin probably won’t
necessarily look better. Some women say they glow. I think that they’re…[laughs]
they’re dreaming. Unfortunately, the high
progesterone levels that you get when you’re pregnant to support the pregnancy actually
can really bring out acne that you haven’t seen since
you were 13 years old, and all the expensive creams in the world are not gonna fix that. So I wouldn’t suggest that
you spend your money on it. Goffman: “Pregnant women get flexible.” You know, we recognize there
are lots of changes going on in women’s bodies when they’re pregnant, but I wouldn’t say that getting
flexible is one of them. There are certain things that happen in terms of your posture,
how you stand, and definitely some relaxation of
different parts of your body to prepare your pelvis to be
able to have a vaginal birth. But I don’t think that sort
of traditional flexibility is what we typically see. “Eating spicy foods will induce labor.” Riley: Ha! Goffman: So, if this were
true, that would be wonderful because we could help women
induce labor when we wanted to. Unfortunately, we haven’t
been able to come up with any particular food or
physical activity or drink or supplement that
actually can induce labor. We have medications to
use to induce labor, but as far as we’ve been able to tell, there is no evidence
that any of those things that women may want to try
actually will be effective. Riley: I think people are
just looking for something to get out of Dodge at 40 weeks, which I can totally relate to. Goffman: Yeah. [laughing] It’s not going to hurt. Riley: It’s probably not going to hurt. The spicy food probably won’t hurt. You can do whatever you want,
but your baby’s in charge. Just remember that. Goffman: “Yoga can induce labor.” We think there are a lot of benefits to potentially doing yoga and
participating in pregnancy, but inducing labor isn’t one of them. Certainly more women are using yoga, which may help with relaxation,
may help with stress relief, may help with stretching. And so I think there are a lot of reasons why yoga may be a great
thing to participate in, but there’s no evidence
that it induces labor. Riley: If only. “Yoga makes labor smoother.” I think, overall, exercise probably gives you a better labor in the sense that it is
usually more efficient. But yoga itself, not
necessarily making it smoother. Goffman: There are some things
about yoga that are similar to other labor preparation or childbirth preparation things, right? Breathing, mindfulness,
I think are similar to some childbirth preparation things. So I think, in that sense, some
of those things may help you to be more centered, be able to focus, be able to use some of
those strategies to help, but certainly not make
labor itself smoother. “Natural births are better.” So, this is a myth. There are certainly women who spend time thinking about what they’d like their
birth experience to be like. And I think for some women, natural birth, and the way we think about
that is usually birth without pain medication,
and for some women, this may be a wonderful
experience, but we all know that we need to individualize
the care for our patients. And for many women, a natural
birth may not be better. There may be real medical benefits, depending on the situation
and underlying condition, to having pain medication,
to having an epidural. Riley: I’m a huge fan of natural
childbirth, I have to say, but I do think that it
takes some preparation, and I think it takes mental preparation, and I think that it’s not better or worse. I also think there’s
another myth associated with natural childbirth, which
is that if you’re induced you have to have anesthesia
because the pain is worse. The pain is bad whether we
give you the contractions or your kid gives you the contractions or it happens naturally, whatever. It’s painful. And some people can cope better because they’ve practiced mindfulness or hypnobirthing or whatever. And then sometimes people
can just cope better because it’s faster. But again, I think it’s all about everybody can make
their own birth choices. I love this one. “There are ways to predict
your exact due date.” When we give you your due date, it’s plus or minus two weeks. And the reason is because
your kid’s in charge of when you go into labor. We are not. Though, I have to say, are
much more precise in knowing what your dates are than we used to be because we use ultrasound,
early, early ultrasounds, so much more frequently. Obviously, there are those
people who have done IVF, and they know even more. But again, even if you
know when it all started, you do not know when it will all end. Because the person who
knows that is your baby and we can’t at the moment
talk to that person. Goffman: This is so exciting, wondering what’s gonna come next. Riley: I know, I know.

100 comments

  1. Unfortunately, I think this video makes you more paranoid instead of less so. They basically debunk a lot of stuff and then give you a reason for why it may be harmful afterall.

  2. crazy fact: I have had severe chronic telogen effluvium from since I was a Young teenager. Now, pregnant on month 6 my hair loss has dropped from 250-280 hairs a day, to just 10.

  3. I’m pregnant and water absolutely makes me sick to my stomach but I’m always so thirsty so that crushed ice tip really helped

  4. Thank you for the video. I've got one question how much water should a pregnant woman drink, especially if it makes me feel sick?

  5. I’ve always thought the fish thing was so extra and plan on eating it when I crave it. Also cats are disgusting weather you’re pregnant or not. Just wash your hands and keep your home clean

  6. I like how what is standard is so different between countries. In France, pregnant women can drink wine (in moderation, of course). In Japan, the only warning against sushi is to make sure it's from a fresh source (ie no supermarket sushi). Again, in moderation. It's the idiots who can't moderate themselves that make these things a blanket no-go rule in the U.S. because there is always those handful of cases that ruin it for everyone else.

  7. My husband hasnt changed the litter box once since I've been pregnant. Hes determined for me to clean it after I give birth. Um currently I have two more weeks until my due date and still nothing. Thank goodness the cat is mainly an outdoor cat.

  8. I'm pregnant right now and I don't know what it is either but water makes me so nauseous! I'm into my second trimester now and even still, I can't drink too water because it could still trigger me.

    Unfortunately though I'm more drawn to soda now because the fizziness makes my stomach feel better.

  9. Ladies please don’t get the flu shot. It is unsafe in non pregnant women..much less safe in pregnant women. I had the flu a couple of weeks before giving birth and my symptoms and fever only lasted 3 days. I don’t ever get a flu shot and I refused to take tamiflu and just dealt with fever by taking Tylenol. I was back to normal in 4 days and my baby is perfectly healthy. Also it’s ironic how much they advise us to stay away from a lot of mercury yet the amount of mercury found in vaccines is insanely high. You don’t have to listen to me. Just read the side effects in vaccine inserts and you’ll find that they’re unsafe. You’re your baby’s best advocate. Good day.

  10. I know they said better hair and skin was a myth, but I don't really think it is because I had severe acne since about 5th grade. Completely went away once I got pregnant, and came back after labor, lol. As for my hair… it splits every time I turn my head, so maybe that part is a myth lol. Then again, I did dye my hair because it was bleached prepreg, then my roots came in, so I used some brown dye so it could be over processing and not the baby.

  11. I feel like the #1 myth should be: Learning all the facts you can about pregnancy and childbirth will prevent stress and guarantee an easy life for you and your child, lol

  12. So I have read in we are our brain from dick swaab that a epidural will lower the bond between the baby and the mom, because the oxytocine that is produced while the head of the baby passes the vagina wont pass threw to the brain of the mom. So you are saying this isnt true?????

  13. Both my pregnancies where different, now that my kids are older, I tend to disagree with the myth surrounding what you eat during pregnancy doesn’t influence your child’s future palette. I had very different cravings between the two pregnancies and to the letter my children have ever since starting solids been obsessed with the foods I craved & ate most during the pregnancy 🤔

  14. My 2nd baby was at term and breach. I was not in labor but was scheduled to be induced. Dr walked in, said "Baby is breach and we don't deliver breach." Then walked out. My husband, mom, and myself were so scared and confused as to what was going on. If I ever have another baby I am NOT going back to that hospital.

  15. Hey just cause 1 thing works for someone doesn't make it true. Also Ms. Dula? yeah you in the comments please keep all your criticism to your self you probably have no actual hand-ons medical training as it's not a requirement to get your certificate. I'm not trying to shot on your job but please dont put women at risk because you are trying to be a midwife or doctor both of which go though years of medical school.

  16. Yay natural birth!! I had an amazing experience with natural birth of my first baby, my recovery was SO fast (like walked over to the reception to ask about lunch 2 hours later fast!) I was on cloud 9 with the endorphins and hormones, but my head was clear. Hoping for a repeat for #2 🤞

  17. So much freedom from this video. I wish I had seen this when I was pregnant. I would've kept the coffee habit and eaten some fish.

  18. Apparently the pendulum has swung back to scaring pregnant women about consuming so much as a drop of alcohol. A more honest way of phrasing that would have been, "There is probably a small amount of consumption that is safe – that's what the population studies imply – but it varies by person and we don't know how to determine it on an individual level. So, because we can't say how much is safe, we recommend abstaining." It's not a case of any amount of alcohol is going to hurt the baby, or even is PROBABLY going to hurt the baby. Stop scaring women who had wine with dinner before they knew they were pregnant; stop shaming the half glass of champagne at a party.

  19. urgh i wish the hair and skin one was true! Ive always had perfect skin. Even as a teenager i had super soft skin, never any zits, never any redness. As soon as i got pregnant and all the way throughout my pregnancy (im 7 months pregnant now) my skin has been horrible. Its dry and itchy and i get these weird random red spots all over my face. So sadly that myth was not true in my case but i do hear some women getting better skin. But it can literally go both ways

  20. I don't like the white doctor, I wouldn't want her to deliver my baby. Not because she's white, I just don't like her.
    The natural is better thing is not a myth, I've done both and can tell you that natural labor is more powerful and efficient than induced labor, they hurt the same though.

  21. I'm a beekeeper. One of my regulars called me one night in a panic because someone in a baby class told her that the honey in her tea would harm the baby. I reassured her that this was a myth, honey does not harm babies in utero but I made it clear that she should not feed honey to her baby in the first year of life. She wanted to know why, so I gave her a brief on infant botulism and directed her to some reliable resources. Myths make it difficult for pregnant people to know what is safe when everyone is so judgmental these days.

  22. Wait did she say “high risk” in her job title!? Why high risk?! Why not normal everyday risk? Does she work in some kind of ER?

  23. EVERY single old wives tale or gender myth told me I was having a boy (except the Chinese calendar)… my, now 6 year old, is definitely a sassy little girl. I craved salt, spice, meat.. carried low.. ring test, etc etc etc. This pregnancy, however, is pretty opposite!

  24. The lancet study proved that NO amount of alcohol pretty much ever is good for you or improves health. Let alone while pregnant. A lot of the previous studies that said red wine was good had two major problems.
    1: It compared moderate to heavy drinkers, it didn't count people who don't drink or drink very very little (say 4 times a year on special occasions or very low alcohol content drinks under 1%) someone who drinks on a somewhat regular basis has a different system for a time, this is why alcohol with drawl is a real thing, but in comparison to not drinking at all, drinkers are losing in the health game by a strong margin, Anything from heart disease, cancers etc.
    2: The benefits of red wine are not because of the alcohol, they are because of the grapes themselves and you'd be far better off eating a handful of blueberries.

    I'm never getting pregnant, but was very trigged by the glass of wine question. I hate how ingrained alcohol is in our culture. It's pure and simple junk food and it's slowly ruining health with constant consumption. Even if you are only a binge drinker on the weekends vs a stead one glass a night person, you're in a similar boat.

  25. My son was breech ! And he was full term ! They had to do a C section cuz they found this out After they broke my water and gave me labor inducing drug like hours after giving me the induce meds ! Omg I was so scared I had to sit in labor pains for another three hours cuz I didn’t fast cuz I didn’t know I would need a C section !

  26. People don't talk about pregnancy enough. No one warned me how terrible and debilitating it would be…not my mother, grandmother's, aunts, teachers…no one. So when I got pregnant, unplanned, I was completely shocked and blindsighted by how horrible it was. I was in bed 95% of my day during the worst parts due to weakness and nausea and thus my mental health spiraled. At eight weeks I hoped it would get better, as everyone assured me would be the case. At 12 weeks I longed for an abortion that didn't happen. And at 16 weeks and onwards I fantasized about suicide and release from the torture. My life before pregnancy seemed an ever dwindling mirage that I would never return to as my body and mind would be forever ruined. Those nine months seem an eternity of pain, suffering and crushing loneliness. Only someone who has been pregnant knows the horrible irony of this loneliness.

    I carried to term and though I had an almost unmedicated 10 hour delivery, save for a morphine shot in the ass that hurt more than it did good, the labour was the easiest part. Yes, it was pain beyond comprehension and speculative imagination. But the pregnancy and after recovery were 100 times worse. Why don't people talk about those parts? Probably because the delivery is where your husband and male doctors hear you scream in agony and thus they get a small taste of it. When in reality they are almost completely oblivious to the silent suffering and mental screaming you have been doing for many months prior. Hey lady, you should be happy to be pregnant so smile more!

    Two years later I'm still recovering but my partner wants another baby. "You powered through that labour and pregnancy, you are so strong!". No, it wasn't strength at all. I was too cowardly to kill myself and/or my baby so all I could do was hang on. What other viable choice was there? There is no strength in being a woman… only pain, disappointment, pain, frustration, pain, depression…and pain, always and forever pain. Would that I could of been born a man!

  27. When the black OB Dr said idk why anyone is eating hotdogs🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 took me out………cause hotdogs or gross all my life they or digusting‼️

  28. Actually, areas like your hips, lower back, and general pelvis area do get more flexible later in pregnancy from the hormone relaxin. They could have explained that much better.

  29. Basically listen here. Listen to YOUR body. Not all pregnancies are the same. NOTHING is proven fully because there has not been enough statistics on pregnancy to confirm any one thing completely true.
    ALSO Epstein didn’t kill himself.

  30. Before I got pregnant I was drinking tons of coffee a day!!! When I found out I was pregnant I went down to one cup of coffee in my first trimester but I started feeling my tolerance towards caffeine was less and less I would get the jitters after half a cup so I listened to my body and completely stopped drinking it and stuck with water all day long which sucks but at least my skin is clear from drinking so much water lol

  31. I glow. My skin is so pretty and much brighter. My sister had a glow when she was pregnant too. You definitely glow!

  32. Thanks for this very informal information, even though I am not able to become pregnant since Im a guy I will be sure to keep these in mind 👍🏾🤣

  33. I highly disagree on the flying part. You can do it at your own risk, but the radiation during a transatlantic flight equals the amount of the radiation from 20 xrays!!! I don‘t think that any pregnant women would go through 20 xrays voluntarily!

  34. And yet they've done studies on breastmilk and alcohol consumption. Many of these studies show the relative amount of alcohol in breastmilk is negligible.

    Many of the things they talk about seem like they haven't been updated on most recent research. Like the "cold" question, that was in reference to a "developing baby" meaning if you can't give a fetus a cold, you can't give them the flu either. 🤦‍♀️

  35. well, this video was laced with so much hidden diet culture and patriarchy that I don't even know where to begin. But ya…. have sex and eat when you're hungry. You cant just turn off weight gain because some doctor says you have reached your max allotment. this is ridiculous. good grief

  36. "you can do whatever you want, but your baby's in charge…"
    and that is exactly why i am never going to have kids

  37. First of all I like that they are telling people you can’t rush labor because baby is in control. None of my two pregnancies was on due date. My last one came the day before I needed to be induced and I know in my soul he did that on purpose!!! The last one was a 100% natural birth because he came within an hour! All the breathing techniques went out the window and I was screaming and trying to run out the hospital as fast as I came!!! The worst pain in my life! Yes, natural birth is fast but I nearly had that boy in the parking lot! I also ripped with him because he came out too fast. With my first who I barely made it for the epidural I didn’t rip but the epidural slowed down the active giving me an extra two hours to pass out and rest before pushing. It may have not been a nightmare if it was a plan the whole time to go natural and have the baby at home in a comfortable setting. However, I hate pain and EVERYTHING hurt during active labor. I couldn’t sit or lay down for both pregnancies. Walking helped for a second until it’s time to push. I think I would have destroyed my house throwing things at people trying fight some imaginary force causing me pain or something 🙄😂. Anyway, just get the epidural! No women need to go through that crazy pain nowadays. As long as the doctor is experienced in doing them get it! No mater how painful it was I rather giving birth vaginally over a c section (unless medically necessary!) because everything heals up like nothing happened after all that! It’s amazing that we are literally made to do this 😳🤯!

  38. I was that second, breech twin. From what I've been told they just smoothly pulled me out by the feet but still it was the only really tense moment and also the only time the experienced doctor in the room intervened as the mid-wives had been doing all the work up until that. I didn't understand why until Dr Riley said the provider needs to know what xhe's doing (13:00). Sucks if it's something that's disappearing as I personally enjoy not having strangled myself to death with the umbilical cord before being born.
    Anyway, loved the video, the doctors were both so clear and concise!
    Also lol the men in comments being like "I'm interested but it's weird I am". Kinda annoys me how little we ask of them to learn about women experience tss especially on freaking pregnancy and childbirth, the thing that we all without an exception went through.

  39. Myth 6 is straight true my mom ate nothing but apple Jack's when she was pregnant with me and I came out hating those nasties and anything that taste like them. And the same with my sister and eggs

  40. The baby is the equivalent of a fish in a bag. Just don't shake the bag to hard and or fall on it and your good to go.

  41. Myth sex won't hurt if you deliver via C-section.

    Bullshit that shit will hurt with or without a vaginal birth idk why but it will hurt your first few times even when you have a c-section.

    A body pillow when you get a big belly will be your best friend. Put it between your legs and let it support your belly when sleeping or relaxing.

  42. No wine at all when you are pregnant? Don’t tell the Italians, French, Germans. Seriously, stop getting women to worry about nonsense. One glass of wine on occasion won’t be the big deal you’re making it out to be. Just don’t chug a 2-4. And NO ONE should eat hot dogs. They are the particle board of meat.

  43. I'm realizing the OB I had during pregnancy told me alot of incorrect things. He told me I couldn't have coffee and not to start exercising (I was out of shape before pregnancy). My baby is 11 months now. Very disappointing. Glad I got rid of him!

  44. I'm so nervous because like I smoke weed everyday what if I get pregnant and I dont know and im smoking bowls everyday before I find out???

  45. It says on the flu vaccine insert that pregnant women should not get one unless absolutely necessary.

  46. Thanks for the info! I'm excited to have a baby in about 4 years when I go to Denmark 🇩🇰 to get pregnant by a Danish sperm donor. I'm having a part Viking baby.

  47. I had originally heard that the issue with smoked salmon is still listeria, not "fish consumption!" This could be great news because I miss it so much!

  48. 17 weeks ,Went to get a sandwich today asked if they could toast the meat and cheese the server looked at me like I was crazy then looked down and saw my belly and my pants unbuttoned …”oh your pregnant yeah sure sorry just a min”

  49. "What you eat during pregnancy" I wish I could eat. I'm nauseous all the time. Lost 30 lbs with my first baby. This second pregnancy is going easier in the sense that I can drink water and keep it down.

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