Category: Obstetrics

DELAYED CORD CLAMPING

Of ALLLLLLLL the things that are part of the WakeMed labor classes, we get so many questions and requests for delayed cord clamping information.  It is usually number 1 or number 2 on that list of questions on patients’ cell phones (right next to questions about episiotomy or epidurals) that they bring up around 34-36 […]

Written by on March 26, 2020

PREGNANCY OLD WIVES’ TALES #5 AND #6: ARMS UP AND DRANO MYTHS

Time to address two strange old wives’ tales:  1) Putting your arms over your head can cause the baby to wrap around its umbilical cord. 2) Mixing urine with Drano can help predict your baby’s gender. I am not joking when I tell you that I have received a page on the emergency line at […]

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PREGNANCY OLD WIVES’ TALE #4: MORNING SICKNESS AND GENDER

One pregnancy myth is that if a woman has morning sickness, there is a higher chance that she is having a girl.  The theory is that one or more of the pregnancy hormones may be more elevated with a female fetus.  This elevation in the pregnancy hormone(s) could possibly lead to increased nausea and vomiting. […]

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PREGNANCY OLD WIVES’ TALE #3: HEARTBURN AND HAIR GROWTH

Everyone has heard it… if you have heartburn during your pregnancy, your baby will come out with a full head of hair.  Well, heartburn is EXTREMELY common during pregnancy.  The hormones that increase during all pregnancies cause relaxation of the sphincter muscle of the esophagus.  Thus, most women have heartburn.  It just so happens that […]

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PREGNANCY OLD WIVES’ TALE #1: HEART RATE AND GENDER

Is there a correlation between baby’s heart rate and gender? Every day, we all hear it from our moms who are still too early in their pregnancies to know the gender of their baby… “The heartbeat is high, must be a girl.”  My response is often the same and is always true, “Yup, it will […]

Written by on March 26, 2020