Myths And Facts About Newborns

Myth: If a woman is carrying high then it may be a girl and if she is carrying low it is a boy.

Fact: The size and form of a pregnant belly are mostly determined by the woman's muscles, her body structure, and location of the foetus, her posture, and the amount of fat that has been stored around her abdomen.

Myth: Colostrum is not pure

Fact: Colostrum, or mother's first milk, is the bright yellowish, thick milk. Although it is encouraged to feed the newborn colostrum since it is high in proteins and has anti-infective properties, some Indian women still shun it because they believe it to be impure.

Myth: Give little honey to ensure sweetness in new born baby’s life.

Fact: The immune system of a baby is quite vulnerable. Honey may contain Clostridium botulinum spores, which may settle in a baby's developing system and result in infant botulism, a potentially fatal condition. Due to this risk, it is advised against giving honey to a newborn child before their first birthday.

Myth: Juices should be a part of a young child's diet since they are a good source of vitamins.

Fact: Although fruit juices are a good source of vitamin C, babies' digestive systems may not be able to handle them well, especially during the first year of life.

Myth:Those born first always come later than infants born second or third.

Fact: The duration of your menstrual cycle affects when your baby will be born. If it is shorter, there is a good chance that you will deliver early. The baby will arrive later if your cycle is longer; but, if it typically lasts 28 days, you are more likely to give birth around the due date.

Dr. Reenu Jain
Associate Director
Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
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