Do You Have Any Favorite OB Myths? - page 10

I was wondering if anyone had a favorite OB myth that you've come across in work. I'll start with a few of my favorites: When I worked at a maternity home, the lead houseparent told the... Read More

  1. by   VeryPlainJane
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    well, that makes sense, cause too much castor oil (or even any fluid for that matter) can throw off electrolyte balances very quickly in many cases. Castor oil does not do a pregnant woman any favors.
    Labor AND explosive diareah....SWEET!
  2. by   MIA-RN1
    i am thinking the castor oil causes imbalances in K and Ca and other vitamins because they get washed away in the oil as it passes the intestine. That can cause arrythmias. My daughter used to take mineral oil for constipation and she had to take vitamins, and they had to be a certain time away from the dose of mineral oil.
  3. by   IslandtrainedRN
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    ahh yea the "ceremonial passing of the mucus plug"

    i have had women bring this nasty thing in, show me and declare "they must be in labor, as they have passed the mucus plug"

    someone in these dr offices PUUUHLEEZE educate these people what labor IS and what is is NOT ??????

    lord.
    I worked with a L&D nurse last year and she had a very sarcastic sense of humour. When women told her that they "lost" their mucous plug, she would reply with "did you look under the bed?" :roll
  4. by   santhony44
    I had a co-worker once tell us that her husband's grandmother told him "if you do it doggie style you'll have a boy."

    She was trying to get pregnant at the time. Needless to say this was way more information than anyone really wanted!
  5. by   tvccrn
    OK, I have to ask this. I have come across one that apparently there are OB's out there somewhere pushing. they are telling their patient to save the umbilical cord in the freezer and when they get pregnant again to "insert" it so the baby will have something to eat during the pregnancy. If they don't the baby will starve to death.

    Now, these women who are doing this aren't stopping to think, "What about the first baby, why didn't they starve?"

    But, EEWW how nasty is this?

    tvccrn
  6. by   santhony44
    Quote from tvccrn
    OK, I have to ask this. I have come across one that apparently there are OB's out there somewhere pushing. they are telling their patient to save the umbilical cord in the freezer and when they get pregnant again to "insert" it so the baby will have something to eat during the pregnancy. If they don't the baby will starve to death.

    Now, these women who are doing this aren't stopping to think, "What about the first baby, why didn't they starve?"

    But, EEWW how nasty is this?

    tvccrn

    Eeeewwww is right!!

    I haven't heard that one.

    I have heard "having sex will feed the baby." :chuckle

    Bet some guy made that one up!!
  7. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from q12RN
    If you have sex before you ovulate it will be a girl and the day of or after ovulation it will be a boy.
    There is something to this - it's called the Shettles' method and while it's rate of success is a little low at 78% (for those trying to achieve a certain gender), it does work for some.

    I just wanted to say that it's interesting these after such a long time, and especially now that I'm pregnant. Reading these on the other side of things is very enlightening.

    Thank you all for your myths. I'd love to hear more!
  8. by   strn96
    I took care of a home delivery t/f pt (PN care with a lay midwife) who, when asked whether she'd been tested for GBS said "no, but I did the garlic clove thing" when the admitting RN asked what that was, the pt said, "you know, where you put a garlic clove in the vagina so you won't have GBS. I did this, but mine fell out 3 days later." I don't know if there's any truth to garlic being a tx for GBS, but I think abx during labor would be a lot less smelly.
  9. by   ElvishDNP
    Garlic is supposed to have antibacterial properties, so who knows....

    Still, I just don't think I could do it.
  10. by   Calzonan RN
    Quote from devi
    I've heard some OB myths about redheads (on this very board, I think). I don't remember exactly what they were, but they pertained to redheads having more trouble with labor and delivery.

    So what do you all think. Myth or truth?
    I actually had a CRNA say the other night that because the woman in labor was a redhead she shouldn't get certain medications (can't remember the name of the med) because she was more likely to have an allergic reaction to it. I'm just an extern, so I'm not sure how true that is, but she's been a CRNA for >20 years.
  11. by   SmilingBluEyes
    No such problems for this redhead. I do know, however, pain control is a big issue for me. I seem to need a lot of anesthesia and post-op pain control compared to others. Don't know why, if it's that I am a redhead or just wimpy, or both.
  12. by   bagladyrn
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    No such problems for this redhead. I do know, however, pain control is a big issue for me. I seem to need a lot of anesthesia and post-op pain control compared to others. Don't know why, if it's that I am a redhead or just wimpy, or both.
    SBE - I'm trying to remember where (will have to do some searching) but I do remember reading something about a study indicating that redheads do have a different response to anesthesia/pain meds and frequently require larger doses. Will get back to you with links when I find the source for this.
  13. by   MIA-RN1
    the redhead/bleeding thing has to do with clotting factors that are different or less in red heads.
    Also, the myth of heartburn and hair---proven true. Something about hormones released when hair develops on baby's head and same hormones raising gastric acid in mother.

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