Do You Have Any Favorite OB Myths? - page 3

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   nurseunderwater
    My mother told me when I was 16 that smoking marlboro cigarettes would NOT make me sterile....(she was a mom at 18, maybe she thought is was BC??)


    She also told me that the rythym method only worked if you had a 12 piece band in the room
  2. by   louloubell1
    Quote from fergus51
    All caucasian babies are born with blue eyes.
    That's not a myth, just a little bit of an exaggeration. Most caucasian babies are born with bluish/gray eyes, though certainly not all.
  3. by   judy ann
    She also told me that the rythym method only worked if you had a 12 piece band in the room [/QUOTE]


    I heard that the rhythm method was when you get pregnant to music.
  4. by   NeuroICURN
    Quote from kids-r-fun
    Baby oil and massage.

    When my middle was a baby one of my neighbors was an old Jamacan lady(maybe she was Haitian?) , she taught me how to rub his head to get rid of the flat spot on the back of his head. Is hard to explain how to do it, there is NO pressure, just a firm stroking. It took a month or so but it did round out.
    Um, maybe it took about a month because babies' heads just round out naturally anyway!!! You were kidding, right???
  5. by   LilgirlRN
    They have a name for people who use the pull out method for birth control, PARENTS!!! read that in a book somewhere.
  6. by   NeuroICURN
    Quote from LilgirlRN
    They have a name for people who use the pull out method for birth control, PARENTS!!! read that in a book somewhere.
    LOL Hey LilgirlRN, I used that method when I was in my late teens!!!

    P.S. My sweet son is almost 10! :chuckle
  7. by   mitchsmom
  8. by   obeyacts2
    Quote from missmercy
    Our favorite was usually stated by our unwed teenaged moms who were shocked that they were pregnant because "You can't get pregnant the first time"..... Or from the mommy with a 10 month old at home who says "but you can't get pregnant when you're nursing"...HMMMMMM!
    I remember hearing the one about not getting nursing while PG, and my Mom commenting "call your Grandma and tell her that and see how hard she laughs at you." Grandma nursed her kids and her first FOUR children are exactly 13 months apart each.

    laura
  9. by   Mimi2RN
    Quote from NeuroICURN
    Um, maybe it took about a month because babies' heads just round out naturally anyway!!! You were kidding, right???
    Unfortunately, there are a lot of flat-headed kids out there, they spend so much time in their backs, never get "tummy-time". Some babies do get into a program to reshape their heads, using a helmet which has to be modified as the babe develops. Once the flat spot develops, it's much harder for the baby to turn his head to a different direction.
  10. by   Hellllllo Nurse
    In rural AZ, many pregnant women urinate into a bottle of anti-freeze. It's supposed to change color and tell you if you're having a girl or a boy.


    Lol!
  11. by   soltera
    Quote from BabyRN2Be
    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 girls that if their baby was a girl, it proved that the young lady had participated in a lot of sexual activity at conception. If it was a boy, the young lady had intercourse only once or twice. I couldn't think of any biological basis for that one. Of course if the young lady had a baby girl, then she would really have been read the riot act about her sexual activity from the housemother.

    This one I heard rather recently. A woman went in for an u/s to determine the baby's sex, and baby had it's legs crossed. The woman asked the u/s tech to count the fetal ribs because men have one less rib than women do - the "Adam's Rib Theory."

    Anyone heard of other interesting OB myths that are brought into the doctor's office or hospital?
    this one's kinda creepy... never take an infant to a funeral or wake or he'll inhale death and die in his crib!! :stone
  12. by   mitchsmom
    About breastfeeding as a method of birth control - there is the lactational amenorrhea method which can be effective, but it is most definitely not just nursing your baby and being able to safely consider it birth control. Mom and the baby have to be meeting certain conservative guidelines and understand LAM as a method to make if effective. Most women don't nurse their babies in a style that is within the guidelines, so the natural infertility that can be had from breastfeeding is not conferred. But the idea of "not getting pregnant while nursing," does have an element of truth, the idea did start in fact, the information just isn't usually complete which is a big 'ol problem when it comes to birth control. Can't have half a condom, half a pill, or half LAM either. Anyway, it's pretty fascinating how it all works. More info can be found in these books:
    Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing: How Ecological Breastfeeding Spaces Babies
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books
    Taking Charge of Your Fertility: The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health (totally amazing book that I highly recommend to all women - look at the reviews on Amazon - all 631 of them!)
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/AS...920786-8337554

    Sorry to get all serious on yall, LOL!! I'll make amends- another myth: my friend's grandma used to yell at her for raising her arms over her head when she was pregnant, because she would strangle the baby with the cord - I mean to the point that she bought her a stool to use to get dishes out of the cabinet and everything! And this one isn't a pregnancy thing but my grandma always yells at my husband if he roughhouses with the kids and turns them upside down because "you'll turn his liver"!!! LOLOL Ok, here's the part you're really going to flip over - she's an LPN!!! :uhoh21:
  13. by   klone
    Quote from BabyRN2Be
    Someone also mentioned something about morning sickness. The more morning sickness a mom has, the healthier the baby. I'm wondering if that's true or if it's something used to placate the mother during the 1st trimester....Anyone heard about this with morning sickness? Are there any studies saying that this is true?
    Not that the BABY will be any healthier, but that the pregnancy may be healthier. If a woman miscarries due to hormonal imbalance (progesterone deficiency) then the presence of morning sickness suggests that she's got plenty of progesterone coursing through her blood, therefore, it's less likely that she'll have a miscarriage (due to hormonal imbalances - but we all know that's not the only cause of miscarriage).

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