Do You Have Any Favorite OB Myths? - page 8

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   santhony44
    One of the OB myths I've always heard is that taking Castor Oil will bring on labor.

    I don't know that I've ever met anyone tired enough of being pregnant to try it!!
  2. by   tvccrn
    Quote from santhony44
    One of the OB myths I've always heard is that taking Castor Oil will bring on labor.

    I don't know that I've ever met anyone tired enough of being pregnant to try it!!
    Actually, I did. With my first one I was young and not too bright. my grandmothe swore by this and I put it in coke, plugged my nose to not taste it, and down it went. I went into labor about 2 and 1/2 weeks later.

    tvccrn
  3. by   santhony44
    I've encountered a couple among patients of Mexican heritage.

    One is wearing a key or a safety pin pinned to the inside bottom of one's shirt, or the top of one's panties. This is to prevent birth defects.

    Another is that a wound won't heal if the injured person is around a pregnant woman.

    The one my mother always told me was about raising the arms causing the cord to be knotted or around the neck. Both my boys had nuchal cords so I guess it was true!! :chuckle
  4. by   MamaTheNurse
    what a funny thread!! I can't count how many of these I heard from patients over the years - I don't know which ones that my family believe in because fortunately, both my mother and mil are afraid of me and would have never tried to give me the benefit of their "wisdom" for fear of receiving the sharp side of my "knowledgeable" tongue - tee hee........

    I have 2 boys, healthy as horses - I worked 12 hr night shifts in OB right up until 40 weeks - I never had one single day of morning sickness either time - I delivered one the day after my due date and the other one was 4 days post-dates - I carried both of them so low down that I didn't look pregnant from behind because I still had a definite waistline and no change to my hips or butt - and, sorry to be so personal, but I know exactly when I conceived each kidlet and know for a fact that I DIDN'T have an orgasm either time (quite honestly, we were struggling with fertility issues, fertility drugs, ovulation-prediction kits, etc. and I was so stressed that I really couldn't relax and have fun!!!)

    so........some of these myths applied to me and some not..............

    I flew 8 hrs overseas when I was 24 weeks along with my oldest and I had people ask me if I was worried that the pressurised (sp?) air in the cabin of the plane would cause my water to break - has anyone heard that one?
  5. by   Cheez-It!
    I heard that the rhythm method was when you get pregnant to music.
    Hrmmm ... I concieved my current 19 week pregnancy after a Lynyrd Skynyrd/3 Doors Down concert ... How's that for rhythm?
  6. by   q12RN
    OMG! Thats what my husbands grandmother used to say too "you'll turn their liver!"
    So now when we turn the kids upside down we "in a smirky voice" say "you'll turn their liver!" Then laugh
  7. by   q12RN
    I think they got that one backwards. Even is a boy and odd are a girl. MOthers age at the time of conception plus the month conception occurred...I hear this one alllll the time
  8. by   q12RN
    Heard that if you drink Earl Grey tea it will cause you to go into labor 2 weeks before your due date.
    Red raspberry tea will "tone" your uterus and make labor easier.
    Theres no need to push a baby out! your contractions will do ALL the work for you.
    If you have sex before you ovulate it will be a girl and the day of or after ovulation it will be a boy.
    Cravings for salty during pregnancy will be a girl and sweets a boy, I may have this one backwards.
    Ive heard of women claiming to carry their baby to "10" or "11" months. And I dont mean 40 weeks.

    Non preggo, if you're menstruating dont walk in a garden or the plants will not grow.
  9. by   CEG
    Quote from santhony44
    One of the OB myths I've always heard is that taking Castor Oil will bring on labor.

    I don't know that I've ever met anyone tired enough of being pregnant to try it!!
    I had a friend that did this and it worked for her. So I tried it and I went into labor (strong contractions 3-4 minutes apart) about 2.5 hrs later.

    I think there is a scientific basis in the effect of the castor oil on smooth muscle contraction and increased prostaglandins. If nothing else it will get rid of that pregnancy constipation
  10. by   moongirl
    Quote from djkmc1998
    Its a myth most definetly....my sil has red hair and has had two babies and I watched both deliveries.....no problems at all.

    I wonder how that myth came about? Thats funny
    took care of 3 PP moms this week. One was brunette with a C/S, the other 2 were redheads, one vag, one C/S . BOTH of the redheads bled more then normal, in fact the one with the C/S was on max pitocin my whole shift and we got some LOVELY clots as well.. so I dunno. they also mentioned in report" well, she is a redhead"
  11. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from BSNtobe2009
    Actually, there is a small amount of truth to the cat theory.

    What people are witnessing when the cat "sucks the breath" out of a baby....is the cat jumping into the crib or onto a bed, and it smells the scent of milk coming from the baby's mouth...in an attempt to get some milk, the cat starts licking the baby's face, and the cat is STANDING on the baby's stomach is what causes it to smother to death.
    While I've never owned a cat in my life, I can see this as a plausible explanation. It's very interesting to see the root of some of these myths, and how they could possibly be true.

    I think that I've mentioned this one before, but I think my all-time favorites were from the housemother saying that the number of incidences of sex could corelate to the baby's gender. The "Adam's Rib" theory was a good one as well (that you could tell baby's gender by counting the number of ribs on u/s; supposedly men have one rib fewer than women).
  12. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from santhony44
    One of the OB myths I've always heard is that taking Castor Oil will bring on labor.

    I don't know that I've ever met anyone tired enough of being pregnant to try it!!
    I've had a few doula clients who want to try it... until I tell them that it could lead to a big mess when it comes to delivery and pushing.
  13. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from MamaTheNurse


    I flew 8 hrs overseas when I was 24 weeks along with my oldest and I had people ask me if I was worried that the pressurised (sp?) air in the cabin of the plane would cause my water to break - has anyone heard that one?
    No, this is definitely not true. The cabin is pressurized to meet the same pressure that you'd find on the ground. Not even a sudden change in cabin pressure requiring O2 masks would cause PROM. This is a very rare event but it is a good idea for mom to be checked on the ground just in case. Events like these tend to result in emergency landings, which may require the use of evacuation slides. Injuries may result because of the slides, and if you're pregnant and required to evacuate a plane via escape slides, DEFINITELY get checked by someone.

    Actually, if it's OK with your doctor and you don't have any pre-existing conditions, the 2nd trimester of pregnancy is a great time to travel, which it be land and air.

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