Do You Have Any Favorite OB Myths? - page 9

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   Ado Annie
    Quote from 33-weeker
    All babies ARE born with blue eyes. They change later. However, the babies who will have brown/dark eyes tend to have a darker steel-blue than the one's who will have lighter colored eyes.
    My babies' eyes were such a dark blue that my mother called them "black". Now they have light blue eyes. So, probably another thing that can't be generalized.
  2. by   Ado Annie
    Quote from Hellllllo Nurse
    How about getting rid of any housecats before bringing the new baby home. The cat can hypnotize the baby, and "suck his breath out"!
    Lol!
    Noooo! My inlaws swore up and down this is true, they KNEW someone it happened to.
  3. by   Ado Annie
    How about those "Twilight Zone" moments? Was reminded while talking with a classmate the other night, that during my pregnancy (in which we learned at 25 weeks we were expecting twins):

    1) When I called a college friend to tell her the news of the pregnancy, she said "I've been thinking of you... you're not expecting, are you?"

    2) When our secretary at work learned I was pregnant, she told me that she had a dream that I had twins (she had the dream before she knew I was pregnant)

    3) My stepdaughter (then 13) gave us a card that said "Congratulations! Are you hoping for a boy or a girl? Or just praying it isn't one of each?"

    4) My mom looked at me one day (at maybe 20 weeks) and said, "You must have 2" ('course, that could be explained by how big I looked, I guess)
  4. by   CEG
    Quote from BabyRN2Be
    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.
    Actually it all comes out BEFORE delivery I can attest to that. The castor oil has to do its magic first to actually put you into labor.

    I just remembered being told that a baby boy makes mom look prettier and a baby girl makes mom look uglier. I was told that when I was pregnant with my daughter! Thanks
  5. by   mercyteapot
    When I was expecting my son, I remember hearing a story on the news about some restaurant in Malibu that serves a salad with a balsamic viniagrette dressing (which I believe was much less commonplace than it is now). It turned out that a number of expectant woman whose babies were late went into labor shortly after eating that salad. Now, it could well have been a matter of timing... these babies were due to arrive, after all, but as the restaurant was enjoying the press, they decided to offer this salad free to all pregnant women. I have no idea whether they still do, or even if the place is still in business.
  6. by   33-weeker
    Quote from NurseyBaby'05
    Can those interested in discussing vaccinations further please start a new thread? It's not fair to the OP to continue to hijack this one and say "Oops, sorry!" Thanks!
    It won't kill anyone to scroll down a few posts. If you know how to move the posts in question to a new thread, be my guest, but I'm not doing all that copying and pasting over again.

    Let me guess... you are pro vaccines.
    Last edit by 33-weeker on Nov 11, '06 : Reason: add on
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Please note: this is not the thread for a vaccination debate. If you have information, research or discussion on vaccinations (pro or con), then by all means, feel free to start another thread for that purpose. Hijacking an unrelated thread for the purpose of dicussing the pro's and con's of something as controversial as vaccination is not polite, nor fair. Thank you.
    Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Nov 11, '06
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    THe ONLY thing I have seen castor oil do for non-actively-laboring women is to give them horrible diarrhea. it did not bring on labor in women who were already not getting there on their own.
  9. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from mercyteapot
    When I was expecting my son, I remember hearing a story on the news about some restaurant in Malibu that serves a salad with a balsamic viniagrette dressing (which I believe was much less commonplace than it is now). It turned out that a number of expectant woman whose babies were late went into labor shortly after eating that salad. Now, it could well have been a matter of timing... these babies were due to arrive, after all, but as the restaurant was enjoying the press, they decided to offer this salad free to all pregnant women. I have no idea whether they still do, or even if the place is still in business.
    I've heard the same thing for a certain pizza sauce but can't remember for sure where the city is.. Chicago, Philly. It's supposed to cause labor within 24 hours.

    I've been reading another book lately, and I was reminded of another myth: Morning sickness is related to ambivalence about having the baby.

    Here's a breastfeeding myth:
    Mom must not become angry because it will cause her milk to turn sour.
  10. by   BabyRN2Be
    Quote from SmilingBluEyes
    THe ONLY thing I have seen castor oil do for non-actively-laboring women is to give them horrible diarrhea. it did not bring on labor in women who were already not getting there on their own.
    That's what I try to explain. I really don't encourage clients to use castor oil at all because I've heard it could cause cardiac arrythmias in some people. I don't know if it's true or not, but who wants to find out at a time like this?
  11. by   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.
  12. by   NurseyBaby'05
    I wonder it if also stimulates the vagus nerve re: cardiac side effects?? I'm too tired to think it through right now.
    Last edit by NurseyBaby'05 on Nov 11, '06
  13. by   SmilingBluEyes
    i am unsure about that....what does, however, is the straining done as if to have a bowel movement, or pushing a baby out. That is definately known to be true.

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