10 conception & pregnancy facts

Storytelling is part of the human experience but when it comes to your health, it’s best to focus on the facts.  Grandmothers, mothers, sisters, friends and old wives’ tales all have their versions of how to best make and carry a baby. Many are hilarious, a few are terrifying, some may have a hint of truth and everyone has their favourite one to tell. At times it can be challenging to distinguish between fact and fiction, so best practice is to follow your doctor’s advice. Alternatively, consult reliable online portals such as babyyumyum.co.za, Netcare’s Storks Nest Clinic and Medfem Fertility Clinic.

How are myths usually formed?

Myths can be incredible sources of power and reflect significant truth. They have evolved throughout the ages from ancient storytelling techniques and the spoken word being passed down from generation to generation to explain certain events or leave legacies. Over time these stories are deconstructed and attach themselves to other stories and become something transcendent.

Popular myths

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Hide the scissors and keep the dagger

A strange Chinese tradition when pregnant is to make sure sharp objects including needles and scissors are prohibited from being near or on the humble bed, a significant symbol of fertility, as they can cut the umbilical cord. However, a dagger can be under the bed as it is seen as a protector that chases away evil spirits that lurk around the unborn child.