We've all heard them. Warnings or explanations from well intended older women that seem unlikely, unbelievable, and sometimes just plain silly. Old wives tales. Where do they come from? My grandma had a few that seem so far out there that I wonder what science can tell us.
Over the next few weeks I plan on diving into the hairy world of old wives tales. I starting with one we have all heard.
Lots of heartburn will mean your baby will have more hair.
For myself personally, horrible, terrible heartburn was unavoidable.
From my full headed first born... to my bald middle who didn't have hair until 2.... to my youngest who was in the middle, it made no difference.
My struggle with heartburn was intense. There was no food that didn't trigger it. I used to joke that even water gave me heartburn. For my final trimester of every pregnancy I was often woke up choking on stomach acid and often had heartburn bad enough to make me vomit. Needless to say, I heard this old wives tale more than any other.
So, naturally I chose this for the first in this series.
We all know I am an evidence based girl. Science is the language I speak so I begin my research.
It didn't take too long to find a very interesting study done by John Hopkins University that found this old wives tale to be...
While, some women like myself can't avoid it, the study found the vast majority of women who suffer from severe heartburn will have babies born with average to above average amounts of hair.
My favorite part of this finding is that the team at John Hopkins was reportedly out to disprove this old wives tale and in fact did the opposite! The head researcher on the paper, Kathleen a. Costigan, R.N., M.P.H., director of the hospital’s Fetal Assessment Center is quoted as saying, “I had heard this old wives’ tale hundreds of times and used to tell my patients it was nonsense,” she says. “We undertook this study thinking that we would debunk the myth!”
Isn't science awesome?
While knowing that those suffering from severe heartburn are more likely to have babies born with lots of hair is neat, it does nothing to lessen the suffering of our sizzling sisters.
It's important to keep in mind that pregnancy heartburn is hormone related so while some of these tips may give you relief, nothing will make it stop entirely except for baby being born.
Click here for 5 Science Supported Tips to Soothe Heartburn
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Cool the Burn. Heartburn Relief Supported by Science