As soon as people know you’re pregnant, you’ll start getting unsolicited advice, even from total strangers. And after a while, it’s hard to know who to listen to anymore. People want to be helpful, but you can’t believe everything you hear. So these are some new mom myths you can ignore because they’re just not true.
Myth: You’ll fall in love with your baby immediately - There are plenty of mamas out there who didn’t feel the instant emotional connection with their newborn. Giving birth is different for everyone, so it could take hours, days, or even weeks to feel the feels.
Myth: You’ll get an iron boost from eating your placenta - This practice may be trendy and some of your favorite celebs may promote it, but the truth is a study in the “Archives of Women’s Health” shows there are no proven benefits to eating your afterbirth. And it’s kind of repulsive, so keep taking vitamins, eat a balanced diet and forget about the placenta.
Myth: Postpartum depression will affect your child - This is a very real condition that affects many new moms, but you don’t have to worry about the negative feelings transferring to baby. According to a Norwegian study, prenatal and postpartum depression didn’t have much impact on children’s psychological development.
Myth: You’ll lose the baby weight if you breastfeed - It might help some women, but there’s no guarantee and everyone’s body is different. The best way to get back to a pre-baby body? A study from the Cochrane Pregnancy and Childbirth Group says the old diet and exercise combo works. But you can’t diet too much when you’re nursing and trying to establish your milk supply, so don’t rush the weight loss.