From castor oil and hot chilli sauce to driving for long distances on a bumpy road, pregnant moms are still trying a variety of weird remedies to get labour started and make their babies turn, maternity consultant sister Annerie Conradie says.
Tuesday, February 10, is the start of pregnancy education week and Conradie has urged moms-to-be to turn to qualified midwives and nurses for advice.
“Anybody can write anything on the internet. We have realised that many moms are not attending antenatal classes.
“I want to ask moms that they rather come to discuss concerns with us, as some of the urban legends on the internet are downright dangerous,” Conradie said.
“Moms often find advice on the internet on drinking castor oil and then massaging the stomach to get a baby to turn.
“This is very dangerous. A person massaging the stomach of a pregnant woman in the wrong way can cause major damage,” she said.
She said the other urban legends they were asked about often were if eating chilli sauce, driving on a bumpy road or a night of passion would bring on labour.
“We are not opposed to the internet per se, but rather come and talk to us so we can refer you to trusted websites,” Conradie said.
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