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Johns Hopkins University did a study that set out to disprove the OWT, and actually ended up confirming it. Obviously it won't be true for everyone (as per PP's sister's experience) but the correlation is strong enough that they're willing to state there is some truth to it.
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brauchtm:Have you heard the old wives tale that you will have a child with a lot of hair if you have heartburn during pregnancy? nbsp;If its true, this kid is coming out with a six foot pony tail!
Aurora317:Johns Hopkins University did a study that set out to disprove the OWT, and actually ended up confirming it. Obviously it won't be true for everyone (as per PP's sister's experience) but the correlation is strong enough that they're willing to state there is some truth to it. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/20/health/20really.html?_r=1& (Sorry not clicky, Google Chrome browser does not play well with TB)
I have heard of the study but have yet to see it work for anyone I know. I have killer heartburn each time and my kids are pretty bald until near 2 years old. Same has happened for my sisters and cousins and friends. Only one friend has had a baby with any real hair to speak of.
EDIT Maybe this one will be the one with some hair. :)
its one OWT that i believe because boy did i have hearburn(maybe beacuse i ate too much hotsauce lol) my daughter surely was full of hair.
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Oh Im hoping mine comes out with luscious locks. I have heartburn EVERY night. Nothing makes it go away completely,although Im on an acid reflux med and pop the alloted amount of Tums religiously. OB said the watch what I eat, HAH! I get worse heartburn eating "safe" foods then I do when I chow down on BBQ and pizza! DH came out with hair so long they had to part it for his hospital photo, so fingers, and toes, are crossed that he takes after daddy. US shows he'salready got his big nose
OMG, I thought my first LO would have the most hair ever spotted on a newborn given how awful my heartburn was, but he just had a little.
So, it didn't really hold true for me.
It's the one that has some truth to it although it's not a hard and fast rule. Google brings up this almost right away. I think it's a pretty succinct way of saying it.
Of all the old wives? tales out there, most pertain to pregnancy. Whether it be about how you carry the baby (high for a girl, low for a boy) or that wearing a Hawaiian lei can choke the baby (it can?t, nor can raising your hands above your head!) one that is freakishly true is that mothers who experience heartburn during pregnancy tend to have hairier babies. In an analysis of 64 pregnant women (granted, not a very large study) conducted by Johns Hopkins University researchers, women that experienced the most heartburn while pregnant gave birth to babies with average or above average newborn hair coverage. Exactly how it works is not clear, but researchers speculate that it is less a case of one causing the other and more that they share a common cause.Read more: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/old-wives-tales/#ixzz2S3V84QUK
So essentially, corralation =/= causation and so on.
However, if it holds true then my baby will have a ton of hair! We'll see!
I had my LO April 11th, and maybe had heartburn 6 times throughout my whole pregnancy. Only one time it was bad enough to take Tums for it... DD came out with 2 inches of hair. Doc said her hair was born an hour before she was! Lol
brauchtm:Hb only 6 times?? Wow - you are lucky!! Congras on your lo!
ty! Yeah all the docs and nurses were shocked when I told them how little heartburn I had. I'm so excited for you all to have your babies! It's so amazing! :)