For whatever reason, pregnancy has fueled a huge number of myths over the years. So much so that it's easy to imagine pregnancy is all these so-called "old wives" had time to talk about!
Should you avoid changing the cat litter when you're pregnant?
- Only in your last trimester
- Yes. Avoid the family cat, too.
- You can change the litter, but wear gloves.
- Yes, but the risk is probably pretty small.
Should pregnant women avoid carrying anything heavy?
- Yes. Avoid carrying anything weighing more than 25 pounds.
- No. Weight-bearing exercise builds strength and endurance.
- Yes, but only in the last month or two of pregnancy.
Should a pregnant woman stop eating fish?
- No. Fish contain many important nutrients.
- Yes. Fish contains high concentrations of mercury and other chemicals
- It depends. Eating some fish may have benefits that outweigh the risks.
Is carrying the baby low an indication that it will be a boy?
- Yes. Everyone knows that.
- No. Gender has nothing to do with it.
- Sometimes. If the baby is large, it may be carried lower, and boys are often larger at birth.
Should a woman gain between 25 and 35 pounds during pregnancy?
- Yes. A weight gain of 25 pounds is considered the normal.
- No. Although the average amount of weight gain during pregnancy has increased in the United States over the last decade, 25 pounds is considered too much.
- There's no standard weight index for pregnancy. It's a matter each woman should discuss with her doctor.
Is it easier to get pregnant the second time?
- Only if your first baby wasn't premature.
- Yes. You're more likely to get pregnant faster the second time around.
- Yes. Especially during the summer months.
- No. Your chances are the same whether you've had children or not.
If your male partner has brothers, are you more likely to have a boy?
- Yes. Lots of boys means a genetic disposition to have male children.
- No. Gender selection is usually pretty random.
- Maybe. If there are lots of brothers on both sides of the family, it could mean you're more likely to have a male child.
Are people becoming less fertile?
- Yes. In developing countries low fertility is a growing problem.
- No. There's no reason to believe people are becoming less fertile.
- Maybe. There are currently studies underway evaluating the issue.
Does sexual position influence gender?
- Yes. Sex in the missionary position is more likely to result in having a girl.
- Yes. Sex in the missionary position is more likely to result in having a boy.
- Yes. Sex in the missionary position is more likely to result in having twins.
- No. Different sexual positions have no impact on a baby's gender.
Should pregnant women avoid hot baths?
- Kind of. Bathing in water warmer than 98 degrees F can be harmful.
- Yes. Bathing is less healthy for the fetus than showering.
- No. In fact, hot baths are relaxing and can reduce muscle and joint pain.