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Fact or Fiction: Pregnancy
by Staff
If you think you've got a handle on the approximately nine month process that occurs after an egg and a sperm meet up, then why don't you test your knowledge?

Home pregnancy tests are 93 percent accurate.

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  • almost fact: Home pregnancy tests are 95 percent accurate.

In cases of infertility, the problem lies with the female about 80 percent of the time.

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  • almost fact: It's the male who has the problem about 80 percent of the time.

When a sperm and an egg merge, they form a fetus.

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  • almost fact: When a sperm and an egg merge, they form an embryo.

The brain, spinal cord, heart and other organs begin to form by the fifth week of pregnancy.

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  • almost fact: Those organs don't show up until five weeks later, at 10 weeks.

At 12 weeks, the fetus is about 3 centimeters long and weighs about 1 ounce.

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  • almost fact: That should read 3 inches, not 3 centimeters.

The fetus begins to hear at week 25.

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  • almost fact: The fetus begins to hear at week 35.

Until week 35, the fetus is covered with fine hair called vernix casosa.

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  • almost fact: Until week 35, the fetus is covered with fine hair called lanugo.

Between 24 and 28 weeks, women will be checked for gestational diabetes, a form of diabetes in which the mother does not produce enough insulin.

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  • almost fact: In gestational diabetes, the mother actually produces too much insulin.

According to a well-known pregnancy myth, if you carry the baby high, it's a boy.

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  • almost fact: Carrying the baby high indicates a girl.

Before delivery can begin, a woman's cervix must stretch from 3 inches to 10 inches.

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  • almost fact: Delivery can begin when the woman's cervix is at 8 inches.