Myths about pregnancy

Many people believe and have believed since a long time ago these myths about pregnancy that we are about to expose. Ready?

– Pregnancy lasts nine months. Well, not really. More like nine and a half months, but doctors typically measure pregnancy’s length as 40 weeks, counting from a woman’s last period.

– When you have sex determines the gender of your baby. While a few small studies have supported timing methods for sex selection, larger, more recent studies have failed to find any correlation between the day within the fertile window a couple has sex and the gender of the baby.

– You can predict the sex of your baby without technology. Time to break it to grandma: Basketball-shaped bellies do not forecast boys. In a study of 104 women, published in the journal Birth in 1999, no correlations were found between a pregnant belly’s size or shape and the baby’s gender.

– Twins skip a generation. Evidence shows that identical twins occur at random, rather than running in families.

– Breastfeeding makes your breasts sag. While infants certainly drain a lactating breast, their hunger doesn’t cause long-term changes in breast firmness. Scientists have confirmed breastfeeding does not contribute to breast ptosis.

– The mom-to-be is the only one going through hormonal changes. She’s not alone: Dad’s dealing with hormone shifts, too!

– “Morning” sickness only happens in the morning.

If only this were true!

Thought to be caused by shifting hormones, morning sickness can strike (and often does) at any point in the day. So now you can’t let anyone fool you with myths… don’t forget to share the knowledge!

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