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Pregnancy does involve some guesswork, especially when it comes to conception and due dates. Here are some common myths about pregnancy and conception that you can stear away from:
* A full moon can induce labor-This is just coincidence on occasion and not fact based.
* Eating spicy foods, having sex, and riding over railroad tracks can induce labor.
* Stretch marks are inevitable.
* Carrying a baby high means she is a girl; and low means he is a boy-The size, stature, and physique determine how a woman carries a child, not the gender.
I'm sorry, some of these are incorrect. A full moon and low pressure fronts (any big storm) both help to induce labor. Having sex can also help to induce labor - I recommend this to several of my patients and it works about 80% of the time. A little bit of light exercise (like walking) and a gentle romp in the bedroom usually do the trick.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|