Hands Off My Belly! Pregnancy Myth Quiz

5. TRUE Well, possibly. It may help to avoid positions where gravity is not working in your favor, such as the "woman-on-top" positions, since the semen is more likely to flow away from the cervix.

6. FALSE No woman should blame herself for a miscarriage. The number one reason for miscarriage is a genetic mistake that occurs when egg and sperm meet. It is nature’s stopgap.

7. FALSE There is no truth to this myth. How a woman carries a baby has to do with physical attributes of mother and fetus., not gender.

8. FALSE The “balling up” of the stomach is actually a uterine contraction and is not influenced by the sex of the baby.

9. FALSE Studies show no significant difference between a male and a female fetal heart rate.

10. FALSE ... unless the following conditions are evident: placenta previa, in which the placenta develops in front of the cervix; preterm labor; bleeding; or an incompetent (weakened) cervix.

11. FALSE Currently, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention has found no link between cell phone use and problems with pregnancies, but the question remains whether or not the child will have developmental issues after birth. For now, we feel it a good precaution to decrease a pregnant woman’s belly exposure to cell phones. This means setting the phone away from her and using a speaker option if possible or a wireless ear apparatus like a Bluetooth headset.

12. FALSE Biologically and scientifically speaking, no relationship exists between the day of the week and the personality of the infant.

13. FALSE Without a doubt, certain environmental toxins can cause a plethora of birth defects, but many birth defects are considered multifactorial, meaning that multiple causes contributed to the process rather than one specific cause.

14. TRUE When a baby breastfeeds, the mother’s body releases oxytocin, which causes uterine contractions, which help expel the uterus.

15. FALSE (with an exception) Cravings have been studied at length, but no definite understanding of them exists. If a pregnant woman craves healthy foods, give in to the craving; if she craves junk food or fast food, find a healthy, equally satisfying substitute. The exception: if she starts craving odd things like chalk or tires or paint, she should consult a healthcare provider, because the craving could signify an underlying issue like anemia.

16. FALSE Although multiple births do have a high occurrence where fertility drugs have been used, the majority of twins and other multiples occur naturally.

17. FALSE There is no medication on the market today that has been to shown to completely stop preterm labor.

18. TRUE A number of vaginal infections can instigate preterm labor and contraction.

From Hands Off My Belly! The Pregnant Woman's Survival Guide to Myths, Mothers, and Moods.

Shawn A. Tassone, MD, FACOG, and Kathryn M. Landherr, MD, FACOG (Tucson, AZ), are the co-owners of La Dea Women’s Health in Tucson, AZ, where Dr. Tassone is the medical director and his wife, Dr. Landherr, is a practicing physician. Both Drs. Tassone and Landherr completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and are board certified in obstetrics and gynecology. Each is also an Associate Fellow of Integrative Medicine under Dr. Andrew Weil at the University of Arizona. check out their blog and website or following them on Twitter.

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