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The fertilization and development of one or more offspring, known as an embryo or fetus, in a woman's uterus.

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Do pregnant women crave pickles?

In my friend group it is "common knowledge" that pregnant women eat pickles a lot and we sometimes joke that we saw someone's girlfriend eating pickles with the implied consequence that they ...
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Does taking a daily multivitamin reduce chances of miscarriage?

Mayoclinic writes in it's Symptoms & causes of Miscarriage: Prevention [...] Take a daily multivitamin. I was under the impression that for the average person multivitatmins don't provide health ...
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Did Donald Trump say that the law allowing a baby to be born from his or her mother's womb in the 9th month is wrong?

2 days ago, Twitter user Todd Dracula shared a video from a Donald Trump speech, which can be found at https://twitter.com/ToddDracula/status/954410865993879558. In it, the President appears to claim:...
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Do first pregnancies tend to deliver later than the due-date?

Many online resources state that it's very unlikely for a pregnancy to result in a delivery exactly on the estimated due date. I've seen the number of about 5%, but can't find it nor am much ...
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Did a woman from Gaza give birth to 69 kids before her death?

According to Al Arabiya: A 40-year-old Palestinian woman has given birth to 69 kids, her husband was quoted as saying by Gaza Al-An news agency. The husband confirmed that his wife died on Sunday. ...
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Does Texas have the worst maternal mortality in the developed world?

A 2016 article in the Guardian claims that Texas has seen a doubling in the maternal mortality rate after the closure of 80 family planning centres giving obstetric and gynaecology advice to pregnant ...
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Can you determine the gender of a baby by the shape of the mother's belly?

This is a very common saying that people make about soon-to-be mothers. But is it really true? Can you tell what the gender of a baby will be based on how the mother's belly is shaped? Article that ...
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Did an American woman give birth to 17 babies at once?

World News Daily Report claims: An American woman has totally annihilated the former World Record for the most babies in a lone pregnancy by giving birth to seventeen babies over 29 hours last ...
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Did Target send pregnancy-related flyers to people taking folic acid? [closed]

I was listening to On The Media, a weekly NPR show/podcast, and heard a retelling by Sam Thielman of the Guardian of what I always thought was an apocryphal tale regarding data mining by Target ...
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Is it true that if you are pregnant you should not walk bare foot? [closed]

My mother and my grandma told me when I was pregnant I should never walk barefoot because I would get sick as you absorb everything from your feet. Is this an old wives' tale ?
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During pregnancy, do babies send stem cells to their mothers to repair organ damage?

This picture is floating around the facebooks with no attribution to an original source (not even a source of the image): The image says: During pregnancy, if a mother suffers organ damage, the ...
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Has a company ever used a drug test as a cover to test for pregnancy or disease? [closed]

Some people claim that unscrupulous employers have used drug tests as a cover to use a woman applicant or employee's urine to determine if she is pregnant (or has other medical conditions that might ...
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Do babies dream in the womb? [closed]

There are various sources that say that fetuses have rapid eye movement in the womb and they might be dreaming during REM sleep. Scientists who follow the fetus's daily life find that it spends most ...
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Do pregnant women "glow"?

In fiction it's as common as dirt to hear "you're glowing" as a response to news that someone is pregnant or an indication of it without it being said. This doesn't seem to be limited to just ...
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Do babies born with lots of hair cause heartburn during pregnancy?

This is a common wives' tale about pregnancy and I heard it many times during the course of the various pregnancies I've recently been near. In particular, one of the infants was born with a full head ...
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Does fetal tobacco smoke exposure cause permanent harm?

The Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development says: However, the evidence from literature on both animals and humans is very convincing: smoking during pregnancy is a contributing factor to ...
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Can pregnancy tests check for testicular cancer in men?

I saw this picture here: [ Is this true? Can cancer be detected by a pregnancy test?
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Does marriage between first cousins double the risk of birth defects?

From The Guardian: Marriage between first cousins doubles risk of birth defects... Is this true? After all, the Rothschilds (richest banking family in human history) are known for inter-marriages ...
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Are 42% of human deaths worldwide from abortion?

Lately, social media has been flooded with all sorts of "facts" about abortion. This one in particular caught my attention: 42% of yearly deaths in the world are from abortion A worldwide ...
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Does the EPI-NO device prevent perineal injury during childbirth?

My wife suggested that we should use EPI-NO, a muscle training device to prevent perineal injury during childbirth. Does anybody has data on the device? Is it effective? The web-site has a studies ...
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Does water therapy provide measurable benefits to childbirth?

I recently watched the trailer for The Business of Being Born, which included the following quote: "The presence of Doulas; using water during labor; these things have been scientifically shown to ...
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Does pregnancy food influence a child's future food preference?

Some sites claim that food eaten during pregnancy influences a child's future food preferences. Research suggests babies born to mothers who eat lots of vegetables during pregnancy and/or while ...
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Do victims of rape have biological defenses that prevent pregnancy?

Pro life Rep. Todd Akin, who was running for Senate in Missouri, said: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Needless to say, this claim is ...
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Does obstetric ultrasonography ("ultrasound") impose a significant health risk to the unborn baby?

Full Text: Ultrasounds in Pregnancy NOT as accurate and safe as YOU think I'm a Baby-weaning, Breast-feeding Natural-Birthing Mama and Proud Increasing Risks : * Miscarriage, ...
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Does eating her newborn's placenta relieve a mother's postpartum symptoms?

Eating placenta has become really popular, especially since Mad Men star January Jones spoke to People Magazine about her own choice to have her son's placenta freeze dried and put into pill capsules. ...
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Does sleeping on your left side, while pregnant, improve blood flow?

According to babycenter.com and countless other pregnancy sites and youtube videos, women should sleep on their left side while pregnant to improve blood flow to the fetus: Sleeping on your side is ...
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Can a woman become pregnant through splash pregnancy?

I have read that there is something called "splash pregnancy" which is when you get pregnant without having penetration. So far I have only found anecdotal stories about it, but is there any ...
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Can eating hot peppers while pregnant affect the fetus' skin?

The only thing I've found regarding hot peppers while pregnant says that it can possibly induce labor. My mom just told my pregnant wife that eating hot pepper can damage the fetus' skin: the skin ...
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Does the oral contraceptive pill "age" a woman's cervix prematurely?

Well, I heard an interesting one tonight. My wife passed on that on a blog discussing contraceptive use, someone posted a link to a site stating that taking Ortho Tri Cyclen, an oral contraceptive, &...
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Can a woman determine the gender of her unborn child using the Red Cabbage Test?

I recently stumbled on a blog post detailing the successful prediction of the gender of the author's child using the Red Cabbage Test. Despite the imperfect analysis of the results: The ...
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Do pregnant women have a heightened sense of smell?

I've heard anecdotes from pregnant women that they have a heightened sense of smell, and How Target Figured Out A Teen Girl Was Pregnant Before Her Father Did cites a NYT article mentioning similar ...
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Does sexual position affect the chances of conception?

I have seen the claim that some sexual positions are better for getting pregnant than others. For example this article on how to have baby-making sex claims: Be a missionary It might seem ...
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If you're born on an airplane, do you get free flights for life?

It's a common myth that if you're born on an airplane, or mid-flight, you get free flights for life from whatever company is running the flight. Example of a claim - just pertaining to one company, ...
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Is it safe for nursing mothers to dye their hair?

My wife has been abstaining from dying her hair during pregnancy. Now the baby is born, I suggested she could use the dye again. She said no. A search online was inconclusive: A pregnant woman at ...
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Is any amount of alcohol during pregnancy safe?

Doctors seem to always say a woman shouldn't drink at all during pregnancy. But then I have heard a midwife say "it would take a lot of constant drinking to cause fetal alcohol syndrome; you'd be fine ...
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Does prenatal ultrasound screening affect the fetus' brain negatively?

Sinistrality-a side-effect of prenatal sonography: A comparative study of young men - paper from 2001 Although ultrasound during pregnancy is used extensively, there is little published on ...
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Can women give their children certain allergies by eating certain foods while pregnant?

I've heard anecdotes time and time again from people with allergies that their parent ate a lot of the food they're allergic too while pregnant. Is there any known correlation? Alright, let's jazz up ...
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Does a fetus feel pain during abortion in gestation week 12-18?

One of the sources of the claim: http://www.blogicus.com/archives/babies_feel_pain_during_abortions.php The fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks. This is probably a conservatively late estimate, but it ...
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Is classical music good for a pregnant woman and her baby

I heard that classical music is good for a pregnant woman and her baby. Actually my wife is pregnant, and this is our first baby. So my question is is it true that classical music is good for a ...
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Are women who have had children less likely to get breast cancer?

We had a guest over for dinner who's step-mother had breast cancer some years ago. It was also mentioned that this woman had never had children, and both our guest and my wife related that they had ...
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Shouldn't tell about pregnancy in first trimester

We have another baby on the way and I was thinking about asking this previously, but wasn't sure how common it was as our first child predates this site by about 4 years. Now we have another on the ...
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Can an ovulation calculator increase your likelihood of getting pregnant?

An ovulation calculator is something that apears on most pregnancy and baby sites on the internet. Searching for the term "ovulation calculator" on Google produces over 2 million results. This "tool"...
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Do solar eclipses cause harm to pregnant women?

There are so many articles in the internet that say going out during a solar eclipse causes harm to pregnant women. Is this claim true? Why did this myth come in the first place? This is from a BBC ...
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Are some species of animals born pregnant?

I've heard of claims that aphids can be born pregnant, like tribbles in ''Star Trek''. However, doing a web search didn't provide very convincing evidence. The Straight Dope refers to being pregnant ...
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Does eating papaya everyday work as a contraceptive?

I saw a few hours ago a friend posted on his Facebook wall a claim that some research from the University of Sussex has shown that daily consumption of ripe papaya works as a contraceptive, and to ...
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Is it possible to influence the sex of a baby by controlling the mothers' diet?

Can a mother decide whether a baby will be born male or female through careful control of her diet?
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Chinese Birth Charts

A friend of mine recently became pregnant one of the more woo things she has come out with is Chinese Birth Charts. On the admittedly tiny data set of 5 the chart was 100% accurate. I in no way ...
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Is "Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation" (TENS) effective?

I have recently become aware of TENS, but have yet to find any definitive evidence it is either a legitimate treatment or a full-blown pseudo-science. The closest was this BBC article: Some of the ...
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