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Can you determine the gender of a baby by the shape of the mother's belly?

From your source: Like any unscientific gender test, it's accurate about half the time 50% isn't much, you might as well flip a coin. Also from your source: Many things factor into the shape ...
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Do the Huichol of Mexico tie rope around the father's testicles during birth?

The work of art is The Husband Assists in the Birth of a Child by Guadalupe de la Cruz Rios (a Huichol), painted some time between 1960 and 1974. The painting is inspired by Ramon Medina Silva. The ...
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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?

Yes Multiple relatively unbiased sources have both video and transcripts of this line, often with a correction: Right now, in a number of states, the laws allow a baby to be born [torn] from his or ...
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Does acetaminophen use during pregnancy lead to children developing autism?

Unless otherwise noted, quotes are taken from the associated review article. Does acetaminophen use during pregnancy lead to children developing autism? NO. [acetaminophen] is one of the most ...
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Does Texas have the worst maternal mortality in the developed world?

Here are the raw numbers claimed in the article: From 2000 to the end of 2010, Texas’s estimated maternal mortality rate hovered between 17.7 and 18.6 per 100,000 births. But after 2010, that rate ...
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Are pregnant women seven times more likely to die if they get Covid-19?

An estimate of being roughly seven times more likely to die is a reasonable summary of the information in the paper you linked yourself. The sentence in the abstract is Pregnant women with SARS-CoV-2 ...
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Does the oral contraceptive pill "age" a woman's cervix prematurely?

Researchers at Boston University’s School of Public Health discovered in 2013 that long-term users of oral contraceptives, similar to short-term users, experienced a temporary delay in fertility when ...
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Does taking a daily multivitamin reduce chances of miscarriage?

There's a fairly recent paper Vitamin supplementation for preventing miscarriage (2016) that investigates the effect of single vitamin supplements (Vitamin A, Vitamin C). multivitamin supplements, and ...
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Do pregnant women crave pickles?

There is some level of cravings for pickles reported amongst the range of dietary cravings experienced during pregnancy, but they are not nearly the most common form of such cravings. Craving sweet ...
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Can women give their children certain allergies by eating certain foods while pregnant?

The NHS website says You can eat peanuts or food containing peanuts, such as peanut butter, during pregnancy, unless you're allergic to them or a health professional advises you not to. You ...
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Are some species of animals born pregnant?

You mention a number of closely related, but different, concepts in your question. The answer is still yes, because every concept you listed does exist in nature; Evolution is pretty good at coming ...
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Does sleeping on your left side, while pregnant, improve blood flow?

This study examined whether sleep-position affected still-birth risk: Going to sleep in the supine position is a modifiable risk factor for late pregnancy stillbirth; Findings from the New Zealand ...
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Are pregnant women seven times more likely to die if they get Covid-19?

The CDC has data on all-cause maternal mortality from 2018, 2019 and 2020: Year Number of live births Number of maternal deaths Maternal mortality rate 2018 3,791,712 658 17.4 2019 3,747,540 754 20....
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Does eating her newborn's placenta relieve a mother's postpartum symptoms?

Placenta does have beneficial properties. We now know that placentas actually contain a whole host of bacteria — which is a good thing for baby's developing microbiome. Source: Before eating your ...
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Is it safe for nursing mothers to dye their hair?

According to Pregnancy, maternal exposure to hair dyes and hair straightening cosmetics, and early age leukemia Chemico-Biological volume 205 5 September 2013, Pages 46–52: For AML cases, an ...
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