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During pregnancy, do babies send stem cells to their mothers to repair organ damage?

The following is true, look up: Dawe GS, Tan XW, Xiao ZC. Cell migration from baby to mother. Cell Adh Migr. 2007;1:19–27. [PMC free article] [PubMed] The scientific name of this process is ...
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Did an American woman give birth to 17 babies at once?

No, this is a fictional article. The source of the article is the World News Daily Report (WNDR). Their disclaimer page explains: WNDR assumes however all responsibility for the satirical nature ...
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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 pregnant women "glow"?

Pregnancy can cause skin to darken in the face, nipples, and even in a line from the belly button to the pubic region. This darkening can sometimes be referred to as a "glow", similar to someone with ...
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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 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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Does a fetus feel pain during abortion in gestation week 12-18?

No, Human fetus cannot feel pain at 20 weeks per three research studies mentioned. Per conclusions of the 2005 JAMA study Evidence Synthesis Pain perception requires conscious recognition or ...
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Do babies born with lots of hair cause heartburn during pregnancy?

Yes, there is a connection. Heartburn is a normal consequence of pregnancy. The predominant aetiology is a decrease in lower oesophageal sphincter pressure caused by female sex hormones, especially ...
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Does fetal tobacco smoke exposure cause permanent harm?

The CDC, NIH, Mayo Clinic, ACS, ALA, and the Australian Government are all saying the same thing. There are known studies that smoking lowers the birth-weight of a baby, which is one of the main ...
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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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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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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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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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Does marriage between first cousins double the risk of birth defects?

Yes, according to Fact Sheet 18 | WHEN PARENTS ARE RELATED – CONSANGUINITY: If parents are unrelated, their risk for having a child with a birth defect or disability is between 2% and 3%. If ...
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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 prenatal ultrasound screening affect the fetus' brain negatively?

Per John P Newnham et.al. in 2004, the results of a randomized controlled trial investigating possible effects of multiple prenatal ultrasound scans on growth and development in childhood showed that "...
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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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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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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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