Can You Tell The Sex Of A Baby By How Mom-To-Be Is Carrying?
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If you've ever been pregnant, someone has pointed at your belly and exclaimed, 'Ahhh, it's a boy!' or 'Ooohh, it's a girl!' Are they bonkers or actually onto something?
Transcript: If you've ever been pregnant, someone has pointed at your belly and exclaimed, 'Ahhh, it's a boy!' or...
If you've ever been pregnant, someone has pointed at your belly and exclaimed, 'Ahhh, it's a boy!' or 'Ooohh, it's a girl!' But the idea that you can determine sex from how a mom-to-be is carrying, is just a fictitious piece of Olde English Folklore. It was once believed that a woman was carrying a girl if she was carrying the baby up high, and a boy if she was carrying the baby down low, stemming from the belief that girls needed more protection, so they carried higher than boys. Except there's NO scientific basis to back this up. The shape and height of your belly is determined by your muscle and uterine tone, and the position the baby's in. So, what's the most accurate way to determine your baby's sex? Talk to your doctor about getting an ultrasound. And if someone thinks you're having a boy because you're carrying low, tell them that there's a 50% chance they're right.More »
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Many people think that having sex in water prevents pregnancy. Check out our video to get the truth about having sex in water.
Transcript: Don't be fooled by the widely held misconception that a woman CANNOT get pregnant if she has sex in the...
Don't be fooled by the widely held misconception that a woman CANNOT get pregnant if she has sex in the water. The fact is, nothing in water can kill sperm or prevent a pregnancy from happening. Basically, once sperm have been ejaculated into the vagina, their goal is to find an egg to fertilize, and water will not stop their mission. Water will not act as a contraceptive. You're just as likely to get pregnant by having unprotected sex in the water as you are by having sex out of the water. Unless, of course, you're already pregnant, which means you've got other things to worry about. And even if you use a condom or other form of birth control, you can STILL get pregnant. The only 100% foolproof method of preventing pregnancy is by NOT having sex. So, if you choose to have sex, remember that if a penis is inside the vagina, there's a risk of pregnancy, water or not.More »
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Can teething cause a high temperature? It could, during certain stages of teething. Learn more by watching this video.
Transcript: But getting them isn't an easy process. Because of this, many myths abound about teething. A recent...
But getting them isn't an easy process. Because of this, many myths abound about teething. A recent study at done at the Cleveland Clinic, sought to parse truth from myth. And they found that teething does NOT cause a fever over 100 degrees. There MAY be a SLIGHT rise in temperature when the teeth come through the gum, but this does not MAKE a baby ill. There ARE a few surefire signs that your little one is about to get his or her first set of choppers: an increase in drooling, gum rubbing, sucking, and biting often occur. And teething may also lead to irritability, ear rubbing, facial rash, and a decreased appetite for solid foods. But remember, teething WON'T make your baby ill. So if your infant has a temperature over 100 degrees, call your pediatrician. Your baby MAY be sick and need treatment.More »
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Can certain supplements taken by women of child-bearing age help prevent birth defects? Watch the Health Myth: Birth Defects Cannot Be Prevented video for more details.
Transcript: This is an important health myth to dispel. Approximately 3,000 pregnancies per year in the United States...
This is an important health myth to dispel. Approximately 3,000 pregnancies per year in the United States are affected by serious birth defects of the brain or spine, like anencephaly or spina bifida. Up to 70% of these defects can be PREVENTED by consuming the B vitamin folic acid daily-before pregnancy and through the first trimester. Since 50% of all pregnancies are unplanned, the U.S. Public Health Service recommends that ALL women of childbearing age consume 400 micrograms of folic acid daily to help prevent these serious birth defects. And when it comes to pregnancy, BEWARE what you eat and drink. Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) can be prevented if women DON'T DRINK during pregnancy. Some birth defects are caused by medications that are known to interfere with fetal development. These medicines should be AVOIDED when it's possible that a woman might become pregnant. You're NOT powerless, arm yourself with facts and DON'T forget to take your Folic Acid!More »
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Is eating for two while pregnant overrated? Possibly. Learn more about eating during pregnancy.
Transcript: You've heard the maxim that pregnant women need to "eat for two" more times than you can remember. But...
You've heard the maxim that pregnant women need to "eat for two" more times than you can remember. But contrary to popular belief, this adage is NOT true. While a pregnant woman needs extra nutrients like 1,000 mg more calcium and 27 - 30 mg more iron, you DON'T need to "eat for two" to satisfy this added nutritional need. Today, the prevailing rule of thumb is that pregnant women ONLY require an additional 300 calories per baby a day. So, if you're carrying twins, you'd consume 600 more calories than normal. Pregnancy is not a time for overindulgence, it's a time to eat sensibly and healthily. The trick is to consume these extra calories in a way will give a pregnant woman's body the added nutrition it needs. Try eating a handful of nuts or dried fruit for a tasty, nutition-rich snack. While it might be tempting to look at pregnancy as an opportunity to get your nosh on, remember that you're not really eating for two, more like eating for ONE plus a tiny being.More »
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Do men really think about sex every 7 seconds? Watch this video to get the truth behind this sexy story.
Transcript: Men think about sex every 7 seconds, right? Mmmm, not quite. By most accounts, the extent of men's...
Men think about sex every 7 seconds, right? Mmmm, not quite. By most accounts, the extent of men's lustful imaginings is more humdrum. Assuming the average male is awake for 16 hours a day, this would mean that a man thinks about sex more than 57,600 times a day. Someone thinking about sex THAT often would simply be incapable of performing any other tasks at all, and would likely drive himself insane. The origin of the 7-second statistic, a favorite of glossy magazines, is a mystery. The Kinsey Institute suggests that 54% of men think about sex AT LEAST every day, 43% think about it a few times a week, and 4% once a month or less. All men are different though; some WILL think about sex many times daily. And sexually experienced men are reported to fantasize more, perhaps because they have a richer repertoire of material from which to pluck their scenarios.More »
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Chewing gum stays in your stomach for 7 years, myth or fact? If you don’t know the answer, watch this to find out.
Transcript: Your mom told you a million times not to do it. You did it anyway. Did it really sit in your stomach...
Your mom told you a million times not to do it. You did it anyway. Did it really sit in your stomach for seven years? Could it have wrapped around your intestines and strangled them? What really happens if you swallow your gum? We've all heard the old wives' tale warning of such disaster, but to our knowledge there's been no serious health issues related to swallowing gum. Although choking on gum is another matter entirely. Though your stomach can't break down a piece of gum the same way it breaks down food, your digestive system can move it along through normal intestinal activity; in other words, it comes out the "other" end. Although chewing gum is designed to be chewed, and not swallowed, it isn't harmful if ingested. And it's OK to swallow the occasional watermelon seed, too, since doctors are pretty sure watermelon seeds do not grow into full-fledged watermelons in our bellies.More »
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How much of your brain do you use? Probably more than you think. Check out this video to find out more about whether you use only 10% of your brain.
Transcript: People have believed that we use only 10% of our brains for more than 100 years. Unfortunately, all that...
People have believed that we use only 10% of our brains for more than 100 years. Unfortunately, all that means is that people have been wrong for MORE than 100 years. This is probably one of the most oft-repeated factoids about the brain, in part because it's been endlessly publicized in the media. Here's the thing, though; it's NOT true. Brain scans show that the vast majority of the brain does NOT lie fallow. For any given activity, like eating, walking, kissing, or reading naughty novels, you use a few specific parts of your brain. So where did the myth come from? Many sources point to an American psychologist from the early1900s, named William James, who said: "the average person rarely achieves but a small portion of his or her potential. "Many sources point to an American psychologist from the early1900s, named William James, who said: "the average person rarely achieves but a small portion of his or her potential." Over the course of a whole day, however, just about ALL of the brain is used at one time or another. You are, in fact, using 100% of your brain.More »
Last Modified: 2013-10-07 | Tags »
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At some point in time, someone's probably told you that turkey makes you sleepy. But is this true? Find out what really makes you tired during those holiday feasts.
Transcript: Mass media, like CNN and Fox, like to hype up tryptophan-rich turkey as the culprit for post-holiday...
Mass media, like CNN and Fox, like to hype up tryptophan-rich turkey as the culprit for post-holiday meal sleepiness... but that's just a catchy sound-bite.. NOT reality. The tryptophan is NOT to blame for the sudden drowsiness that hits right after the meal. Turkey DOES contain tryptophan, and scientific evidence supports a connection between this amino acid and sleep. BUT, chicken and ground beef contain almost the same amount of tryptophan as turkey! And L-tryptophan doesn't act on the brain unless you take it on an empty stomach, with no protein present. Tryptophan levels found in a turkey dinner are far too low to have a sleepy effect. It's more likely due to the combination of drinking alcohol AND overeating-not just turkey, but also mashed potatoes, cranberries, yams, stuffing, and pie - all of which pull blood away from your brain to help your digestive system do it's work. It's not the turkey's fault, unless you ate the whole bird by yourself!More »
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Does grapefruit burn calories? There are quite a few rumors about this. Watch our featured video and find out if grapefruits can really help with weight loss.
Transcript: Grapefruit may be a good weight loss food, but it doesn't magically burn calories! The American Dietetic...
Grapefruit may be a good weight loss food, but it doesn't magically burn calories! The American Dietetic Association states that "...digestion of any food uses a small amount of energy. But no food-or food component-can 'burn up' the calories in food or 'melt away' body fat.'" Low in calories and sodium, grapefruit is high in potassium and water content; all of which can benefit weight loss. The low calorie count in grapefruit means we can eat grapefruit freely without guilt. Eating any fruit with high water content and potassium boosts water ingestion and helps make one feel full. Research has shown that increasing water consumption can increase energy and speed metabolism. But don't take that to mean that eating grapefruit is in ANY way a stand in for a balanced diet and exercise regimen, because it's NOT.More »
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Midnight snacks are fun, but do they make you gain weight? Watch this video to learn if eating at night makes you fat.
Transcript: While eating late at night has been associated with obesity, midnight munching does not CAUSE obesity....
While eating late at night has been associated with obesity, midnight munching does not CAUSE obesity. A potbelly is the result of too many calories OVERALL, not just the results of late-night snacks. "The time of day a person eats is not as important for overall weight gain as the amount of calories eaten during the day," says a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association. Late-night eating CAN lead to extra poundage. But it's NOT because of the time of day, it's because eating late at night is likely to involve ALCOHOL and SOCIALIZING...two factors that often lead us to over-eat. And eating in this state tends to be MINDLESS munching, of calorie-rich foods. Whether or not you gain weight is simple: if you take more calories in than you expend, then weight you will gain. It's about how MUCH you eat, not so much about WHEN you eat. Weight gain and eating late...busted!More »
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Can you really feed a cold but starve a fever? Find out the truth about this old wives' tale.
Transcript: Welcome to another old wives' tale with no basis in reality. Anyone who has a cold and/or fever NEEDS...
Welcome to another old wives' tale with no basis in reality. Anyone who has a cold and/or fever NEEDS a certain amount of nutrients and fluids to get better. Without them, the body has a more difficult time fighting off the sickness. It's one of the most well-known medical bromides around: starve a cold, feed a fever. But scientists have found little evidence to support this. How these claims came about is unclear. One popular but unproven theory is that fasting during a fever helps lower body temperature, while lots of food helps raise it, thus helping to fight off a cold. But most doctors, and years of research on cold and flu sufferers, say there's only one tried-and-true treatment: PLENTY of rest and fluids. It may help to know that once someone has contracted a cold or the flu, it'll run its course in 5 to 10 days. So don't starve.More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-06 | Tags »
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If you wait after eating to go swimming, are you less likely to drown. Probably not. Check out this video to find out why.
Transcript: No one has ever drowned because they went swimming with a full tummy. While it MIGHT make you uncomfortable,...
No one has ever drowned because they went swimming with a full tummy. While it MIGHT make you uncomfortable, it WON'T cause you to drown. While there's theoretical cause for concern, since the body diverts circulation of blood to the gut-and away from the muscles-which COULD cause a cramp, it's not a real threat. And even if you did get a cramp, in most cases, you could easily exit the water before any real damage is done. alcohol use, lack of safety gear on boats, and lack of protective fencing and covers for pools. Taking some time to digest makes sense, but FAILING to do so is NOT the enormous danger about which we're often warned. However, ALWAYS listen to signals from YOUR body-if you experience pain, severe fatigue or cramping when swimming, go park yourself on your towel, and wait till you feel better, before jumping back in.More »
Last Modified: 2013-10-07 | Tags »
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