Fact or Fiction: Pregnancy

By: Molly Edmonds

Fact or Fiction: Pregnancy
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If you think you've got a handle on the approximately nine month process that occurs after an egg and a sperm meet up, then why don't you test your knowledge?
Home pregnancy tests are 93 percent accurate.
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Most home tests are 97 to 99 percent accurate when used correctly.
almost fact: Home pregnancy tests are 95 percent accurate.

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In cases of infertility, the problem lies with the female about 80 percent of the time.
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Stop the finger pointing. In about 40 percent of infertility cases, the problem lies with the male, while in another 40 percent, the problem lies with the female. In the remaining 20 percent of infertility cases, the problem is either a combination of both partners or some unexplained problem.
almost fact: It's the male who has the problem about 80 percent of the time.

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When a sperm and an egg merge, they form a fetus.
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When a sperm and an egg merge, they first form a single-celled organism called a zygote. The zygote divides over the course of a few days to become an embryo, and at eight weeks, the embryo becomes a fetus.
almost fact: When a sperm and an egg merge, they form an embryo.

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The brain, spinal cord, heart and other organs begin to form by the fifth week of pregnancy.
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By the fifth week of pregnancy, an ultrasound may be able to pick up a heartbeat, as the heart is forming along with the brain and spinal cord.
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almost fact: Those organs don't show up until five weeks later, at 10 weeks.

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At 12 weeks, the fetus is about 3 centimeters long and weighs about 1 ounce.
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almost fact: That should read 3 inches, not 3 centimeters.
The fetus weighs in at 1 ounce and measures about 3 inches at 12 weeks.

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The fetus begins to hear at week 25.
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The fetus begins to hear between weeks 16 and 20.
almost fact: The fetus begins to hear at week 35.

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Until week 35, the fetus is covered with fine hair called vernix casosa.
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almost fact: Until week 35, the fetus is covered with fine hair called lanugo.
The fetus is covered with vernix casosa, a white greasy substance that protectes the skin from amniotic fluid in the uterus, but the term for the fine hair that covers the baby until the 35th week is lanugo.

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Between 24 and 28 weeks, women will be checked for gestational diabetes, a form of diabetes in which the mother does not produce enough insulin.
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When a pregnant woman is diagnosed with gestational diabetes, it means she's not producing enough insulin. She'll have to control her blood sugar with dietary changes and may need insulin injections.
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almost fact: In gestational diabetes, the mother actually produces too much insulin.

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According to a well-known pregnancy myth, if you carry the baby high, it's a boy.
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almost fact: Carrying the baby high indicates a girl.
The myth claims that carrying high means it's a girl, but in actuality, the fetus' position in the mother's abdomen bears no relation to its sex.

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Before delivery can begin, a woman's cervix must stretch from 3 inches to 10 inches.
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The cervix stretches from 3 centimeters to 10 centimeters when preparing for delivery.
almost fact: Delivery can begin when the woman's cervix is at 8 inches.

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