When it comes to
pregnancy there’s an old wives tale for every change your body goes through. But sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. We debunk some common myths and explain a few surprising facts.
By Lynne Roberts
MYTH: Carry high and it’s a girl
Craving sweets? It must be a girl. No morning sickness and cold feet? It’s a boy for sure…
FACT: You’ll have the nose of a bloodhound
For many women one of the first signs of pregnancy is the enhanced sense of smell experts say is caused by surges in the hormone oestr
MYTH: You should be eating for two
Contrary to popular belief, doubling your food intake does not make for a healthy mother or baby.
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FACT: You may sneeze a lot
Feeling a bit bunged up? It could be that you’re suffering from pregnancy rhinitis, which affects up to 30 per cent of pregnant women, ofte
MYTH: You’ll get ‘baby brain’
Experts are divided over the popular myth that your memory goes up the spout during pregnancy. Some claim forgetfulness is part a
FACT: You’ll need to brush more carefully
With improved nutrition and hygiene, the old saying that you ‘lose a tooth for every pregnancy’ is no longer true, but you
MYTH: Morning sickness means a healthy baby
During bouts of morning sickness, women often console themselves with the belief that nausea is the sign of a healthy pregnancy.
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FACT: Your feet could grow a whole size
Swollen feet and ankles are common during pregnancy, but did you know your feet could also ‘grow’ up to a size bigger?
MYTH: You should put your feet up
It used to be thought that women should do as little as possible during pregnancy, but regular exercise can help prepare your body for birth as well
FACT: You really do glow
If you’re suffering from skin complaints, tiredness and morning sickness it could seem as though this one’s just an old wives tale, but the &lsquo