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Pregnancy: Fact vs. Fiction

Sydney Morning Herald,   2009
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Heidi Murkoff has just released the latest in her popular What to Expect series, titled What to Expect Before You're Expecting. The book is aimed at women who are trying to conceive.

Here are some common pregnancy myths.

1. The longer it takes you to get pregnant, the more likely you are to conceive a boy.

Partly true - Women who take longer to conceive are more likely to have thicker cervical mucus, and boy sperm swim better in thicker mucus.

2. A woman in her early 20s not using birth control has a 50 per cent chance of getting pregnant each month.

False - Getting pregnant isn't as easy as you'd think. When you're under 25, your monthly chances of hitting baby bingo are just 20 to 25 per cent. The monthly odds for a woman who is over 35 are about 15 per cent.

3. Saliva is the most fertility friendly lubricant to use when you're trying to conceive.

False - Saliva is a sperm killer. In fact, most lubricants and massage oils are fertility unfriendly, so best to go without when you're baby making.

4. Boxers are a better bet than briefs when you're trying to conceive.

True - Though in most cases, not true enough to make a big difference. Sperm production can be affected by overheating, whether it's in a hot tub, a sauna, spandex bike shorts, or a pair of tighty-whities.

5. Laptops can impair sperm production.

True - The heat is on when you use a laptop on your lap, and heat is not a friend of male fertility. To keep the family jewels in top family-generating shape, treat your laptop like a desktop. The same may hold true for mobile phones so keep them out of your pocket.
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