Pregnant Quizzes: Separating Myth from Truth

By Nativity Lennon

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Despite the fact that there are scientific explanations about how babies are conceived, there are still a lot of myths surrounding pregnancy. Did you know, for example, that it’s OK to drink coffee but it’s best to reduce the amount of fish you eat during pregnancy? How much do you really know about those nine life-changing months? Take one of our pregnant quizzes to find out.

Which one of the following is very common during pregnancy?

a.) an itchy belly b.) swollen arms c.) a faster heartbeat

If your answer was a.), you are correct. On top of getting bigger, your belly might also get itchier during pregnancy. This usually happens in the third trimester and is due to a number of reasons. One is the size of the belly itself. As your baby grows, the skin stretches, leading to cracks on the surface of the skin. Though you might be tempted to scratch, don’t do it. This could break the skin even more and lead to stretch marks.

Pregnancy hormones are also to blame. They can cause dry, flaky skin, which in turn causes itchiness. Although the belly is the most commonly affected area, the skin on your hips and thighs might also itch. To prevent it, apply a thick moisturizing cream a few times a day and always after taking a shower. The itchiness usually goes away on its own after a few days.

Which of the following is the most common early sign of pregnancy?

a.) frequent trips to the bathroom b.) early morning nausea c.) weight gain

If your answer was a.), you are correct. Before you even notice a missed period or start experiencing nausea, you might find yourself running to the bathroom more often than ever. Later in the pregnancy, the need to urinate frequently mostly comes from the baby pressing on the bladder. Early in the pregnancy, you might find yourself with the same problem, but for a different reason: the increase of the human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), or pregnancy hormone, in your body. The urge to urinate is especially intense in the first eight weeks of pregnancy.

Which of the following is not a good workout for pregnant women?

a.) swimming b.) yoga c.) weight lifting

That was actually a trick question. They are all OK when done properly. Swimming is great because it makes you feel lighter, so it takes the pressure off your joints, especially late in your pregnancy. Yoga helps you stretch and learn to breathe properly, which could make delivery easier. Pregnant women can lift weights, but it’s best to stick with light weights. If you are used to lifting weights, switch to lighter dumbbells and do a higher number of repetitions. For example, rather than 10 repetitions with an 8-lb. dumbbell, do 12 repetitions with a 5-lb. dumbbell. You’ll still get results without straining your muscles.

Which of the following is not safe to do during pregnancy?

a.) drink caffeinated sodas b.) donate blood c.) fly

It’s a myth that pregnant women cannot drink caffeine. As long as it’s done in moderation (no more than two cans a day), soda, both regular and diet, is perfectly acceptable. Healthy pregnant women can also fly safely. Note the emphasis on healthy. If you have blood pressure or circulation problems, or are suffering from intense nausea during pregnancy, talk to your doctor before getting on a plane. So, that leaves donating blood, which you can’t do if you’re pregnant, according to the Red Cross. This is because donating blood can leave you slightly anemic, and this can affect the health of the baby.

Online pregnancy quizzes can help you separate fact from myth. But if you have questions about serious issues, don’t rely on Internet quizzes as your primary source of information, talk to your doctor instead.

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