Fertility & Pregnancy Myths
You shouldn’t exercise much.
Actually, one of the worst things you can do to your body is
to stop exercising before or during pregnancy. Starting a
pregnancy with low energy and too much weight will put you in
line for joint problems, hemorrhoids, the sodden feeling we
all get when we don’t have enough activity and a tough weight
loss challenge once the baby is born.
It is true that
some kinds of exercise are not safe for pregnant women:
squatting and abdominal exercises in particular should be
But your trainer or aerobics coach will tell you
what you shouldn’t do, and other than that, plenty of
regular physical activity will keep you healthy throughout
your pregnancy. If you’re not much of an exerciser anyway, you may want to start
exercising some months before getting pregnant just to help
yourself weather the strain on the back and to keep your energy
Too much exercise would be something that a few athletes, ballet
dancers or eating-disordered women do to keep their weight well
down before normal levels. If you exercise so much that your
periods are irregular or have gone completely missing, you
probably won’t be able to get pregnant anyway because your body
will have temporarily shut down its ovulation schedule. In this
case, you should check in with your doctor to plan an exercise
schedule that is moderate and a diet that will help your baby
grow strong and healthy once you have conceived.
Men’s underwear can prevent pregnancy.
Only if you sew him into it! There have been studies that showed
that men who wore briefs had lower sperm counts than men who
wore boxers. Millions of “briefs” men switched to boxers in
order to do their part in making a baby, enduring the discomfort
of having everything suddenly loose around their legs until
their partners passed the pregnancy test. There are also studies
that have shown no statistical difference in the fertility of
men due to their underwear. The scientific opinion seems at this
point to be that it doesn’t much matter what a man does with his
underwear as long as he takes them off every once in awhile.
That’s pretty much key in babymaking.
Men should postponed sex to “store up” sperm.
Naah. Unless a man has a definite problem with low sperm count,
he has plenty and I mean PLENTY of sperm to get the job done,
each and every time.
Women can’t get pregnant during menstruation.
While technically this is true, let’s discuss the exception that
makes hundreds of women into mothers each year. While during
your period you can’t get pregnant because you are not
ovulating, you can have sex during your period, the sperm can
hang around for a sperm lifespan of five days, and if you
ovulate a little early while that sperm is still enjoying his
post-coital cigarette, hey! Presto! And you’re pregnant. The
chances are slim, though, and if you’re trying to get pregnant,
sex during your period probably won’t be much help on the path
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