“I’m healthy and active, so getting pregnant should be a cinch”
“Many women believe that if you are healthy and active, you will never have infertility problems. But this is not true. The healthiest and most active people may still have one of the many issues that cause infertility.” Shahin Ghadir, MD, ob-gyn at Southern California Reproductive Center
“I’m carrying high so I must be having a girl”
“Despite what many old wives’ tales say, you cannot tell the baby’s sex from any outlying signs. Your baby naturally lowers during the third trimester in preparation for birth and it has nothing to do with the baby’s gender. Similarly, how you carry the baby has more to do with its weight and size than anything else. Any heartburn you may experience is simply due to the womb pushing your stomach upwards, not the baby’s gender.” John D. Bertrand, MD, ob-gyn at Walnut Hill
“We’ve been checked for STIs so we don’t need condoms”
“Even if your partner goes to his/her doctor to get an STI check and gets a clean bill of health, there are still illnesses that can be passed through sexual activity, like HPV and herpes, that are difficult to find during a routine checkup as they can hide on a man’s penis or in a woman’s vagina. You wouldn’t know you had them unless there is an active wart or lesion. Condoms are still the best way to prevent sexually transmitted infections even if your new partner tests negative for STIs during their pre-sex health care checkup.” Sherry Ross, MD, an ob-gyn and women’s health expert at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California
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