Pregnancy 101

Unsolicited Pregnancy Advice, Examined

People love to give pregnant women advice, but their good intentions are often uninformed. Here, experts explain what's true, and what's not.

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If someone presses the wrong part of your foot, you'll go into labor!

This one is based on the idea that certain reflexology points on the foot can trigger miscarriage or premature labor. But not one OB-GYN I spoke to, and not one study, can back up this theory.

There is currently no evidence that this is true, although an experienced foot reflexologist may help alleviate some of the swelling and pain experienced through a pregnancy-specific treatment.

The bottom line: There’s no reason to turn down a husband-powered foot rub.

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