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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Whatever you do, don't vacuum!

Perhaps I will be pilloried by the pregnant women of America who have used this piece of advice to inspire husbandly tidiness, but there is nothing to this theory, either. Vacuuming won't harm a pregnancy.

To be fair, intense physical activity, causing temperatures to rise and energy stores to be depleted, is associated with reduced infant birth weight and spontaneous abortion. However, this physical activity is more along the lines of marathon running, not house cleaning.

The bottom line: Like every other activity, if you start getting Braxton Hicks contractions and feeling light-headed whenever you vacuum, then let the dust bunnies accumulate.

Next: Don't smell anything scented, it will make you go into labor!

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