Pregnancy Myth Busters!

Fact, Not Fiction

Not all pregnancy lore is false. Some conventional wisdom you shouldn't ignore:

Eating sushi can be dangerous. Raw fish comes with a risk of parasites. If you're affected, vomiting and diarrhea could cause dehydration for you and your baby.

Say sayonara to the hot tub and sauna. It might feel good, but sitting in a sauna or hot tub raises your body's core temperature, which can lead to fetal abnormalities, according to some studies.

Avoid contact sports. Kickboxing, martial arts, and downhill skiing have a high risk of contact -- as do team games like soccer or basketball. If you fall or are hit, the excess force on the abdomen can be extremely dangerous for your baby.

Originally published in the September 2010 issue of Parents magazine.

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