OB/GYN, pediatrics

Five common myths about trying to get pregnant

Couples looking to conceive have no shortage of information confronting them. Problem is, some of that information is not accurate.

Signature Medical Group would like to debunk five common myths about getting pregnant:

Myth No. 1:  Don’t exercise while trying to conceive.
In general, exercise is a healthy activity and will not affect your ability to conceive.

Myth No. 2: You can control your baby’s sex.
There is no known way to control the sex of your child. Findings on studies conducted have been inconclusive.

Myth No. 3: You better have children in your 20s, or you’re out of luck.
There is no exact age after which conceiving is less likely. Women in their late 30s or 40s may have more complications or trouble conceiving; however, you’re never “out of luck.”

Myth No. 4: Miscarriages are rare.
National miscarriage rates are between 15 and 20 percent.  Although that statistic may not be widely known, many couples are painfully aware.

Myth No. 5: Don’t drink if you want to conceive. Although more than two drinks a day should be avoided, studies show that moderate alcohol consumption has no effect on fertility. But once you are pregnant, alcohol should be avoided.

If you are trying to conceive and are having trouble, an OB/GYN at Signature Medical Group can be a helpful resource. Make an appointment to see one of our specialists today.