How does pregnancy affect the senses of smell and taste?

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Baby, It's a Myth: Pregnancy Folklore Quiz

Baby, It's a Myth: Pregnancy Folklore Quiz

When you're pregnant, everyone has advice. But most pregnancy folklore is not true. Take this pregnancy folklore quiz to see how much you know.

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