Weird Ideas and Old Wives Tales about Pregnancy

There’s nothing like being pregnant to have every old wives’ tale ever thought of or dreamed of trotted out for your edification. Some of these old wives’ tales are funny. Some are silly. Some are terrifying. Still others are hugely misleading. Here are some that I heard during my pregnancy.

  • Don’t look at a mouse when you’re pregnant — if you do, your baby will be born with a hairy birthmark.
  • If you get really angry, your baby will be born angry.
  • If you have any desire to stuff your swollen feet in high heels, you’ll have a cross-eyed baby.
  • If you eat strawberries, your baby will have giant red splotches on it.
  • If you tie your wedding ring to the end of a string and hang it over your belly, you will know if your baby is a girl (the ring hangs in a straight line) or a boy (if the ring dangles in a circle.)
  • If you stretch your arms over your head, you could crush/strangle/smoosh or some other way harm the baby.
  • If you’re carrying high, it’s a girl.
  • If you refuse to eat the heel of a loaf of bread, it’s a girl.
  • If your hands are dry, it’s a boy.
  • If your feet are cold, it’s a boy.
  • If you crave orange juice, it’s a girl.
  • Here’s a weird tale: if you mix your urine with Drano and pour it into a toilet, you can tell if your baby is a boy or a girl by the color of the water – blue it’s a boy and yes, pink it’s a girl. (By the way, you shouldn’t use Drano in your toilet)
  • If you have a lot of heartburn, your baby will have tons of hair.
  • If you take a bath, you can drown your baby (can’t drown a baby in utero, don’t worry about that – just keep the water temp down so you don’t overcook yourself or the baby)

What old wives tales have you heard?

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About Heather Long

Heather Long is 35 years old and currently lives in Wylie, Texas. She has been a freelance writer for six years. Her husband and she met while working together at America Online over ten years ago. They have a beautiful daughter who just turned five years old. She is learning to read and preparing for kindergarten in the fall. An author of more than 300 articles and 500+ web copy pieces, Heather has also written three books as a ghostwriter. Empty Canoe Publishing accepted a novel of her own. A former horse breeder, Heather used to get most of her exercise outside. In late 2004, early 2005 Heather started studying fitness full time in order to get herself back into shape. Heather worked with a personal trainer for six months and works out regularly. She enjoys shaking up her routine and checking out new exercises. Her current favorites are the treadmill (she walks up to 90 minutes daily) and doing yoga for stretching. She also performs strength training two to three times a week. Her goals include performing in a marathon such as the Walk for Breast Cancer Awareness or Team in Training for Lymphoma research. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience through the fitness and marriage blogs.