Pregnancy can be an intimidating and overwhelming time in your life. You might be reading heaps of books or browsing every other pregnancy website out there to get to grips with what to expect. Although there’s a lot of solid info out there, some of them are more old wives tales than anything else. In this post, we’ll be taking a look at some of the creepiest old wives tales about pregnancy, helping you see the difference between fact and fiction.
A roundup of the creepiest old wives tales about pregnancy
1. If you eat veggies during pregnancy, your kiddo will love them.
The old wives tale about what you eat during pregnancy affecting your baby’s likes or dislikes might actually be a semblance of the truth, but only to a certain extent. Apparently, there’s some thin evidence pointing to the fact that the flavours of foods get passed into the amniotic fluid. Based on what you eat, there might be a slight difference in the amniotic fluid that could have been caused by your diet. But alas, even if you love veggies and the taste gets carried to the amniotic fluid, there’s no guarantee that your baby will eat them once he enters the world out here.
2. When the barometric pressure changes, more babies are born.
According to Dr Wendy Goodall McDonald, MD, there’s some proof that more babies were born when the barometric pressure was larger. It turns out that big changes in barometric pressure might actually lead to more babies being born.
3. Full moons lead to labour.
Old wives tales rely heavily on weird behavioural changes when the full moon makes its appearance. And this one is no exception to the rule. Luckily, this myth just isn’t true. Full moons and labour being linked is an absolute myth.
4. Your baby’s traits are determined by their day of birth.
There’s an old wives tale that says that babies born on certain days of the week have certain traits. We like to believe that regardless of what day your baby is born on, he or she will still be the most beautiful baby in the world to you.
5. Baby girls steal beauty from their mothers.
This old wives tale insinuates that baby girls steal beauty from their moms. This apparently causes birth mothers to have dull skin, limp hair, acne, and a range of other beauty complications. But the truth is that hormonal changes are responsible for these changes, not the sex of your baby.