When it comes to old wives tales, pregnancy has to be one of the most popular subjects. There seems to be an endless list of old wives tales about pregnancy. These pregnancy myths range from fun tricks to deduce the gender of your baby to weird or even terrifying tidbits about what to do or not do during pregnancy. While many are harmless, some of these can be needlessly upsetting or even spread false information that could be detrimental to you and your baby. In the interest of putting everyone’s mind at ease, let’s have a look at some old wives tales.
Some pregnancy myths are the things that Baby Shower Games are made of. Overall, these are just good fun, but there is no scientific evidence to back any of them. Let’s start with some of the “tips” for determining whether your child will be a boy or girl.
…and the list goes on. Other old wives tales about pregnancy include fun ways to explain your symptoms, like “if you have heartburn, your baby will have lots of hair.” Inaccurate information, but all in good fun. Then there is the laundry list of things that might induce labor, like:
The only one of these claims with any sort of scientific backing is having sex, a substance found in sperm may help to induce contractions. Otherwise, lay off the castor oil.
While some pregnancy myths are innocuous, some are downright unnecessary or unhelpful. Let’s start with the “things to avoid” that have no bearing in reality:
Now, here are some that just flat out spread misinformation:
While many old wives tales about pregnancy are well-meaning, most are just complete nonsense. There is already so much to do and consider and remember when you are pregnant, why add anything unnecessary to that list? With that said, always take any questions or concerns you may have to your doctor.