Pregnancy and Old Wives Tales

There are many old wives tales about pregnancy; I am sure you have been told by one person or another on what and what not to do during pregnancy. It is great and necessary to hear advice during your pregnancy, however, handling unwelcome advice takes some skill.

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Unwanted Advice about Pregnancy

It only gets worse the further along in your pregnancy you are. Someone will want to tell you that you should not bend, or walk a certain way. Another one is being warned not to pick up a baby; in case you hurt the one in your stomach or worse invite early labour. As the pregnancy gets closer to the due date; you will be told many different home remedies to encourage going into labour. Depending on how you see it, it can actually be fun during the nine months stretch of pregnancy; hearing all the wives tales, also known as myths.

Morning Sickness Myth

For pregnant women, you might not care what the sex the baby is, you probably just want the morning sickness to stop. You may even be counting down the days until the first trimester is over.  However, chances are if you have morning sickness someone is bound to tell you what sex of the baby is. One old wives tale is that if you are having severe morning sickness; this is a sign that you are having a girl.

According to another pregnancy myth, if you suffer from bouts of heartburn while pregnant, an old wives tale is that your baby will be born with a head full of hair.

Carrying High or Low

Right before the end of your first trimester;  your doctor will listen to your baby’s heart rate, this is to make sure the baby is doing alright. The old wives tale suggests that if the heart rate is high, then it is a girl and if it is low it is a boy.

Ever have someone tell you that you are carrying high or low and wonder what that really means? Basically, if you are carrying your baby low it is closer to your abdomen, a high baby is closer to your chest. If you are pregnant; look at yourself in the mirror, the old wives tale says that if you are carrying high it is a girl, while low is a boy.

Guessing the Sex

Another old wives tale tries to guess the sex of the baby by the clinginess of other children around you. It goes like this, if you are pregnant and a young boy child gets clingy then you are having a girl or vice versa, if a young girl gets clingy then you are having a boy.

Also, there is a myth about two pregnancies being very different. For example, if you had a troublesome pregnancy before and your next pregnancy is not; then that might mean that you are having the opposite sex baby.

Old wives tales can be a lot of fun but keep in mind these are not facts. Do not go ll pink when preparing your baby’s room just because some old wives tale told you that you were going to have a girl.

[Read 5 Myths Many First Time Mums Believe]


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