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Readers Respond: Pregnancy Myths and Old Wives Tales

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Updated August 17, 2009

Pregnancy is certainly an event that has a lot of myths and old wives tales surrounding it. From trying to figure out if your baby if a girl or boy based on old wives tales, to pregnancy advice that just doesn't measure up (Like don't take a bath while pregnant...), there are a lot of things to figure out on your own. The problem is that you never really know what's fact and what's fiction! What is the best old wives tale or other piece of not so true advice you've heard about pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding?

Look alike.!

I've always heard that the person you hate the most will be the person your child looks like. Well my son is a spitting image of his father so yeahh lolz
—Guest Mommy of 2

Dream

Some say that if you find your husband more attractive during your pregnancy then you did before,you are having a girl if its the same or less then it's a boy. I remember with my first pregnancy I found my ex (my baby's dad) really ugly and more unattractive than before I was pregnant and I had a boy but now with my current bf (my baby's daddy) I find him soo much more attractive than before and other wives tales pinpoint to a girl also. In my first pregnancy though, I thought and everyone else told me I would have a girl but one night I had a dream of lady which is my mom's friend (she cures people) that she told me that I wasn't having a girl, that it would be a boy. And in my dream I was mad and I told her "No,it's going to be a girl!" and she kept insisting that it would be a boy. So sure enough I go to my doctor a week later and found out I was having a boy! Creepy! But true..hope I get the same dream this time revealing my gender lol..Wish me luck.
—Guest Val

long line

I had a long line on my stomach all the way from my vagina to my breast and I had a beautiful baby girl.
—Guest karrim

Boy or Girl

If your hair grows you are having a girl if your hair doesn't grow it's a boy
—Guest niaja

Gender/ Heartburn

I was told if u carry low its a boy, high its a girl. I carried low with my first and it held true. he is a handsome 2 yr old boy. Im carrying low with this one as well and the ultrasound also says ITS A BOY!! As far as the heartburn/indegestion, I did not have it with my first and he was pretty bald. i have had it non stop since i was 6 months along. im now 39 weeks. so we will c if this baby needs his hair combed when he decides to join us =)
—Guest Grace

Long Line

I read that if your linea negra(the dark line on your stomach) stops at your belly button it's a boy bit if it goes past(or upwards towered your breasts) it's a girl..... Mine stopped at my belly button and I had a boy!
—Guest Adena1991

Fist

I dreamed of a raised fist. I looked it up in my dream cool. it stated that's a sign you are pregnant. I didn't know it right then but indeed I was pregnant with my first child. = ]
—Guest

Belly Shape

I was told that if you turn around and cant tell your pregnant then you are having a boy. If you turn around and can tell your pregnant then you are having a girl. I turn around and you cant tell and the ultrasound said i am having a boy so i guess we will see.
—Guest NewMommy

If you hate someone...

If you hate someone when you are pregnant the child will look like that person ...
—Guest Sharon Panetta

Those silly old wives!

Not many of the tales have worked out for me. According to everyone, I should have had a boy with my daughter because I carried her so high and narrow. I think she was just a small baby! As for spicy food, it did not give her a head of hair, nor did it help my labor along any! She was 8 days past due when she finally came. The most fun superstition was when my husband and I had our fortunes told in Sardinia. My brother translated for us and promised us that Antonio took his prophecy VERY seriously. He predicted that we might fall pregnant with a boy -- subito! Maybe even that very night! It was mesmerizing, but he was mistaken. It took us many months to conceive, and our first was a lovely daughter. Not in line with her prophecy, but still a little wonder!
—Guest Kate

Sex of baby

I've been reading everything says I'm having a boy... but the ultrasound says girl... I don't know, I guess I have to wait till he/she is born.
—Guest monica

Spicy foods

I was told to stop eating spicy foods because they would burn the baby's eyes and they will be born blind. Well my son has perfect vision.
—Guest photo

Hot tub/ bath

My wife's high risk OB and I agree that immersion in hot water can be dangerous. I've noted people down playing this risk. While there is no conclusive evidence (you can't really test something potentially dangerous on pregnant women) increase body temperatures (ir fever) has been linked to neural tube defects. While the exact cause and effect are unknown it seems prudent to avoid raising the body's temperature, especially during early pregnancy when the neural tube is forming. FYI, I am also an RN.
—Guest Stephen

The glow

When they said that there is a glow to those who are pregnant. My mother old me that.
—Guest jenny

Pregnant

If someone has a dream about fish, someone in the family pregnant.
—Guest ms.hayes
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