All pregnancy old wives tales have a 50/50 chance of being correct, so why not have a little fun with them.
Old Wives Tale #1: Heartburn
If a pregnant woman experiences heartburn throughout the nine months of pregnancy, she’ll have a baby born with a full head of hair.
Old Wives Tale #2: Umbilical Cord
If a pregnant woman lifts her hands above her head, she will choke the baby because the umbilical cord will be wrapped around the baby. The truth of this pregnancy wives tale is that the umbilical cord can wrap around the baby if the baby moves a lot while in the uterus, but you stretching your hands above you head will not increase this likelihood.
The baby gets tangled in the umbilical cord in about one third of all births, so it’s not so uncommon.
Old Wives Tale #3: Coffee
If a baby is born with light-brown birthmarks, it is said that the mom drank too much coffee or had unfulfilled cravings while she was pregnant.
Old Wives Tale #4: Shape of baby bump
If you are carrying high with a big, round belly, you are having a girl. If you are carrying low with a smaller belly that sticks straight out, it’s a boy.
Old Wives Tale #5: Drinking water
Drinking water is really important when pregnant. An old wives tale was that if the mom-to-be wasn’t drinking enough water daily, the amniotic fluid would be really dirty for the baby. Drinking tons of water will help you stay hydrated, but has no correlation with how clean or dirty the amniotic sac is.
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