The thing is though, the more I read and research this whole pregnancy thing, the more I realize that a lot of the advice that we are so familiar with is actually completely wrong. Most of the time, it's harmlessly wrong, but sometimes it actually has consequences. Either it causes the mom to go way out of her way and inconveniences her for no reason, or it may actually be bad advice.
So today, we're going to play a little game. I'm going to give you some common pregnancy advice, and I want you to tell me which pieces of advice are true. First one to get them all right gets a shout-out! (I numbered them so you can just use numbers in your answer.)
- If the mom has cold feet, the baby is a boy.
- A lot of heartburn while pregnant means the baby will be born with lots of hair.
- Refusing to eat the heel on a loaf of bread means you're having a girl.
- Dangling a wedding ring over your tummy shows the gender. (If it spins side to side or in a circle.)
- If you see a mouse while you are pregnant, your baby will be born with a hairy birthmark.
- If you carry out front, it's a boy. If you carry in the middle, it's a girl.
- Eating berries causes splotches on baby's skin.
- If you sweat a lot, it's a girl.
- Taking a bath can drown a fetus.
- If you crave orange juice, it's a girl.
- Stretching your arms over your head can cause the umbilical cord to wrap around the baby's neck.
- If you carry high, it's a girl. If you carry low, it's a boy.
- If you carry high, it's a boy. If you carry low, it's a girl.
- If you have dry hands, it's a boy.
- If you crave greasy foods, you will have a short labor.
- If you wear high heels, your baby will be cross-eyed.
- If you get angry a lot, your baby will have an angry personality. (Or sad or stressed or whatever.)
- Drinking Castor oil will induce labor.
- If the baby's fetal heart rate is fast (over 140) it's a girl.
- You should avoid eating peanuts while pregnant or you increase the risk that baby will be allergic.
**UPDATE: Given how many people have told me several of these, I am really suprised at how many people answered correctly. The answer is, none of them are proven to be true. Several people brought up good points about annecdotal evidence or further studies needed, which are both valid, but as of right now, none of these "facts" have any scientific studies to back them up. Congrats to The Watcher in the Dark, Megan F., Djinn, and Michelle H. You are smarter than an old wives' tale (or something like that). :o)