We all know that pregnancy comes with its fair share of myths, but have you ever wondered if any of these old wives tales could possibly be true? Either way, it is still fun to learn about them, try them out, and even debunk them yourself during your own pregnancy. So, we chose some of our favorites for you to keep in mind while waiting for your little bundle of joy.
Myth #1: Your facial appearance can determine whether you are having a boy or a girl.
It is a popular notion that a baby girl in your tummy will steal your beauty! Apparently, having a girl can make your hair dryer than normal and more limp, while a boy keeps your hair glossy and glowing. Additionally, it is said that carrying a girl makes your face oily and prone to breakouts, while women carrying boys tend to have clearer, healthier skin.
Myth #2: You can use your wedding ring to figure out your baby’s gender.
It is said that you can determine your baby’s gender by tying your wedding ring to a string and dangling it over your belly. If the ring starts swinging back in forth, your baby will be a boy. If it swings in a circle, you are carrying a baby girl. Although the wedding ring test is simply a fun, superstitious game for mom and dad to play, many say that the test yields accurate results! So, if you find yourself lounging around the house icing your back or winding down after a long day of maternity life, test this one out yourself!
Myth #3: Heartburn during pregnancy means your baby will have hair.
Although only based on speculation, this one comes with a theory. Some scientists say that estrogen is partially responsible for hair growth for a fetus. Estrogen also can result in a stronger stomach acid flow through the esophagus, thus causing heartburn. An article from University of Utah Health supports this theory, suggesting that “It is more likely that while baby hair doesn’t cause heartburn, the hormones that cause it to grow do.” So, if you find yourself having heartburn while pregnant (like many of our Spand-Ice customers), you can expect a hairy baby!
Myth #4: How you sleep depends on the gender of the baby.
This myth is based on the way you naturally fall asleep at night. During your pregnancy, if you prefer to sleep on your left side, you are more likely to be having a boy. If you like to sleep on your right side, its a girl! Again, this tale is most likely just a coincidence, for most women sleep in whatever position will give them the greatest maternity pain relief and back support. However, some women believe that back pain and sleeping position can all correlate to the sex of the baby!
Myth #5: Eating vegetables now might make your baby like them later.
This one makes a lot of sense. When mom eats during pregnancy, the fetus takes in many of the nutrients through amniotic fluid. For this reason, scientists say that babies might be able to taste the flavors and get used to them. Either way, sources such as Healthline and the American Pregnancy Association still say that eating healthy foods such as fruits and veggies are vital to the health of you and your growing baby. It can even impact your baby’s future eating habits. So make sure you keep your diet proper during pregnancy, for it might help your baby enjoy healthy foods later!
That’s our take on some of you favorite pregnancy wives tales. So if you find yourself wondering, try these out to see for yourself!