Unless you have experienced them before, both pregnancy and birth can feel like completely new experiences from anything you've ever been through. And while there's a lot of excitement and anticipation surrounding meeting your little one and growing your family, it can also be an intimidating and overwhelming time. You might find yourself reading books, magazines, or websites or asking friends and family members who have kids about every little thing. Though some of the information you'll find is solid, some things are more old wives' tales than anything else. The creepiest old wives' tales about pregnancy and birth can be weird, surprising, or down-right scary, so knowing what's fact from what might not be exactly true can help put you at ease during a time when everything feels new and different.
You may have heard some of the prevalent — but more benign and less strange or scary — old wives' tales about pregnancy and birth, like that having heartburn while you're pregnant might mean that your baby will be born with a lot of hair. And the fact of the matter is, some old wives' tales — creepy or not — are, in fact, actually true. These creepier old wives' tales about pregnancy and birth might be intriguing or even a bit scary, but they're things that you might hear over the course of your pregnancy, so knowing which may have some truth to them and which really don't can be useful whenever they come up.