Baby, It's a Myth: Pregnancy Folklore Quiz

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4 Min Quiz

If you look at a mouse while pregnant, your baby will be born with:

Some people believe that if you see a mouse during your pregnancy, your child will be born with a hairy birthmark. That's one magical mouse.

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Drinking this helps a nursing mother's milk come in faster.

A mistaken belief is that the barley in dark beer helps milk come in faster. However, it might help Mom relax a bit.

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If your hands are dry during your pregnancy, you're having:

Dry hands during pregnancy supposedly mean you're having a boy; soft hands mean you're having a girl. Try some moisturizer.

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If you suffer from this during your pregnancy, your baby will be born with a lot of hair.

Many say that women who have a lot of heartburn also have babies with lots of hair. However, both of these are simply common.

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Eat some garlic. If the smell seeps out of your pores, you're having a:

If you can smell the garlic coming off you, you're having a boy. If you can't, it's a girl. We guess boys just smell worse.

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If you mix this with your urine, it will turn pink for a girl and blue for a boy.

Some people mistakenly believe if you pour some Drano into the toilet after you pee, the resulting color will predict the sex of your baby. DO NOT put Drano in your toilet, say the folks who make the product.

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You're having a boy if your feet are:

Cold feet mean you're having a boy. Actually, cold feet mean you probably need to put on some socks.

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To prevent stretch marks, your mom might tell you to use:

Cocoa butter is the most popular way to prevent stretch marks, but there's no scientific evidence that it actually works. In fact, it makes skin more sensitive.

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If you wear high heels during pregnancy, your child will be born:

Put down the stilettos unless you want a cross-eyed baby. We have no idea how this piece of folklore started, but Carrie Bradshaw might want to tread carefully.

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If you eat these while you're pregnant, your baby will have a splotchy birthmark.

Dare to eat strawberries during your pregnancy and your baby will be born with a big red birthmark. Not unless you apply the strawberry directly to the baby.

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If you have extreme nausea during pregnancy, you're having a:

Terrible morning sickness means you're having a girl. Or, it just means you have terrible morning sickness.

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People say you cannot do this during your last trimester:

You're not supposed to fly during your last trimester. In truth, you can fly whenever you want. Some airlines just won't let you fly because they don't want a possible labor to interrupt their flight.

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If you crave orange juice, you're having:

An orange juice craving supposedly means you're having a girl. We think it just means you're thirsty.

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Your body (and baby) needs calcium if you're craving:

If you're craving ice cream, it means you need calcium. In reality, most cravings are just cravings. Your baby doesn't "want" anything, so be careful not to overeat in the name of pregnancy cravings.

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If your knowledge of pregnancy comes mostly from TV, you'll know that when a woman begins labor, you should immediately:

Boiling water is the go-to task on every sitcom whenever a woman goes into labor. All it really does is keep people out of the way. Which isn't such a bad thing, come to think of it.

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If you do this, your fetus will be strangled by the umbilical cord.

A scary old wives' tale is that if you stretch your arms over your head, you can strangle the baby with its own umbilical cord. This has absolutely no basis in reality.

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If you refuse to eat the heel of a loaf of bread, you're:

If you don't like the heel of the loaf of bread, it means you're having a girl. More likely, it means you can't stand the end of the bread loaf.

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You can drown your fetus by:

Believe it or not, some people believe you can drown a fetus by taking a bath. However, a fetus is safely encased in an amniotic sac, and its lungs are full of water anyway. Just keep your bathwater safely under 98F.

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Food cravings associated with having a boy include:

If you're craving salty food, you're going to have a boy. Sweet cravings, a girl. Or, you're simply hungry.

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If you go outside during an eclipse, your baby will be born with a(n):

A bizarre old wives' tale says you can give your baby a cleft palate by going outside during an eclipse. Last we checked, the moon cannot cause birth defects.

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About This Quiz

From predicting the sex to preventing stretch marks, everyone has a "tried and true" method passed down throughout generations. However, most of these are simply old wives' tales. Take this quiz to see how much you know about pregnancy folklore.

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