Sparkles & Stretchmarks: A UK Parenting & Pregnancy Blog: Friday Fives: Old Wives Tales!

Friday, 11 January 2013

Friday Fives: Old Wives Tales!

A new feature on my blog is my Friday Fives posts.

Each and every Friday I will be bringing you a list of 5 things - the topics will vary every week, but for the remainder of my pregnancy they will  be pregnancy related!

My first Friday Five is....

The Five Most Unfounded Old Wives Tales (In my experience, at least!)

1. No Morning Sickness = Boy

This was one of the very first old wives tales I heard. As I've mentioned before, from the word go I have suffered with EXTREME morning sickness - from week 6 right through to week 25! I was continuously told by countless Old Wives Tale Believers that this means I must 100% be having a little girl - as no mother expecting a son has ever been known to experience morning sickness!
 The little winky present in my womb at our 16 week gender scan dispelled that myth for me.

2. Heart rate = Gender Giveaway!

Another gender-related old wives tale is that your unborn babies heart rate can give away the sex of your baby. Your midwife tends to listen in to the babies heartbeat at around 16 weeks and should tell you the BPM count - according to the tales anything over 140 is indicative of a little girl, and anything below is a boy.
 Our babies heart rate was a steady 155 bpm - again, our little dude had mislead us!

3. The Tell-Tale Carry 

They were extremely fond of their gender tell tales, these old wives! This particular one is all about the position of your bump. If you're carrying low you're having a boy! Carrying high, it must be a girl!
Again - my couldn't-be-higher bump situated directly beneath my bra line surely meant I was carrying a little girl. If I put more faith into these old wives tales than in the wonders of ultrasound I would be SERIOUSLY doubting our gender scan right now!

4. Watch that cord!

I first heard this one from my mother when I offered to put some washing away a few weeks ago - she looked at me horrified and told me that I absolutely could not do that as it would mean stretching my arms above my head to reach the top shelf, and doing this would undoubtedly mean that my baby would be strangled by the umbilical cord!
 A little Googling later, I of course realised that this was absolute rubbish - of course umbilical cords CAN get wrapped around babies neck, but the positioning of a mothers arms has absolutely nothing to do with it! - I chose to keep this to myself however, as any excuse to NOT have to put away washing works for me.
 I only hope my mum doesn't read this or the jig is up.....Oops.

5. Heartburn = Hairy Baby

According to the tales of old, if a pregnant woman suffers greatly with heartburn during pregnancy the reason is simple - the agitation is being caused by all the hair that your baby is in possession of!
 Of course, my baby has yet to be born so I can't judge this one for myself yet - but given the heartburn I have experienced, if this one is true then in 12 weeks time I expect to be giving birth to something that looks a bit like this:

Have you had any personal experience with these old wives tales? Were they more accurate for you? 
As always, I'd love to hear your comments! :)


  1. My grandma kept saying we were having a girl because she nor any of her friends suffered with morning sickness and they all had boys!

    And all the 'nub' theories are rubbish too as they all led me to be having a girl!

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

    1. Lol! Yeah the nub theories didn't work for me either - or the skull theories!


  2. Great post! The sickness one was right for me as I had no sickness for my son and sickness this time and we're having a girl, the heartrate one was totally wrong this time as this baby's heartrate is 120 bpm which should mean it's a boy. I carried really high with my son and I'm carrying really low with my daughter so that's wrong too lol I've never heard the cord one before and as far as the heartburn old wives tale goes that one is right for me as I had no heartburn with my son and he had no hair and I've had quite bad heartburn this time and at my 4D scan they told us that our baby girl has got lots of hair! :) xx

    Beauty by Emma

    1. Thanks hun! :)
      At least some of them worked for you, that makes a nice change! :)

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  4. Great post...I have 2 girls...One I had no morning sickness and was told by people I was having a boy...Nice surprise when she arrived a girl...hehehe
    hahaha...never heard that about the cord before..

    1. Thanks! Funny how it can be different experiences even with the same gender! :)

  5. Lol those old wives tales do make me laugh ...

  6. I had BAD morning sickness with my boys.. and with my daughter. And my daughters heartbeat was actually lower than my boys heartbeats were.I had BAD heartburn, all three of my children had very little hair, lol. Defiantly can't go by old wives tales, they do make me chuckle though, lol. Fab post =o) x


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