Pregnancy and birth superstitions

There are a whole range of superstitions about pregnancy and birth - all to be taken with a large pinch of salt! From dangling a gold ring over the bump to avoiding dark foods if you want a baby with light skin, there are many old wives' tales out there. Some of them are quite bizarre!

As anyone who’s pregnant will know, there are a whole range of myths, old wives’ tales and superstitions about pregnancy, birth and what your baby will look like – all to be taken with a large pinch of salt! Some of them – such as not having baths that are too hot – are based on scientific evidence. Others, such as avoiding watermelon as it may make your baby’s head big, resulting in a difficult delivery, and squid, as the baby’s umbilical cord could become tangled – are just plain bonkers! Yet, even so, it’s still popular for people to have a good look at your bump to try to work out if it’s high or low and, as a result, if you’re having a boy or a girl, or telling you not to have baby equipment in the house before the birth. From dangling a gold ring over the bump to avoiding dark foods if you want a baby with light skin, there are so many old wives’ tales out there that we had to put them all in one place…

If you’re looking for another way to find out more about your little one before your due date, try out the nub theory which is said to help you find out your baby’s sex before your scan can! 

So here are our superstitions! Scroll through them using the arrows above the picture, or click on the image to get to the next slide.