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The Most Bizarre Pregnancy Advice We've Ever Heard

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Anyone who has ever been pregnant understands that the world is full of bad advice. People seem to be overflowing with wisdom, especially when it comes to another person's child. Combine that fact with the many superstitions surrounding pregnancy, and the helpful advice can become absolutely bizarre. These are some of our favorite bits of outlandish pregnancy advice.

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Find Your Softest Washcloth

"Take a dry washcloth or hand towel and scrub your nipples. You need to do this at least 3 times a day. If you don't, you will be sorry when you begin to breastfeed. It is the best way to prepare yourself for the pain."

-Jocelyn Bartlett Polsgrove

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Care for an In-Utero Filling?

"To go to the dentist because if not, my baby could be born with a cavity. This was given by the nutritionist at my OB-GYN office."

-Sarah Ramirez

Preferably at the Same Time

"Eat Chinese food and jump on a trampoline to start labor."

-Sharon Avery

Girls Are a Lot of Work

"If you want to have a girl, you need to douche after the first time, then have sex again. Female sperm swim more slowly and appear in greater numbers the second time around. (I've always suspected some man was responsible for this urban legend.)"

-Kathryn Nichols

Back Labor

"A Wal-Mart cashier I remember in particular told me that I didn't look 'big enough' and that I was probably 'carrying in my back' ... I am still not sure how in the heck a woman carries in her back. As far as I know, he was in my uterus the whole time."

- Megan Griffin

No, We Certainly Would Not

"To be careful having sex because we wouldn't want to poke the baby in the eye or anything, now would we?"

- Jenna Jean

No Bathing Either!

"A friend was told she shouldn't swim while pregnant because she would drown the baby."

- Aislinn Norah Burton

How Did SHE Get So Smart?

"I teach high school kids about all sorts of health-related topics. When I was pregnant and leading a session about drugs, one of the girls in all seriousness suggested that I should smoke marijuana, because that makes babies three times smarter!"

-Eva Leinerte

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"My mum was told not to lay in the sun because she would 'boil the baby.'"

-Arley McIntosh

Don't Cry Over Spoiled Milk

"That I should keep formula on hand because my milk may not be good ... like it's going to be spoiled coming out."

-Hali B. Harper

What's the craziest pregnancy advice you've ever heard? Tell us in the comments!

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