Myths & Old Wives Tales [Pregnancies In Comparison]

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

I thought it would be fun to do a few comparisons in my two pregnancies so far and see if any of the myths/old wives tales are true for me. As you know I was first pregnant with a boy and am now pregnant with a girl, so I thought it'd be interesting to see how they've compared to each other as well, with the exception of NOT mixing any urine and Drano..
Myth #1: If you crave sugary foods it's a girl, and if you crave salty/savory foods, it's a boy.
TRUE. When pregnant with a boy, I craved hamburgers pretty consistently. This time around, I have definitely craved more sweets, which is very unlike me.

Myth #2: If the heartbeat of the baby is over 140, it's a girl.
FALSE, I think. I don't remember specific heart rates with either baby, but don't feel like there was a significant number that stood out, but I believe both were over 140 prior to knowing the sex of the baby.

Myth #3: You swell more when you're pregnant with a girl.
POSSIBLY TRUE. I've had days with this pregnancy where my feet and fingers get a little swollen but I think this is attributed more to my diet (lack of protein), as opposed to baby gender.
Positive 1st time around..
Positive 2nd time around..
Myth #4: You have more morning sickness with a girl.
TRUE. I had nothing even close to morning sickness/nausea when pregnant with our little guy. This time, I had 'morning sickness' each afternoon and evening for the first trimester. I never got sick, but I thought I was going to quite often!!

Myth #5: If you dream about having a girl or boy, your dream is right.
I don't remember having a vivid dream one way or another with either of my pregnancies. I just mostly have really weird/strange dreams or anxious/not prepared situation dreams when pregnant, related to the baby/delivery/birth.
Gender reveal 1st time around..
Gender reveal 2nd time around..
Myth #6: You carry higher and wider with a girl, and lower more in front with a boy.
Besides showing really quick with my second pregnancy, my shape seems to be quite similar in both. Although I don't remember the boy being all up in my ribs and punching/kicking out my sides so much, so POSSIBLY TRUE.

Myth #7: Girls steal your beauty.
TRUE. During this pregnancy with a girl, I feel like my skin, hair, and looks are just dull and exhausted. I don't remember feeling this way when pregnant with a boy.
Myth #8: If you have acne while pregnant, it's a girl.
TRUE. Along the lines of homegirl stealing my beauty, I also had acne primarily on my chest for the first trimester and just more frequently on my face throughout. My first pregnancy, I don't remember getting a zit or acne at all. In fact, I feel like my skin really cleared up and has been pretty consistently clear since then.
30 weeks 1st time around..
28 weeks 2nd time around..
True or false, sweets or low and in front, we are beyond grateful for the healthy babies we've been blessed with and I am extremely thankful that pregnancy has been good to me, both times (so far).

Any other myths/old wives tales you've heard of? What was true/false for you?


  1. I definitely craved sweets too! Acne ugh yes lets not even start there. Her heartbeat was extremely high and i carried her in the front until about 28 weeks i started getting wide and my belly grew tons. Although I never had morning sickness! I did all these wives tales and was sure I was having ably. Completely wrong haha. You definitely don't look like she is stealing your beauty!

    1. I felt like sweets and nausea were the biggest things for me that made me think it was a girl. That's funny you thought you were having a boy. It'll be interesting to see how it all compares if you have #2. Document some stuff even though you think you'll remember cause quite a few things have escaped my memory already..!! :) Thanks!! You know how it is when you just aren't feeling it sometimes..

  2. This was so fun to read! I always get a kick out of hearing what my pregnant friends say about old wives tales and what ones are true for them. It seems like they are right about 50% of the time! Enjoy your last month of being pregnant!

    1. Haha it is interesting, that's for sure!! I suppose over years and years of people doing this, there are patterns. :) And sometimes I just call BS on it all. :)

  3. I love the comparison! I don't have anything to compare too but... I didn't really have morning sickness with Mason. I did feel sick sometimes and thought I was going to be sick a couple times but (thankfully!!!) never actually got sick. Also, I think the heartbeat thing is wrong... Mason's was over 140 and he was definitely a boy!

    1. That's awesome you weren't really sick!! It definitely made it a little harder (for me) the second time around having to deal with that a little, but I really have nothing to complain about (compared to some peoples' experiences).

  4. These are always so fun to do. I barely remember with mine. I did however have precisely one vivid dream that I was having a girl...and that she would laugh and laugh if you wiggled her nose. And, Aria is indeed a girl.

    1. Yeah, I'm wishing I documented more the first time around so I could look back on it now, but at the time I thought I'll never forget this!! Ha!! That's such a precious dream you had, and now you have that sweet little girl!! :) I'm hoping we have a vivid dream about a name here soon to help make that decision..

  5. Ooh I just love al these comparisons! How fun that you have had the change to carry both a boy and a girl! I hope my day comes!

    1. Yeah, it's been interesting to see how they compare. :) Now to see in real life how they 'compare', that will be most interesting. Haha I hope for you too!! ;)