Pregnant women are given a lot of advice from doctors, neighbors, family, and friends. While some of it is practical and rooted in science, such as laying off the alcohol and avoiding harsh chemicals, others are merely old wives' tales with no evidence to back them up.
Common urban legends about pregnancy often assert that you can tell the gender of your baby if you conduct a certain ritual, or that certain encounters or behaviors during pregnancy will affect the personality of the child. Others are meant to protect the woman and her child from evil spirits that might be drawn to new life with malicious intent.
Weird pregnancy legends exist in every culture around the world, and some seem to be oddly universal, crossing oceans and language barriers to persist among families everywhere. And at least one on this list turned out to be true, but not for the reasons people used to think.
In The '30s, People Believed a Dead Rabbit Meant Pregnancy
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