We have all heard them at one point or another in our lives whether it be from a neighbor, doctor or that zany relative on your mother’s side. Those tips or “tales” passed down through generations on how “so and so” got pregnant from touching a statue, having sex during a certain moon phase or by using egg whites. Wives tales were the oral version of storytelling for tips (many uncertified) on certain topics- mainly how to get pregnant or puberty. However they are also used to keep children from doing “bad” things. Every culture seems to have different tips but we all have the end goal of getting pregnant in mind. No matter what you believe, some of these could be a lot of fun! As always, please consult with a physician before trying anything that could be dangerous.
Tales on How to Get Pregnant:
-Stand on your head after sex.
-Do an upside-down bicycle after sex.
-Have sex standing up.
-Have sex during the full moon.
-Throw your under on your roof, retrieve on the night of a new moon. Glamour magazine posted an article this month about 4 Weird Ways to Get Pregnant, the article can be read here: http://www.glamour.com/health-fitness/blogs/vitamin-g/2012/09/4-really-weird-ways-to-get-pre.html. A tribe in Africa’s Congo Region had this tale on how to get pregnant.
- The same article discussed eating blueberry jam straight from the jar.
-Drink grapefruit juice (Popular British tale)
-Having your husband not wear socks in bed while trying to conceive.
-Visit the Ripley’s Believe or Not! Fertility statues: You can read all about the legend here: http://www.ripleys.com/weird/the-legend-of-the-fertility-statues/
-Eat wild yams to conceive twins (Popular African tale-Yoruba Tribe)
Tips on Conceiving Boys:
-Pack your partner’s male region in ice, the theory is that sperm that carry female chromosomes prefer warmer temperatures, while “boy-makers” prefer cold.
-Eat more salt at least three months of pre-conception. For a girl, it is said to eat more sweets.
Tips on Conceiving Girls:
-Put a wooden spoon and a pair of scissors under your bed.
How to tell if it’s a boy or girl after conception:
- Take a ring suspended on a string and dangle it over your pregnant belly. Old wive’s tales say that if the ring swings from side to side it is a little girl, if it circles the belly then it’s a boy!
-Women who have acne during pregnancy are said to be carrying boys.
The best way for trying to conceive is Fertility Awareness. Recently the news was full of articles stating findings that showed women really just do not understand their fertility. In you are new to tracking your ovulation or just trying to understand your fertility the American Pregnancy Association is a great place to start as well.