We’ve all heard the old wives tales told to us by our mothers and grandmothers. Things like, “The wind will change and leave your face like that forever!”, or, “Eat your crusts or you won’t get curly hair!”. Our lives are full of them and pregnancy brings out the most. Who had people comment things like, “Oh you’re carrying high, it must be a boy!”, or that the heart rate can predict the gender?
Well, we have 10 old wives tales that are actually true
1. Drinking warm milk will help you sleep
This one is true! Milk contains tryptophan, which makes you drowsy.
2. Heartburn in pregnancy means you’ll have a hairy baby
A study by John Hopkins University has shown that women who suffer from severe heartburn mostly end up with babies with an above average amount of hair. Who knew? Check the hair on this little bub. He totally won the internet a couple of weeks ago.
3. Carrots will make you see in the dark
Mum wasn’t lying to get you to eat your veggies. Carrots include beta-carotene, which helps produce vitamin A, which is important for healthy eyes. Maybe not quite see in the dark level, but it does help improve eye sight.
4. An apple a day keeps the doctor away
This one was used a lot when we were growing up. It turns out that apples can help keep away everything from cancer to strokes, according to researchers at the Ohio State University. Apples contain phytochemicals, which helps break down cholesterol 20% faster and helps keep your arteries unblocked.
5. Hot baths kill sperm
This one is true ladies so if you’re trying to conceive you need to keep hubby away from any hot baths. Studies say that just 30 minutes of sitting in hot water is enough to lower sperm count to non-existent. So… if hubby wants another kid and you’re not keen it’s time to encourage some long, hot baths!
6. Cheese can give you weird dreams
If you’re getting cheese nightmares it turns out you’re not alone. A study by the British Cheese Board showed that participants all had weird dreams after consuming large amounts of cheese. Next up will be the meat-sweats!
7. Honey helps a cough
True! Honey is a demulcent, which means it forms a membrain on your throat that soothes an irritation. It’s also an antibacterial. Spoonfuls of honey can help sooth a child’s cough (and it’s one medicine they might actually take!).
8. Eat your crusts- they are good for you
While they won’t give you curly hair (or a hairy chest), studies have found that the crust of bread has eight times the level of antioxidants than the rest of the bread. So if you’re going to eat bread- go with the crusty delicious stuff!
9. Chocolate helps PMS
Celebrate ladies- this one is apparently true! Studies suggest that chocolate has a calming effect and helps ease anxiety and moodiness. apparently it’s because chocolate is a source of nutrients and antioxidants such as anandamide. So go nuts ladies and don’t feel guilty – especially as we have SO many delicious guilt free chocolate treats for you to try.
10. Full moons make you crazy
When the kids go nuts at the full moon you aren’t imagining it. Studies have found that when you are exposed to the light of the full moon it can cause problems sleeping and this never mixes well with kids.
What are some crazy old wives tales you’ve been told?
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