Believe These Old Wives' Tales

Posted by Ranie Denver on March 14, 2015

There's something to the old wives' tale that the music you listen to or sing will make a difference in the kind of music your baby will enjoy. This is part of many cultures and nations for a reason: It's true.

It's simple, too. Your baby can hear inside the womb and associates what you hear as comforting, whether it's loud rock or gentle classic music.

Here are some more that are claimed to be true:

  • If you go to bed at a certain time every night, the baby will go more peacefully at a set time.
  • If you read aloud, the baby will recognize your voice as soon as he is born.

These are not just "old wives' tales," but have some scientific evidence of being true:

  • If you deal with a lot of stress during your pregnancy, your baby may be vulnerable to chronic illnesses later on. (British Neuroscience Association.)
  • What you eat definitely affects your baby when it is born. Good nutrition is critical during gestation to lay the foundation of health.
  • Smoking can cause complications during childbirth as well as later. Low birth weight, stillbirth and premature birth are much more common in smokers.
  • Medicines you take, even over the counter pain pills,  will affect your unborn baby negatively. Check with your doctor if you need medicine of any kind.
  • If you drink a lot of water, your baby will be healthy. Water flushes toxins from your system.

So many times, we hear things and pass them off as not being grounded in science, when some of the things we hear have been proved by millions of peoples' real life experiences.

That can trump a controlled group in an artificial laboratory setting, so don't throw out all those old wives' tales as ungrounded.