Any pregnant woman will tell you that aside from the physical discomfort of growing another human inside them, one of the most difficult aspects of pregnancy is unsolicited advice. But women of Reddit are coming together to share the worst advice they've ever been given - and some of it is absolutely shocking.
One mom said that someone told her: "Don't cross your legs because your baby will be born with a cone head." Another Reddit user shared something even more dubious: "They said not to drink hot tea because I would boil my baby."
Some people just can't seem to keep their noses out. "I had a coworker tell me that eating peanut butter (I was eating an apple with peanut butter on my lunch break) would give my baby cancer. I already thought she was the world's greatest idiot so that nugget of wisdom was just confirmation," shared another Redditor.
"One of my work colleagues was obsessed with recommending that I eat citrus fruits, especially the easy-to-peel cutie tangerines. She was convinced it would give the baby a higher IQ in the long run," shared another mom on Reddit.
Other advice sounded downright dangerous. "When I was pregnant past my due date, a coworker advised me to drink cod liver oil mixed with vodka. Apparently, this mixture would upset my digestive system, give me horrible diarrhea, and thus trigger labor contractions," shared one person.
And as for labor, there's even more madness out there. "Someone said my labor should be painless because Jesus died and erased the 'pain during childbirth' penalty humans got from Eve. If I feel pain, it's because I don't believe in Jesus's redemptive powers," shared another mother, We only wish it worked that way.
Some of the advice shared just sounded plain gross. "The lady at the counter in the village bakery told me that I should smear my face with SEMEN to counter pregnancy acne. It was the first time I'd ever met her," shared a mom. Not worth it. And speaking of gross ideas, "I had severe itching all over the body during the 7th month. I did the routine test for liver function. It was all normal. A colleague advised me to rub my husband's dirty underwear all over my body as a remedy for itching," said another.
And if you're wondering if this advice works (though we can't think why) some has even been proven wrong. "While pregnant with me, my mom was told that drinking beer would help her baby develop and be nice and chubby, so she did. I was five weeks early and barely six pounds," shared another mom. Yikes.
Have you ever heard some truly bizarre pregnancy advice? Did you follow it?