Our MoM’s have been sharing some of the advice they received during pregnancy, and some of it is just downright ridiculous!

We asked on Facebook “What random advice has someone given you during pregnancy? Was it useful or terrifying?”

Jacki replied, “I had someone suggest smoking marijuana to combat my severe morning sickness… I told them I’d rather the vomiting.”

Holly told us she has someone she worked with tell her she wasn’t supposed to put her arms above her head while pregnant. “This person was trained as a nurse and should have known better.” Holly added that it is in fact an old wives tale to do with the circulation apparently.

Other people responsed to Holly saying they too were told similar:

“I was told that by my friend. Apparently the umbilical cord is supposed to wrap round the babies neck. Her mum believed it as the cord was wrapped round her neck at birth.”

Caroline said, “I was advised to avoid butcher shops and raw meat by my sisters -great advice as raw meat made me sick.

Massage the peritoneum with oil -don’t know if it was useful but it was painful and uncomfortable.

Eat sunflower seeds for nausea and hot flushes – worked a treat and got me through some bad times.”

Christie shared, “I was told by my gp a couple of weeks ago not to eat any food that comes out of a tin can.”

Have you received any really random advice during pregnancy?

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  • Wow, I must admit I hadn’t heard any of the above. And Thank God, I think.

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  • Some crazy advice given for sure.

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  • Some strange ones out there. I was told that if I had a craving to touch my bum. Because if you have a craving and you can’t get that food straight away and if you touch your face etc your baby will end up with a birth mark there! So if you touch your bum at least the birth mark will be on the baby’s bum! How silly is that.?

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  • Certainly some wacky ones there. I didn’t receive any strange advice.

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  • I don’t remember any strange advice but I was told to eat tuna from a can when I ran out of energy.

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  • I cant say I received any strange advice.

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  • Don’t remember any strange advice unless you are eating for two now would count.

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  • I can’t remember any strange advice. But why would you take advice from random people ? But that nurse that adviced to put the arms above the head, should have known better indeed

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  • I was told to get as much sleep as I could… kinda difficult when pregnant

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  • I was told to drink stout to help my morning sickness, but I definitely didn’t do it!!


    • What??? Incredible. I’m glad you didn’t do that!!

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  • I didn’t receive any strange advice during either of my pregnancies. I must have been lucky :)

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  • People who give random advice rarely know what they’re talking about.

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  • The smoking marijuana is out of this world.
    No weird advice me. Just to eat papaya to help induce labour.

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  • I was told not to use hand sanitizer because it can cause defects.

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