Ask any parent: pregnancy is a pretty scary ordeal. There’s so much that can go wrong, even with 21st-century science and medicine. So it’s easy to see how weird pregnancy beliefs formed thousands of years ago: young parents were scared out of their minds without reasonable explanations for much of what was going on.
Many backward beliefs about pregnancy in history are misogynistic in nature; some, however, are just indicative of how little we knew about the human body (tiny little preformed humans living in sperm?). It’s fun to look back on bizarre historical pregnancy beliefs and breathe a sigh of relief that those days are gone (unless you’re former Congressman Todd Akin, apparently). Read on to learn about some of the wildest pregnancy beliefs throughout history.