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I used to think the "merital act" was a complex ritual that couples in lab coats did to get babies. I wasn't entirely off, since my idea of it was based on textbooks, and a Catholic documentary about embryonic stem cells.
Growing up with religious parents, I got a bit confused about conception. I'd been told that God makes babies, but I'd also been told that parent made them (and that the mother would get pregnant). I had a pretty active imagination and with logic, I reasoned that when a couple decide they want a kid, an angel would fly down and take them up to heaven, where they would meet with God and design a baby. I pictured them going over designs and make blueprints. Afterwards, I believed the angel would take them back to Earth, and God would create the baby from the blueprints and then the baby would appear in the mother's stomach.
Sounds really lame now, but I was truly convinced and it makes me laugh when I remember it now.
I used to think that your body would automatically get pregnant once you got married. I didn't know what sex was...My friend told me tho and I was totally disgusted.
I used to think that women got pregnant because God directly put a baby in them, and that an unplanned pregnancy meant that God made you pregnant but forgot to tell you about it beforehand.
I believed that you made a baby by kissing and holding hands in bed ...... That quickly got corrected in sex ed
I believed that you could get pregnant by drinking someone's wee. This was because I read a book in which they said something about a boy giving the girl a drink, which tasted wonderful, and then a few paragraphs later she was pregnant. So naturally I assumed it was the drink. I was 9 at the time and my friend quickly cleared that up.
I thought that babies were made when adults hugged and kissed in bed. I got that from watching "Marley and Me"...
When I was very young (back in the Late Stone Age) I thoght that women got pregmamt by kissing. Well, TV was a lot less realistic then, and that was the only intimate contact I'd ever seen.
I used to believe moms got pregnant via aliens, or angels in UFOs (I also used to have a theory that angels were aliens and Heaven was a planet.) and at night they'd abduct moms and God put the baby's souls into their tummies. I was a weird kid.
I used to believe that you got pregnant simply by praying for a baby. I used to cry because I thought I would get pregnant even if I didn't want to.
I used to believe that people got pregnant from kissing. The TV shows I watched would always pan away once the characters started kissing and I guess I always assumed that that was because the scene was over.
When I was 5 or 6 years old, I believed all babies were conceived via immaculate conception. It worked like this: a married couple had to say their vows and then pray real hard that God would bless them with a baby.
I told my mom I wanted another baby sister, so she and dad should pray every day for one. She said no. I decided maybe I could have the baby if God blessed me, so I prayed fervently for a week t. I didn't work.
When I was about three, I was convinced that men gave birth to boys and women gave birth to girls. My mom explained the sex and reproduction thing over and over, but it just didn't click. Then the woman across the street gave birth to a boy, and I was just baffled. (It still didn't quite click yet.)
At a young age my parents taught me that women got pregnant when the father's sperm combined with the mothers egg. The part about how the sperm actually got to the egg remained unexplained, however. So for a long time I thought sperm traveled through the air, essentially like pollen. So you had kids after you got married because living in the same house together increased the chances that the sperm would find its way to your wife. I thought unplanned/out of wedlock pregnancies happened when the sperm accidently happened to land on the wrong woman.
When I was younger (about 4-5 years old) I used to believe that men could get pregnant too, because I saw fat men in the streets, so once I asked to a man when was his due date?
When I was four, I found out that only women could give birth to babies, but I didn't know how. I wondered if it was my destiny to end up pregnant, and would I know when it happened? One night at dinner, I voiced my fear to mom & dad. I think they had rehearsed their answer about this iffy question before, and they told me "A man and a woman both have to decide they are having a baby." and left anything to do with human anatomy out of it. I'm sure they thought they were being really safe and politically correct, but for a few years I live in fear that if I thought (or worried) about having a baby hard enough, the thought would be strong enough to make myself pregnant. It was mind-torture.
When I was younger, about 8-9 years old, I believed that a guy and a girl sleeping in the same bed was enough to get the girl pregnant. Not requiring any other physical contact.. :)
When I was little(6 at the time) i asked my older sister Grace (11 at the time)where babies came from. Grace told me you stick a seed in your belly button and after 9 months you take it out and you have a baby. I believed her until i was about 9.
I used to believe that if you were having a baby and wanted it to have curly hair you would simply just get a perm while being pregnant.
My grandma told me right after I finished 6th grade (in 1969) that I was not to get a bikini or two-piece for a swim suit, because it would attract boys and I would wind up pregnant.