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When I was little, sex was explained to me as "a special cuddle in bed". My mom wouldn't tell me what made the cuddle special and so I refused to get in bed with my parents for the next few years for fear I might accidentally have the "special cuddle" and get pregnant.
When I was little, I asked my parents the obvious question "where do babies come from?" My parents told me that babies came from the hospital.
for years, i truly believed that there was a shop full of babies, one room full of chinese babies, white babies, black babies and asian babies, and you would go to the shop and buy one to match the ethnicity of your family!
it was only when i went to year 7 when I found out where babies really came from!
my dad likes to joke and once he got carried away. He actually told my sister u can get pregnant by eating green M&Ms. I didn't realize this until one day my mom came in my room and asked who i slept with. I didnt know what she was talking about and said my sister told her i was pregnant. When i confronted her she said the M&M thing. As it turns out she saw me eating them the day before!
My mom always told me that you can't get pregnant unless you're married, so I deduced that I must've been born three months premature, since I was born only six months after my parents got married. I remember going around telling this to teachers and parents of friends and girl scout leaders and basically everyone.
My mom and dad used to tell me that women who got injured got pregnant (they could of made up a better story!!), so one time my dad dropped something on his foot and I asked him if he was pregnant.
I used to think I could get pregnant by using my dad's bath towel. Terrifying.
When we were young, my cousin and I heard her older sisters, most of whom were in their mid 20s, talking about maternity clothes. We were convinced that if you wore maternity clothes, you would get pregnant immediately! We were terrified!
Growing up, my family was always modest on the subject of sex and preganancy, so I naturally started to make my own assumptions. I remember being about 4 and thinkin that if girls married girls they would have a baby girl, and if guys married guys they would have a baby boy. (not to mention I had no idea that this was homosexuality) So I would always tell people that when I grew up, I wanted to have a baby girl so naturally, I would have to marry another woman.
When I was about 8, at my church, this 16-year-old girl got pregnant. My parents told me that it was because she was bad. I had said "So if you aren't a grown-up and you are mean, you get babies?" and they had told me yes. So until I was about 10-11, I believed that if you were mean and hateful and talked bad about your siblings etc., God would punish you with a baby.
I believed that it was physically impossible for women to get pregnant unless they were married-- like a special pregnancy hormone was released after marriage. I wasn't too sure of the means, but I knew I wouldn't have to worry about it until I was happily wed!
When I finally understoof what sex was and that babies were the result of it, I thought that EVERY time a woman had sex. she got pregnant, So when I would hear of people on television or in real life who were shocked that they were pregnant (or their husbands/ boyfriends were shocked) I couldn't understand the reason for their confusion; after all, they knew thay had had sex!!
When I first heard about the "Rhythm Method" I thought it meant that if you moved a certain way while having sex that you wouldn't get pregnant. Hey, I was only 11, what the hell did I know?
When I was about 4 and asked my parents where babies came from, I was told that daddy gave mummy a special seed. Naturally next time we were in the garden centre I was enthusiastically looking around for the 'baby seeds' and asking loudly where they were. I'm told that my parents were embarrassed
when i was four, i went into my mum and dads rom early on a sunday morning, and theer were opening the mail in bed.
it was at this point mum decided to tell me she was expecting another baby ( now my lil bro)
from that point onwards i thought God decided when your became pregnant and sent you a letter down from Heaven.
no sex involved.
when i was 4-5 my mom was pregnant and i thought that all little girls had a teeny tiny baby in their tummys and over the years it would gradually get bigger and then when i was my mom's age it would be ready to come out =]
I use to believe that when a guy and a girl kissed that part of the guys tongue fell off and the girl swallowed it and that's how you got pregnant
When I was little my sister convinced me that you got pregnant by eating watermelon seeds. This she told me right after I ate watermelon. I freaked out and my mom reasured me that was not how you get pregnant.
I used to believe that after 9 months, mothers went to the hospital to buy a baby off the doctors.
I was a reader when I was young and we had these old kids' books full of facts that I loved to read. One was "All About the Human Body" and it explained eggs, sperm, and fertilization. There were also anatomical diagrams I didn't understand, but the books were from the 50s so they were too conservative to explain anything more. So I knew sperm from the man's body had to somehow get into the woman's body for there to be a baby. When I asked my mom about this subject, she used to say it was "a special kind of love" between two people. So I thought that after two people fell in love and got married, they would walk down the street (or something), and the sides of their bodies would touch while they were walking. The sperm would somehow pass through their skin from the man to the woman, and then she would get pregnant. The funniest thing is that I imagined all this taking place with their clothes on because it literally never occurred to me they might take them off in front of each other.
One day when I was younger, I was angry at my father and complaining to my mom. She told me that I should be grateful to him, because without him, I wouldn't be there. They were trying to get pregnant at the time, and one day I saw him giving her hormone shots- for years after that, I was convinced that sex was when fathers gave shots to the mothers, and they led to pregnancy.