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When I was about 6, I asked my Mum when people had babies, and she answered "when they get married". For quite some time after that I thought that babies appeared from nowhere the minute you were married - sex, pregnancy and childbirth were non-existent! Things appeared so much simpler in childhood!

Jo
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My dad showed me the movie Alien when I was really little and I thought from then on that babies were born that way. Like, the mother's stomach got bigger and bigger until finally it ripped open and the baby came out. I didn't learn otherwise until one day I asked my mom why there were no scars on her tummy "from the baby bursting out"

Lyssa
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when I was little I thought that a baby could come out of any of the following: regular way, the butt or your eye. EYE??? I must have been a troubled child!

Stephanie
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When I was around 5 years old and learned that babies come from mothers, I wondered from where the baby pops out. I figured that is came out of the ass, because there is no way a baby could fit through the vagina!

Giordano
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When I was little 5,6,7ish I knew that babies were in the mother's stomach....
I didn't know how they came out. So I figured they put you to sleep(anethesia)then cut open your stomach took the baby out and sewed it back together. Then later I asked my mom: do they out you to sleep when the baby comes out?
She said "no" I WAS SO SCARED THAT they would cut open girl's stomachs just to get the baby out.... I am so glad my great aunt got me a visual dictonary a year or two later ;)!!!

Enchanted_Idiot434
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I was a very modest little girl but knew where the babies came out. That wasnt nearly as horrifying to me as much as the thought that everyone saw me naked coming out. So I was of the belief that babies came out already clean & wrapped in a blanket, like, straight out of there! And I was so embarassed to find out I was indeed naked!!

Anonymous
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that men had boy babies and women had girl babies

leohauoli
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top belief!

At an early age - 4 - I knew babies came from inside the mother. How they got out was a puzzle. I finally decided moms must have a zipper in their sides for this.

Some years later, I realized that was silly, and concluded there was only one logical place of exit...the butt.

Not until I was about 13 or so did I learn the truth in a school hygiene class. I still think zippers would be easier ;)

Anonymous
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top belief!

I was 3 when my younger sister was born. My mother had a ceserean (sp?) and showed me the scar/stitches from it. Naturally, this led me to believe that when a baby was ready to be born, it pushed it's way out of it's mother's stomach, ripping her skin on the way, and that's why it hurt so much. I believed this until I was about 10 and learned how babies are really born... probably almost as painful though ;)

Kelly
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when i was little i thought babies came out of your mouth because when a women was in labor "screaming" i thought it ment the baby was coming out.

now better informed
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well i thought ::for a good 10 years of my life:: sad to say that a girl only had two holes and that the baby came out of a new hole that formed right when you were about to have the baby. i always wanted to find that hole.

crazy~
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When my grandmother was pregnant with my uncle, a chicken flew into her window and crowed. This (according to my grandmother) is the reason why he was born with three toes on one foot. She said he was 'marked' by the chicken. Now I have my own daughter who at 2 months old began sticking her tongue out all the time. My mom says this is because I took her to a KISS concert when I was 7 months pregnant and she was 'marked' by Gene Simmons. Like mother, like daughter!!

Kelsey
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When I was little every movie and t.v. show I watched in which a woman gave birth, they always showed the process happening really fast. The woman's water breaks and BAM, 5 minutes later a baby. So not knowing any better, I really though that labor only lasted about 5 to 10 minutes. So whenever I would see a pregnant woman, I would always hope she'd go into labor right there so I could get to watch and see the baby. Never happened though. But it wasn't until I was about 13 that I learned labor in fact is usually MUCH longer than 5 minutes!

Anon
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I used to think that when you were pregnant you pressed your bellybutton and the baby came out.

Bubz
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I use to Believe that if you went bowling during your pregnancy you would give birth at the bowling alley. After all you are bending and throwing that heavy ball all at once. As soon as I got pregnant with my first child, I asked my Dr. Only to my enbasrment to be told NO!!!

KerriBear
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I used to belive that babies "acquired" their head hair during birth and that's why mommies have "hair down there."

What was I thinking?
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This is how I pictured birth in my mind as a child: The expectant mother would go up on a stage in front of a large audience. A big red curtain would open so that the audience would see the expectant mother naked and squatting over a five gallon bucket. She would push the child out into the bucket and the audience would applaude.

Alicia Feltman
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I never really gave a lot of thought to where babies came from, until.....I saw an episode of Emergency in 3rd grade (1973). They were called to a house where a lady was in labor. They put a blanket on her tummy and POOF...a baby!!So I thought the babies come out by...reverse osmosis?

mommy0203
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I used to firmly believe that a woman gave birth to a baby through her bellybutton- there was a drawstring on the inside and it could be opened and closed when necessary. I was afraid to wash around it- afraid I would unravel. When I found out the truth- this idea still seemed better to me.

Lithe
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When I was in 1st grade I thought that babies came out of the woman's belly button.

J.L.
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