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Before I knew anything about sex and reproduction, I used to be amazed when someone looked like their father - I just thought that women got married and then automatically got pregnant - I had no idea that fathers had any part in this at all. I used to think "Gee, what a coincidence that some children just happen to look like the men their mother's are married to".
You know all those cartoons where the baby comes with the stork? Of course you have... And of course i saw those when i was about 7. But then again i saw pictures from the time mom was pregnant. When we was watching the pictures she allways said something like: Look, here is you inside mommy's tummy.
After that i remember allways wondering how the stork got into my mommy's tummy =)
I used to believe that when a baby was born, the doctors could tell if it was a boy or a girl by if its hair was long, signifying a girl, or short, which would mean it was a boy.
As a child I saw the illustrated issue of "Life" on sex & embryo development. Seeing the child pictured within the mother's womb made sense but the shape of the womb was like that of a lamb chop. Therefore, I believed that the baby formed in a lamb chop within the mother.
When I was around eleven or twelve, I knew that sex was required to make babies, but I thought you only had to do it one time to have as many babies as you wanted.
I used to believe that Mummies had to eat everything that was going to make the babies that they were going to have. Hence my disgust when I saw my mother eating somthing that looked like bones when she was expecting my younger brother. It took me ages to figure out it was actually bran sticks!
At age 6 I used to believe that once a man and woman married, slipping the ring on her finger would trigger the baby to start growing. I remember telling one of my best friends this. Once I married, with a slip of the ring, 3 weeks later, the baby started growing!
when i was about 6 or 7, my mom and sister were talking about babies, i dont remember what they were saying but it must have been about their brains or something cause i said, "yeah, and babies are born without brains, so..." I never got to finish, they were laughing so hard i couldn't even hear myself think about how stupid i am.
When I was little I used to believe that if the mom wanted to give something to her unborn baby, she could just eat it. So if she wanted to give the baby a stuffed animal to play with, she would just swallow it whole.
I was about 6 when my mother decided to get her tubes tied because my parents didn't want anymore kids. When she was having her operation I told evryone she was getting her tonsils tied!
My mom used to tell me that babies are made when two people mix their genes. I thought she mean jeans, as in the pants, so for a couple years I thought that the way a man and a woman made a baby is when they take both their jeans and rub them together, then the women puts them back on and she becomes pregnat. Hey...it's sort'a logical..for a 4 year old...
In junior high our sex ed teacher told us that sperm could crawl up our legs and still get us pregnant, so we had to make sure to keep our clothes on, whatever the boy was doing with his "thing".
Once when I was little, I heard someone referring to "Cabbage Patch Babies" (as in the toy doll). I took this to mean that babies came from cabbages. You went and got one from the grocery store and took it home. When you had waited long enough, the cabbage would grow into a baby.
Imagine my horror when I walked into the kitchen one day and found my mother cutting up a cabbage to make cole slaw!
I started screaming that she was "killing the baby". It took her like an hour to calm me down so she could figure out why I was so upset!
Maybe this would more of an "unbelief"...
When i was about 5 or 6, I happened to interrupt my Mom explaining the "facts of life" to my older brother. (My mom was very open about this subject, something I appreciate to this day.) She was saying that when a woman is born, she already has thousands of eggs in her tummy, to make babies when she is married. I looked at my Mom for a while, soaking that in. And then I looked down at my own tummy, and thought "you are crazy; no way are there thousands of eggs in my tummy!" Keep in mind, I'm 5 and I'm thinking chicken eggs...
I just gave my mom that look kids give you: "you are so full of sh--", and walked away...
I used to think that when Mums were pregnant, they had to swallow orange and lemon pips so that little trees would grow so tha the babies would have something to eat
When I was about 5,I believed that the babies in a pregnant womean"s "belly" were all bloody. My mother explained that the babies were nice and clean and cosy in their own"special place". From then on I was convinced that a baby had a room with a tiny crib and a window with curtains!
My mum said that babies came from teabags and when mummies wanted to have a baby the daddies had to make them a special cup of tea with the teabag!Beck
When I was told that babies were made by the man going inside the woman and planting his seed I was confused - surely you couldn't get a whole person inside you???
so i thought the man took a magic potion that made him shrink, he somehow got inside (i think the bellybutton was involved), planted his seed then grew back to normal size once he was out!
I thought that maybe babies came from a comet in space like Superman until I realised they came from their mother's tummies. I then wondered how on Earth that would happen and proposed the following theory... First idea was that a baby was a natural growth formation placed by God when a couple were truly in love and wanted one. Then I had the idea that maybe when a mother sleeps, God sends angels or fairies to Earth to magic the woman to sleep..they would then cut open their cranium, take out the brain and any other obstruction, dump the foetus in the tummy, put everything back and magic away the blood. I drove myself into such a puzzle at five that I asked for the truth.:) When I knew about sex, I had this belief that a man just gets his penis in his fingers, walks up to the lady and puts it in. The sperm just swam out like water from a pipette and was effortless. I think I learned the truth a few years later when I asked more questions. :)
When my oldest daughter was about 3, I was pregnant again. My daughter thought that by talking into my belly button, she could talk to her sister. Normal enough, right? Well she would also try to stick food in there for her sister and once she even tried shoving a picture she had drawn in there.