DID YOU KNOW?
In Mexico, it's common for pregnant women to crave a mug of champurrado -- a thick hot chocolate made with masa (dried, ground corn).
New Dutch mothers traditionally receive beschuit met muisjes, biscuits sprinkled with sugar-coated anise seeds. Anise seeds are thought to help stimulate breast milk production.
In certain parts of Ethiopia, a baby is expected to sneeze as soon as she's born. If she doesn't, a thread is used to tickle her nostrils.
In Turkey, people speculate that a woman is carrying a boy if she craves sweets, a girl if she prefers spicy foods.
Originally published in the February 2011 issue of American Baby magazine.