Friday, May 6, 2011 | By: BlackGargie

Pregnancy Taboos

Well, it's official. My hubby and I have been "holding off the reigns", if you know what I mean, and getting started in working on having that little bundle of joy. Though my hubby has a tendency to ask me to test it to see if we have succeeded even though we only just getting started for a week~! Meh~!

Anywho, I was suddenly curious about the superstition that revolves around pregnancies, so I decided to research a little on them and guess what I found:

According to ricebiz:

- use of glue during pregnancy will lead to a difficult birth;
- if you strike an animal during pregnancy your child will look and behave like that animal;
- praise of a newborn baby will attract the attention of evil spirits;
- a baby with wide, thick ears will grow up to be prosperous (lending new meaning to that parental exclamation, "I'll give you a thick ear!".

According to britishbornchinese:
- swearing during pregnancy can cause the baby to be cursed;
- a child's imperfections, deformities etc are blamed on the actions of the mother (yeah, imperfect as in the wrong sex too!);
- continuing to work during pregnancy will ensure an easier delivery (and I thought Chinese society was just treating women as slave labour);
- it is unlucky to name an unborn baby, because it means the parents want the baby to be a particular sex, and may be disappointed (so it must be okay to name the unborn child with a unisex name, right?);
- pregnant women are supposed to be taken care of by their mother-in-law, not husband.

Hmm...but I still don't know why pregnant women aren't supposed to eat lamb.

Some Chinese superstitions during pregnancy :

* The emotional state of pregnant women is important. They should stay happy as much as possible. It is believed whatever affects a mother’s mind will also affect the baby. If you cry and stress a lot, then your baby will be always in sour face and cry always.
* Pregnant women should watch what they eat because it’s believed that if you eats food that’s not properly cut or mashed, her child will have a careless disposition. Light colored food will make your baby fair-skinned. If soya sauce or dark soy sauce make up a large part of your diet, your baby may have darker skin. I ate lots of steamed egg with fresh milk and I’m pretty glad how Clarisse turned out to be :P . Just kidding, it’s for the nutrients not vanity.
* Absolutely no renovation works around the house no matter how minor it is. Things in need of repair around the house? Well, too bad I’m afraid. Anything that involves drilling, hammering, chopping, sawing and such could lead to abortion or fetal deformities. I really believe in this because my miscarriage is partly due to this reason.
* Never attend funerals and weddings. This is to avoid any clash on each party.
* To protect your unborn baby from evil spirits, pregnant women are advice place a knife under their bed.
* Pregnant women should not cut anything on the bed. Spiritually, it signifies cutting your unborn baby’s umbilical cord.
* Using glue is believed to bring about difficult labor. I’m lucky considering I had a smooth delivery not knowing about this bit.
* Avoid getting a stroller or pushchair before your baby is born. Keep it elsewhere, preferrably away from the house if you happen to purchased one. It’s bad luck to have an empty stroller within the house when you’re pregnant.
* I remember when I was four months into my pregnancy, my friends and family gave me tons of old baby clothes. My mom said keep them in her house instead of mine. Like a stroller or pushchair, it’s also bad luck to have used (or new? I’m not too sure about this though) around the house when you’re pregnant.
* Never utter foul or vulgar words or you might risk getting your baby cursed.
* Stop that all too common habit of rubbing your baby bump if you don’t want a spoilt and over-demanding child. Now that I think about it, I really enjoyed rubbing my tummy.
* Do not visit houses which had been left vacant for a long time. Such premises have not been spiritually “cleansed” therefore might contain unholy entities that affects you and your baby.
* Hang images or posters of babies around the house and bedroom.
* Leave a light on when you’re sleeping. A small night light will do just fine to avoid sleeping in total darkness.
* This is for readers who are not yet married. Have the groom carry the bride over a pan of burning coals when entering his home for the first time. Doing this ensures trouble-free labor.

Some are pretty tedious and probably blown out of proportion since it may or may not be real, but then still interesting.

Hmm...I may not be a superstitious person, but it doesn't hurt to follow them...just in case


Mel Celestial said...

Yeah, I had lots of taboos during my time. Thankfully, they were all within the realm of rationality.

One thing for certain though, is to take whatever advice with a grain of salt. Also, the most important thing in the whole roller coaster ride is to RELAX. You won't get much 'me time' when the little joy finally comes by. But since you live with your in-laws, that takes a whole lot of burden off your shoulders!

So good luck there and enjoy yourselves! ;)