Pregnancy superstitions and why we should follow them

pregnancy superstitions

When you first announce your pregnancy, you get the usual – “Congrats! Remember not to do xxxxx”. Like hey, it’s my child, don’t tell me how to raise them.

But then again, these pregnancy superstitions do have some merit. No smoke without a fire, eh?

We have compiled a list of the most common pregnancy superstitions;

Defer your pregnancy announcements till after the first trimester (3 months)

It is believed that announcing your pregnancy too early will increase the chance of a miscarriage, as most miscarriages happen in the first trimester.

No home renovations

The Chinese believe actions like sawing, drilling and hammering, (that are common during home renovations) are harmful to the baby’s spirit and could cause fetal deformities. If its an emergency, being away from the renovations are believed to help. Also calling your baby’s spirit away from the renovation site will prevent any harm from coming to him/her.

No using scissors or needles on the bed

Using scissors or needles on the bed symbolizes cutting of umbilical cord and causes birth defects. While there are many people with experience with this particular pregnancy superstition, it is still unsure whether its coincidence or the superstition has a legitimate claim.

Put a knife under the bed

This is done to ward off evil spirits with evil or malicious intent from harming your baby’s spirit.

No attending funerals

Funerals are largely considered unlucky in Chinese culture and therefore, people often warn expecting mothers to avoid attending any. However, in the case where it is necessary, it is recommended to tie a red scarf around the belly area to ward off the negative energy from the funeral.

No cursing

Cursing is far more common in today’s society, so much so a curse word is always at the tip of your tongue. Try to refrain from cursing or have anyone around you say any curse words as it is believed that cursing around the unborn child equates cursing him/her. In Western culture, this is also avoided as they don’t want the baby’s first words to be a curse word.

No rubbing belly

Its normal to want to caress your pregnant belly, but its told that excessive rubbing of the belly will result in a spoiled child.

Have you heard any of these superstitions passed down from your mum/grandmother? I know I’ll definitely be abiding by these “guidelines”. It’s better to be safe, than sorry.

Take a mom break, you deserve it.

Between juggling household chores and changing nappies, its hard to find time to take care of yourself. Here are a few 10 minute activities you can sneak into your schedule to take a mom break, while your baby is asleep. (Trust me, it’ll be worth the few unwashed dishes)

 

Shop online

In the digital age of now, eCommerce is dominating the retail industry. It’s convenient to shop online within the comforts of your own home. As a new mom with a busy schedule, having the option browse online and have your items delivered to you is perfect. Its also super easy to find exactly what you’re looking for on the vast internet especially since you’re able to shop internationally on reputable sites such as ASOS, Zara and Taobao.

Doll yourself up

Look better, feel better. Its extremely common for new moms to neglect themselves in the midst of caring for their newborn. Take 5 extra minutes in the morning to doll up and you’d be surprised to see what a difference some undereye concealer, blush and mascara can do.

Do some yoga

There is a long list of benefits associated with yoga, such as being stress reducing, relaxation and lowering blood pressure. Taking a few minutes each day to do some yoga and you’ll reap the benefits soon enough.

Make yourself some food

Cook a meal for yourself that isn’t last night’s leftovers, frozen food, or baby mush. For some mums, cooking a proper meal is therapeutic just the way I find getting my hair cut relaxing.

Hand over parenting duties to the dad for the night

You know, he played half the role in creating your baby, he should do more than the occasional diaper change. Hand off said duties, have him put his mom on speed dial in case he has a “parenting emergency” and take the night off and have fun with your girlfriends!