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.

Pregnant Women And Caffeine Intake

Pregnant Women And Caffeine

Regarding all the things you had to let go….

A cup of joe is a pick-me-up, a morning anthem before a full day of work, a comforting swoop in to save one from the post-lunch food coma, and something most people cannot do without.

But when you are pregnant, all the well-wishes come flooding in, and you hear:
“Don’t eat ___________! Don’t touch _________! It’s best you don’t _____________” more than a sick child would hear at a table full of spoiled food.

If you agree coffee is something that should not be sacrificed due to pregnancy, or you are interested in pregnant women and caffeine intake, read on. (And sip your cup of joe if you’re at it as well.)

For starters…………..
Starbucks only brews one type of iced coffee in its locations, which lands between 120 and 165 mg, depending on whether you’re sipping out of a tall or grande cup. Steer clear of the venti size, though, as the 235 mg of caffeine that fits into the 24 oz cup will put you over the recommended daily limit.

Furthermore, a new meta-analysis has waded into the issue of caffeine consumption in pregnancy.

Preliminary results suggest that a dose-response increase in miscarriage is seen with increased caffeine consumption – ie, the higher the dose, the greater the risk. So ‘low’ intake of 50mg to 149mg a day is not suggested to increase the risk of miscarriage, but a ‘moderate intake’ (150mg to 349mg a day) increases the risk by 16 per cent, ‘high intake’ (350mg to 699 mg day) increases it by 40 per cent and ‘very high intake’ (more than 700mg a day) by 72 per cent.

What does this mean in practical terms? A small daily latte or single-shot espresso won’t increase your risk at all; anything more might. This link offers more detail.

For pregnant women and caffeine, at one end of the spectrum, drinking a cup of coffee a day can be confidently considered safe. At the other end, there’s good reason to believe that drinking more than 8 cups of coffee a day may harm your baby. And in between those extremes? Moms will have to make a decision based on a number of factors. If your lifestyle or constitution doesn’t dictate a great need for caffeine, you might decide to cut it out entirely. On the other hand, if you require 4 cups of coffee to function, you may choose to drink the coffee you feel you need

As a rough guide:

    • One mug of instant coffee has about 100 mg of caffeine.
    • One mug of filter coffee has about 140 mg of caffeine.
    • One mug of tea has about 75 mg of caffeine.
    • One 50 g plain chocolate bar has about 50 mg of caffeine. Milk chocolate has about half the caffeine that plain chocolate has.
    • One can of cola or half a can of an energy drink has up to 40 mg of caffeine.

This article was adapted from various sources

5 Tips on Dealing with Morning Sickness

Pregnant lady with Morning Sickness Sitting in Bathroom


Feeling queasy as a result of your pregnancy? Try these top tips shared by other moms!

Finding out you are pregnant and going to be a mother is one of the best experiences in life.

However, the morning sickness that usually accompanies pregnancy, not so great.

According to Dr Hong Sze Ching, Associate Consultant at the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) in Singapore, nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, commonly referred to as morning sickness is very common in pregnancy, with as many as 7 in 10 women experiencing morning sickness in pregnancy.

Fortunately for most, morning sickness usually ends before the end of the 1st trimester.

While morning sickness cannot be entirely prevented, there are ways to reduce the symptoms, and hence make the 1st 3 months more enjoyable.


1. Prop Yourself Up When Sleeping Or Resting

Pregnant Woman Propped Up Resting In Bed


Avoid lying flat when resting, this is especially so after meals.

Use extra pillows to prop yourself up when sleeping.


2. Peppermint Tea

Pregnant Woman Drinking Peppermint Tea


By far the most popular recommendation by mothers.

Its caffeine free, doesn’t cost much and easily available at all supermarkets or pharmacies.


 3. Keep Hydrated

pregnant woman drinking water


Doctors recommend small sips (at least 30ml) of water hourly.


4. Ice Cubes

Pregnant Suck On Ice Cubes To Curb Morning Sickness


1 surprising recommendation that came in from quite a number of expectant mothers was to suck on ice cubes a few times a day.

In addition to taking your mind off the morning sickness, it also helps keep you hydrated.


5. Acupressure Wrist Bands Or Acupuncture

Pregnant woman wearing accupresure wrist bands


You should be able to find a variety of brands of bands in your local pharmacy, health food and travel retail stores.

If you are thinking about trying acupuncture, speak first with your doctor and look or get recommendations for an acupuncturist who is trained to and has experience working with expectant mothers.