Pregnancy Myths – The Do’s and Dont’s for festivals during pregnancy

Pregnancy superstitions

India is the great land of myths and superstitions. There are so many superstitions that surround pregnancy, that most of us at some point or another have been warned about them! Read on to see what these pregnancy do’s and don’ts and and whether they hold any water in the scientific world.

  1. Don’t go out during an eclipse - There is no evidence to suggest that an eclipse can harm a pregnant mum or her baby. Eclipses don’t occur only in India. They are all over the world and in most countries, there is no tradition of staying indoors during one. Superstitions suggest that an eclipse can cause deformities such as a cleft lip, but there is absolutely no scientific evidence to support this belief.
  2. Playing Holi will harm the baby – Well, yes and no. You need to choose organic colours with less chemicals to play Holi and try not to inhale any of the powders. When played normally, there is no reason you can’t enjoy the festival.
  3. If you play Holi, you’ll have a girl – This is as baseless as it gets. The gender of the baby is determined by the genes of you and your partner. Not because you engaged in some festival fun!
  4. Diwali is unsafe because of pollution – There is some basis to this. With some precaution, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy Diwali. Limit your exposure to firecrackers for prolonged time. Light a few fireworks if you have do and go back indoors once you’re finished. Eat within reason and enjoy yourself. If you have asthma (which can be aggravated by pollution), please take necessary precautions and stay indoors.
  5. Fasting – It is not advisable for a pregnant woman to fast. Fasting for a long time can cause:
  • headaches
  • fatigue
  • fainting
  • dizzy spells
  • severe acidity

If you have any of these symptoms talk to your doctor right away.

All myths have their basis in some old-time beliefs. To keep all round peace, you can follow whatever you can, if it doesn’t interfere with your principles. Enjoy yourself through your pregnancy.