Pregnancy Folklore from Around the World — The Bump
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Pregnancy Folklore from Around the World

Region

Thing to avoid

Reason

India

Papaya and banana

Miscarriage risk

Mexico

Reaching up to a high shelf

Cuts off baby's air supply

Latin America

Getting a haircut

Cuts off the developing baby's vision

Vietnam

Bean sprouts and green peas

Miscarriage risk

China

Mung beans, banana, watermelon

Miscarriage risk

Belize

Lunar eclipse

Cleft lip

China

Shellfish

Rash in newborn

Cambodia

Milk

Difficult labor

Madagascar

Black-eyed peas

Black spots on baby

New Guinea

Inadequate exposure to semen

Poor fetal development

Greece

Letting a craving go unsatisfied

Deformities or birthmarks resembling the craved food (e.g. strawberry marks)

Italy

Bare midriff shirts

Chilly baby

Puerto Rico

Chocolate

Dark skin on baby

Nigeria

Meat and dairy

Large baby and difficult labor

Re: Pregnancy Folklore from Around the World

  • my favorite ones are madagascar and new guinea
  • Great.  Now everyone from 1st tri is going to come over here and freak out about papayas and bare midriff shirts. 

     :)

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  • image MegDC:

    Great.  Now everyone from 1st tri is going to come over here and freak out about papayas and bare midriff shirts. 

     :)

    That would be AWESOME!

  • I love the bare midriff shirts!
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  • My favs:

     

    Madagascar

    Black-eyed peas

    Black spots on baby

    New Guinea

    Inadequate exposure to semen

    Poor fetal development

  • lmao at :

    Inadequate exposure to semen    Big Smile

     

    and I could not live without milk, difficult labor or not!!

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  • that's hilarious about Belize...how does one go about avoiding a lunar eclipse?  Hop on the space shuttle?

  • I like Greece. That confirms we can eat whatever we want!!!!
  • no one should go with inadequite semen supply...and no one ever should wear mid-drift tops...
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  • i'm sure a man made up the semen story. a guy used to tell me that if women swallow they will have a better chance of conceiveing and no morning sickness. 
  • I second the vote for Greece....
  • Add to the list:

       In Russia, women are told they should never sit on any cold stone seat (bench, etc) because they will never be able to get PG.

     

  • According to Greece, my baby is going to come out looking like a huge Cheez-It since I'm polishing off a box right now.

  • I need to go tell my FI about these two...I could totally use them as an excuss :0)

    New Guinea

    Inadequate exposure to semen

    Poor fetal development

    Greece

    Letting a craving go unsatisfied

    Deformities or birthmarks resembling the craved food (e.g. strawberry marks)

  • nice- that's fun! i guess i'm going to have a very very very difficult labor.. i've been drinking a ton of milk lately! lol
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  • Hooray for New Guinea (never thought I'd say that...)

    I don't know about poor fetal development, but I've heard that exposure to your partner's semen (vaginally and orally- yes, you have to swallow) during pregnancy helps your body recognize your partner's proteins and helps keep your immune system from attacking the baby during pregnancy. I couldn't remember where the article I read was, but here's something similar:

    http://www.gettingolderandwiser.com/fertility/regular-exposure-to-semen-may-help-infertility.html

     

     

  • image meli_221:

    According to Greece, my baby is going to come out looking like a huge Cheez-It since I'm polishing off a box right now.

    No, meli... you're being a good mom and insuring that your baby WON'T look like a Cheez-it by polishing off that box! That would be a pretty hilarious birthmark though!

  • I am moving to Greece so I can eat all of my cravings.... :)
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