Pregnancy of a person (Latin graviditas) is a condition of the woman’s organism when the developing embryo or fetus is in its reproductive organs. Pregnancy arises as a result of the fusion of female and male sex cells.
Many peoples of the world have signs and superstitions about the fact that it is impossible to make a pregnant woman to bear a healthy child and to protect a newborn from trouble. Since ancient times, there are all kinds of fears that the imprudent actions of a pregnant woman can affect not only the well-being of herself and the child, but also those around her.
If you delve into the consideration of all the warnings, you may get the feeling that the future mother was not allowed much. All these superstitions had to protect the woman from evil forces. Many beliefs have survived to this day, and there are absolutely new ones that were invented just a few years ago. Why are these signs being observed at the present time? Is this not absurd?
Most likely, during pregnancy a woman becomes, on the one hand, very trustful, and on the other, she is ready to do everything to successfully bear the child. However, despite everything, the majority will accept based on prejudice and in them there is no rational thought. What are the most common myths in the people?
You can not cut hair during pregnancy.
Many future mothers still observe this rule. Even in some hairdressers, pregnant women are recommended to do a haircut after giving birth. Most likely, this superstition originates from ancient mythology, according to which hair symbolizes will, energy and strength. Our ancestors feared that a strand of hair can take possession of an evil person and harm a pregnant woman and her child. But now we can say with all certainty that from the medical point of view there are no contraindications for the future mother to visit the hairdresser. And what about a woman who constantly wears a haircut. Overgrown ends will not only spoil the appearance of the hairstyle of a pregnant woman, but also the mood, since they will interfere, climb into the eyes and so on.
Hair coloring can harm mom and baby.
According to many pediatricians, the negative impact of hair colors on mom and fetus has not been proven by any scientifically valid data. Paint can not affect the fetus for such a simple reason that it does not enter the bloodstream. The only limitation is allergic reactions. If you have previously had problems with dyeing hair, then it’s better to discard staining. Or … put away the paint with ammonia and buy the usual henna or basma. This paint consists only of natural ingredients and does not cause allergies. In addition, now henna can be of different shades from red to purple. You can also use the services of beauty salons, which will offer you the most modern dyes, consisting of 85% of natural raw materials.
You can not buy a baby clothes and a crib in advance.
It is believed that this way you can not report the child or have complications during childbirth. Of course, this is not so. Most likely, this belief has gone after someone who bought in advance clothes for his or her unborn child, he died during childbirth or earlier. But after all, there are many other cases when parents bought a whole wardrobe of a dowry, a cot and furniture for the child while he was still in the womb, and nothing bad happened, they had a strong and healthy baby. But if you are very sensitive, and you will torment yourself with doubts after buying things, then it is better to ask to buy the most necessary for your first time friend or mother, and after the birth of the baby you can choose clothes for yourself.
If you have a pregnant heartburn, the baby will be born with a magnificent head of hair.
This is not true. Heartburn in pregnant women is due to the fact that because of the growing uterus the stomach has to be crowded, and sometimes the food goes back to the esophagus. Therefore, pregnant women are very often heartburn.
Pregnant women should not take a bath: germs can get into the vagina, and harm the fetus.
In fact, this is not quite true. From the microbes of the child protects the fetal bladder and mucous plug. But doctors do not recommend taking very hot baths. Duration of reception should be limited to 15 minutes. This is especially true for the first trimester, tk. in some cases, there may be a threat of termination of pregnancy.
You can not look at something terrible and ugly: a child can be born ugly.
An unpleasant sight does not affect the appearance of the baby, but can lead to a deterioration in the emotional state of the pregnant, and, consequently, the child.
You can not talk about your pregnancy until your belly is visible.
This superstition is common in our time. Future mothers are slow to announce their pregnancy, being afraid of envy of girlfriends and colleagues, or just a bad eye, especially if this is their first pregnancy or they have not been able to conceive for a long time. Here everything depends on the person, on how superstitious he is and whether there are people in his entourage who can envy. But in most cases it is better to tell about your pregnancy in advance, especially to the authorities and employees. In this case, you will be treated more closely, and if necessary, facilitate the working conditions.
Pregnant can not be drawn or photographed.
This is a relatively new belief and is connected with the fact that the unprotected souls of a pregnant woman and a child in her belly will be “caught” in the picture. Of course, this is complete nonsense! On the contrary, now many pop stars and cinema are very actively substituting their rounded stomach for cameras, and despite this, give birth to healthy children.
You can not sew and knit, otherwise the birth will be difficult, or the child will get confused in the umbilical cord (as the mother sews him the entrance to our world).
This myth is based on the metamorphic connection between sewing and sewing of the entrance to the world, but in fact there is no such connection. On the contrary, many pregnant women start sewing and knitting during this period, as they have the opportunity to make their child’s first clothes themselves, and besides, they have a lot of free time for this exercise.
Pregnant women should not be raised above their heads.
It is believed that the child may become entangled in the web. Nothing like this! One with another is not connected in any way. But still there is some truth in this myth. Pregnant is not recommended to hang curtains or stand in public transport for a long time with your hands up, but only from a medical point of view, especially if there is a threat of miscarriage.
You can not stare at the fire, as a child can be born with birthmarks.
This is a real fiction. There is no connection between this action and the birth of the child.
You can not treat your teeth during pregnancy.
It is believed that this way it is possible to harm the successful course of labor. In fact, this is not so. Any fears with dental treatment are due to the fact that anesthetic painkillers are used, which can get into the blood, and, therefore, can harm the fetus. Now with the removal or treatment of teeth in pregnant women use special painkillers based on herbs, which will not lead to any bad consequences. You should only warn the doctor in advance about your pregnancy.