Pregnancy Dos and Don'ts: 40 Weird Pregnancy Superstitions Around the World

Pregnancy Dos and Don'ts: 40 Weird Pregnancy Superstitions Around the World

Superstitious behaviour is often the result of different traditions coming from different cultures, but we can't deny that some of them are just downright strange. And when it comes to an important period in one's life like pregnancy, you can best believe there are a ton of superstitions revolving around this topic. Here are 40 totally weird pregnancy superstitions from all around the world. Do you believe in any?

1. Full Moon Baby

In many different cultures around the world, it's believed that being born during a full moons brings a life of luck and prosperity. Some even think that labour is more likely to start if there's a full moon out.

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2. No Cold Drinks

Stay away from ice! In some Asian cultures, pregnant women are advised to avoid drinking any cold beverages. It's believed that drinking them can lead to a sickly child.

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3. Craving Avoidance

In parts of Africa, it's believed that ignoring a pregnant woman's cravings can lead to a baby with a birthmark in the shape of the craved food.

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4. Eclipses and Deformities

In various Latin American cultures, a lunar or solar eclipse is thought to cause deformities in unborn children, prompting pregnant women to stay indoors during these events.

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5. Pregnant Women and Funerals

In some Eastern European traditions, pregnant women are advised not to attend funerals because it's believed to bring bad luck or harm to the unborn child.

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6. Shape of the Belly

Here's a more common one - a widespread superstition is that the shape of a pregnant woman's belly can predict the baby's gender; round for a girl and pointy for a boy.

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7. No Knitting

Knitters beware - in Iceland, there's a belief that knitting near a pregnant woman, especially near the bed, can lead to a difficult labor.

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8. No Haircuts

In different parts of India, pregnant women are often told that they shouldn't cut their hair during pregnancy because it's a superstition that it might impact the baby's lifespan.

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9. Seafood Cravings

Coming from the country of delicious sushi, in Japanese culture, craving seafood during pregnancy is thought to mean the baby will have a happy, easy-going personality.

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10. Dreaming of Fish

In many cultures, it's a good thing if you had a dream about fish! Dreaming about fish is seen as a sign that someone in the family will soon become pregnant. But who...

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11. Avoiding Animal Shows

Some beliefs around the world suggest that watching animals give birth, or even animal-themed shows, can lead to a difficult childbirth.

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12. The Husband's Shoes

In Turkey, it's said that if a pregnant woman steps over her husband's shoes, the baby will resemble the father.

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13. No Reaching High

In the Philippines, it's believed that reaching for something high can cause the umbilical cord to wrap around the baby's neck. Better keep your arms safely by your side then!

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14. Mirror Avoidance

In some South American cultures, looking into a mirror during an eclipse is thought to cause facial deformities in the unborn child.

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15. Avoiding the Ocean

In certain coastal communities, pregnant women are advised not to go near the ocean to prevent the baby from being taken by spirits.

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16. No Spice in the Diet

In some Middle Eastern cultures, pregnant women are advised to avoid spicy foods. It's believed that spicy food can lead to a hot-tempered child.

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17. Sleeping on Your Left Side

A common belief in Western countries is that sleeping on your left side improves circulation to the heart, benefiting both mother and baby.

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18. No Baths

In certain parts of Eastern Europe, there's a superstition that taking baths during pregnancy can harm the baby, leading many to opt for showers only.

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19. Cat Avoidance

A widespread myth is that being around cats during pregnancy can cause harm. This is likely tied to concerns about toxoplasmosis, a condition cats can transmit.

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20. No Scissors Under the Pillow

In Chinese culture, it's a superstition that a pregnant woman should not put scissors under her pillow. This act is thought to lead to a difficult birth or even affect the baby's development, possibly cutting off good fortune or health. 

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21. Avoiding the Moonlight

In certain Native American tribes, pregnant women are advised to avoid moonlight. It's believed that exposure to the moon could lead to a difficult birth.

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22. Eating for Two

The saying "eating for two" is common in many cultures, implying that a pregnant woman needs to significantly increase her food intake for the sake of the baby's health.

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23. Wearing Necklaces

In parts of Africa, it's believed that wearing a necklace during pregnancy can strangle the baby in the womb. You might want to put your jewelry away for the time being. 

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24. No House Construction

Some East Asian cultures hold the belief that renovating or constructing a house during pregnancy can cause complications or health issues for the baby.

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25. Avoiding Certain Fruits

In Southeast Asia, fruits like pineapple and papaya are often avoided during pregnancy, as they're thought to increase the risk of miscarriage.

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26. No Photos

In some cultures, taking photos of a pregnant woman is considered bad luck, as it's believed to capture the spirit of the unborn child.

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27. Walking on Grass

In certain Caribbean cultures, it's suggested that pregnant women should not walk barefoot on grass to protect the baby from earth spirits.

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28. Wearing Red Underwear During a Lunar Eclipse

In some Latin American cultures, wearing red underwear during a lunar eclipse is believed to protect the unborn baby from negative cosmic energies.

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29. Sitting on Doorsteps

In parts of Southern Europe, pregnant women are advised against sitting on cold doorsteps, as it's thought to cause a difficult delivery.

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30. Listening to Classical Music

A popular modern superstition is that playing classical music to the unborn baby can increase its intelligence and promote brain development.

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31. Whistling at Night

In some Slavic cultures, it's believed that pregnant women should not whistle at night. The superstition holds that this could attract evil spirits or bad luck to the unborn child.

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32. No Needlework on the Bed

In various Asian cultures, there's a belief that doing needlework or sewing on the bed during pregnancy can lead to birth defects, particularly affecting the baby's eyes.

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33. Avoiding Peacock Feathers

In parts of Western Europe, there's a superstition that bringing peacock feathers into the home during pregnancy is bad luck, as they are believed to resemble an evil eye. Why you'd bring a peacock feather home in the first place, we're not entirely sure.

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34. No Peanuts

Some Western beliefs suggest that eating peanuts during pregnancy can lead to the child developing allergies, though recent studies have shown this may not be the case.

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35. The Husband's Cravings

In certain South American cultures, it's believed that if a husband experiences cravings during his wife's pregnancy, it's a sign that the baby will be a boy.

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36. Stepping Over a Rope

In some African cultures, a pregnant woman is advised not to step over a rope. If she does, it's believed that the baby could be born with a cord around its neck.

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37. Avoiding the Zoo

In some Eastern cultures, visiting a zoo or looking at wild animals during pregnancy is thought to influence the physical appearance of the baby.

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38. No Tears During Pregnancy

There's a belief in certain cultures that crying or being unhappy during pregnancy can affect the baby's disposition, leading to a more fretful or unhappy child.

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39. Wearing a Safety Pin

In some Hispanic cultures, pregnant women wear a safety pin on their underwear during a lunar eclipse. It's believed to protect the baby from negative energies.

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40. The Color of Clothes

In parts of Eastern Europe, it's thought that the color of clothes a pregnant woman wears can influence the baby's personality. For example, wearing bright colors is believed to lead to a bright and sunny disposition in the baby.

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