Eclipse Harmful to Pregnant Women: Myth or Truth?

In India, eclipse is linked to many dos and don’ts for everybody as it is believed to be a bad omen. Pregnant women are advised not to come outside, eat or cook during a solar and lunar eclipse because people believe that it may have side effects on the growing baby. How can we determine if all these beliefs about eclipse are just myths?Myths about Eclipse Involving Pregnant WomenLet’s see some of the belief based on solar and lunar eclipse and its effect on pregnancy:

  1. It is widely believed that an expectant mother should not go outside during an eclipse and not see with naked eyes. If they do, the child in the womb may develop some deformities.
  2. Do not use a knife or any sharp metal objects at the time of a lunar eclipse as it may cause the baby to have a cleft lip or birthmarks.
  3. Do not cook any food during an eclipse and avoid consuming food or water till the eclipse is over. This is applicable to not just pregnant women but also everybody.
  4. Avoid any work during the time of eclipse and take rest as much as possible.
  5. Cover the windows with a thick curtain to avoid the rays of eclipse to enter.
  6. Taking bath after the eclipse is over.

There are many other popular beliefs about the effects of a lunar eclipse during pregnancy, followed in India. However, there is no harm in following some of them as it will give a peace of mind to the family.It is advisable not to see the eclipse with your naked eyes as it may have a negative effect on eyesight, if not immediately then later in life. However with protection, pregnant women can view the beautiful scenery of a solar or a lunar eclipse during pregnancy.Pregnant women do need rest so why not use this opportunity to take a break from all the routine chores and rest for a while? Having a bath before going to bed is good for leg cramps and body aches so having a bath after the eclipse is not an unusual thing to do.However, do not refrain from eating or drinking water during an eclipse as it may affect you with reduced glucose level in the blood or dehydration in the body.There is no scientific evidence to prove any of the myths about eclipse but also there aren't any scientific studies conducted to disapprove them so think about the possible beliefs that you could follow without affecting your body. Do not object every custom and belief because you do not believe them whereas your family might be really concerned about you and your baby’s health. By performing the zero risk eclipse precautious tips, you can offer peace of mind to your caretakers and family members.  


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