10 Weird Pregnancy Traditions around the World
When a baby's on board, it's not uncommon to find people circling rings around the belly, dancing under moonlight and eating all sorts of strange foods to influence the wee one's future. Here are the weirdest pregnancy traditions we've seen across the globe.
Burn It Up
In China, it is tradition for husbands to carry their pregnant wives over hot coals. This ensures that she’ll get through labor successfully (though perhaps not without some third degree burns).
It Gets Easier
An old Russian superstition has couples tell each other the names of previous lovers to make childbirth easier. This tradition has faded as people have come to realize that chatting about exes may not be the best bonding experience for the mom and dad to be.
Give In to the Cravings
Mexicans believe that women who crave strawberries but don’t eat them will give birth to children who bear strawberry birthmarks. Those who crave ghost peppers may be in for a world of hurt.
None of That Touchy Stuff
Mongolian women avoid touching each other during pregnancy because they believe the baby’s sex can change if two women have physical contact.
Certain Kenyan tribes forbid sex during pregnancy out of fear that it will result in the birth of a disabled child. Good thing sex isn’t forbidden altogether, or they’d never have those kids in utero to stress over in the first place.
Jamaicans believe that drinking lots of milk during pregnancy will cause the child to have a lighter complexion. No word on what happens when they drink coffee or Mountain Dew.
No Laughing Matter
Pregnant Chinese women are discouraged from gossiping, laughing too loudly or attending funerals as these are all seen to be bad luck. However, sleeping with knives under their bed is a perfectly appropriate way to ward off evil spirits.
In Maharashtra, India, fathers throw their babies off a 50 foot tall building in order to ensure good health and prosperity for their families. We figure if kids can survive being tossed off a roof, they’re at least bound to have good bone density.
Post-labor, dads in Scotland get together for drinks with pals to celebrate and “wet the child’s head.” Come to think of it, when are children not a good excuse to have a drink?
Back Off, Beasts
Portuguese people keep cats and dogs away from pregnant women to avoid having a hairy baby.
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