When I got pregnant, I heard so many superstitions that were soo ridiculous, they were really amusing. Here are some of the ones I remember:
Wake up in the morning and look at pictures of good looking people - Or else your baby won't be so pretty.
Don't look at anything with snakes or other animals on/in it - Or else your baby will be negatively affected by the images and may even turn out looking snake-isn. (Why was I told this one? - Because while I was pregnant and had a lot of time to be lazy, I loved watching The Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and National Geographic.)
Keep cloves of garlic in your purse or pocket whenever you go out - Or else an evil Witch was going to attack you! (Lol...why that witch was going to attack me, I'm not sure. I never bothered to clarify)
There was an eclipse while I was pregnant and I was advised not to drink anything, eat anything, or DO ANYTHING during that time. Why? Because in India, Bangladesh and believe or not even the Aztecs, believed that a pregnant woman who saw an eclipse would have a baby with a harelip.
Once I had Arissa, I got a whole new slew of old wives tales:
Make sure you don't step on your breast milk - or else your milk supply will decrease. (The logic behind this is beyond me.)
Don't eat anything too cold - Or else your baby will catch a cold! (So, can my baby also get brain freeze from my breast milk? Hmmm..)
And the one I hear most often - Put a dot with Black Kohl on her! Now, even I had that put on me when I was a baby and almost all babies in the Indian Sub-continent in earlier generations have had the signature black dot smudged onto their forehead. This is done to make the child seem imperfect (hard to do because all babies are so Perfect and Precious!). This supposedly prevents compliments so that the baby doesn't fall into the 'Evil Eye's' radar and and wards of the 'Evil Eye' who would have otherwise harmed or attacked the baby from envy.
|You may be able to see the dot on the left side of my forehead (i.e your right)|
Well, as interesting as it may be, I just don't Believe. So I am taking the risk and saying 'pass' to the black kohl. I wouldn't have put any on her if we were still living in Canada and I don't plan to because we are now in Bangladesh.
Now, most of the above has been about superstitions. One 'tradition' I'm finding hard to escape is the one where I'm suppose to shave off all the beautiful hair on my baby girl's head. Apparently, it's suppose to make your baby's hair grow back more lush and voluminous. Almost all babies in Bangladesh, have their hair shaved off within the first 6 months of birth and when everyone sees my baby's head is still full of the baby soft hair she was born with, they immediately ask me why I haven't shaved it all of or when I'm planning to (although some bald babies do look very cute). Family members are always telling me to do it and I just don't think I can bring myself to. I mean how am I going to put all those adorable bows and clips on her then?