Hello, A Very Sweet Blog fans! I'm Jo from White Roses and Coffee. Kim and I have been blog buddies for a while now. I absolutely adore Kim and when she asked me to do some guest posts on the Chinese culture, I was beyond excited! Kim, you sure that you asked the right person because I married a very traditional Chinese guy and my mom is super superstitious, so I'm happy to share the things I know.
Today, I'll be talking about some of the Chinese Pregnancy Taboos. I've been pregnant twice, so I had experienced some of these superstitions. Here are some of the possible caveats for expectant couples. Some of them are so ridiculous but yet so interesting.
1. No Home Improvement Procedures
Sawing, drilling, and hammering is not allowed when you're pregnant. This can cause fetal deformities. Moving houses or rearranging furniture is also considered bad luck. Sorry, building a nursery is a no-no in the Chinese culture.
The Chinese believe that mixing two joyous events can create a "clash of joy". The exception is when your close family members are getting married. I was 5 months pregnant with my youngest son when my sister-in-law got married. Thank goodness, my mother-in-law had no problem with it.
If you want a healthy baby, you are forbidden to eat soy sauce and drink coffee because the baby will have darker skin. If you eat light colored foods, however, you will have a fair skinned baby. Don't ask, I have a real problem with this one.
4. Forbidden Foods
In addition to #3, there are certain foods to avoid. Number one, crab: Eating crab will cause a difficult labour in which the baby will be born sideways. Number two, fish: The baby will be born with scales if any sort of fish has been ingested. Lastly, rabbit: The child will be born with a cleft lip (looking like a rabbit's mouth).
5. Beware Of Scissors
Pregnant women should not use scissors especially in the bedroom.
It signifies cutting your unborn baby's umbilical cord.
Avoid telling others, except your family members, if pregnancy is less than 3 months. Traditions said that the baby will get stingy and upset at the mother. If the mother shares the good news, there will be chances of her losing the baby. For some reasons, I believe in this one.
7. Surround Yourself With Cute Pictures Of Babies
This ensures that your baby will be good-looking and healthy.
8. "Don't Worry, Be Happy"
One's emotional state is really important when you're pregnant.
You don't want an unhappy and sour-looking baby, do you?
9. Funerals Are Forbidden
Pregnant women are discouraged to attend funerals because it is believed that there is a strong presence of spirits. If you have to, make sure you wear a red scarf around the stomach to protect the unborn baby.
10. Place A Knife Under The Mattress
This is to protect your unborn baby from any evil spirits. There is no scientific proof for these superstitions but some of them are quite reasonable. I guess it doesn't hurt to follow these beliefs. I had a hard time following some of these rules, especially not getting to drink coffee. Lol. I hope you found these quite fascinating and let me know which ones you believe in...or which you ones you find just absolutely ludicrous!
Thank You Jo, for writing such an informative post! I learned SO MUCH!
My mom was going to name me Lori, but she changed her mind when she saw a child by the same name that didn't look too hot :) She then came up with Kim! I couldn't imagine myself with any other name :)
I enjoy learning about other cultures and felt my readers would to.
I've asked Jo to be a contributor to A Very Sweet Blog.
So look for more posts from her regarding Chinese Culture in the future.