Filipino Myths On Pregnancy

While I was pregnant, I had a fair share of unusual old wives tales and beliefs on what to do and what not to do when pregnant.  Some are outrageous and the others are, well, common sense that has been passed on from generations, but whether it bears any significance on the fetus and the pregnant mother or not, it pays to heed the belief of the elders that has come to existence based on the experience that has been passed on from generation to generation.

Here are just of few of the myths that i have collected from the nine months of my childbearing life:
1. Wearing accessories around your neck will cause the umbilical cord to be wrapped around baby’s neck.
2. Tying anything around your waist or wearing a belt will cause the umbilical cord to be wrapped around baby’s neck.
3. Sitting with your legs far apart will make the baby’s head big.
4. Put a hard broom upside down behind your house’s main door so that the “tik-tik” will not smell the fetus inside the mother’s
womb.
5. When walking outdoors at night, cover your head with a piece of cloth so that the “tik-tik” will not find you.
6. Wearing ill fitting lower garments will cause the baby to become bow legged.
7. Look only at beautiful people so that the baby will also be beautiful.
8. If the pregnant woman touches a crab or ginger, the child’s limbs will also look like that of the crab or ginger.
9. Give in to all your food cravings to prevent miscarriage.
10. Sleeping on the floor will cause edema.

Any myths that you have encountered so far that we can add to the list?

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