In certain Indian cultures you're not allowed to buy ANY baby things until the baby is born. Which I personally find unnecessarily stressful to the new parents (imagine... having to buy the baby capsule after your bub is born!).
It's a very old myth, so I assume from pre-modern science days where you couldn't guarantee the baby would be fine.
An Indian guy that I worked with printed off a bunch of pictures of babies when his wife was pregnant. When I asked why, he told me that there's a belief that when a woman is pregnant and she puts up pictures of cute babies where she'll see them every day, the baby will come out looking like the babies in the pictures. I don't know if that's a cultural thing or just some old wives tale he'd been told.
When I went to my anti Natel class we were talking about some cultural beliefs if anyone had any. I remember a lady saying they eat the placenta or the cord. Because it makes there skin look better. Mind you this was 2 years ago just about.
Re not hanging up washing etc - so how exactly are we supposed wash/do our hair? By those rules, we'd need a helper for that too! Hmmm....someone to wash my hair, brush it, style it...and the chores for next pregnancy? Yes, please!
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