Eclipse And Pregnancy – Effects, Myths & Facts, Precautions
What Is Eclipse?
Eclipse, in general, is the shadowing of one heavenly body with another. It can be moon shadowing the earth or sun shading the earth. There are two types of eclipses. Solar and lunar. When the earth moves in between the sun and the moon, blocking the light from the moon. Lunar can happen only on a full moon and can be seen directly from the earth.
Solar lunar, on the other hand, occurs when the moon comes in between the sun and the earth while orbiting. Visibility of a solar eclipse is really low and it lasts for only a few minutes.
While looking directly or being out during a lunar is considered bad for the vibe as well as the health, there is a lot that is done and said around pregnancy and eclipse. While most of it can be waved off as mere myths, there is a precaution that comes with scientific reasoning and hence makes sense, unlike others.
Effects Of Eclipse On Pregnant Women
While there a lot of myths that revolve around eclipse and pregnancy, there are the certain proven and practical effect that eclipse can cause on a pregnant woman. There can create an emotional imbalance cause hormonal issues in pregnant women. This can affect the child as well.
There is a lot that is said and done around eclipse by a pregnant woman however the one thing that is avoided and must be taken care of firstly is the psychological effect of this. Constantly thinking about the effects a lunar can cause to you if you are pregnant will do nothing but stress you out. Pregnancy is a time when hormones are all over the place and thinking negative or stressing over something is very easy to do. It is first and foremost important to stay as calm as possible and rest as much as you can during your pregnancy. Worrying about eclipse and its effect will just worsen the situation causing emotional imbalance.
Myth Around Eclipse And Pregnancy
Most of the things that people say around eclipse are mostly a myth and superstition. While you should always be careful during an eclipse, considering you will be looking at the sun directly, there are certain myths that need breaking.
Especially most of the things that are said around pregnancy and eclipse are mostly myths. Learn them so that the next time you see someone passing it on, you can break the bubble of superstition there.
Using Knife Can Cause Cleft Lip In The Newborn
A woman must rest as much as possible during her pregnancy. Considering, even to date, most women spend their time in the kitchen. Pregnancy requires maximum rest for the child and the mother to be in perfect condition. However, the whole “knife can cause cleft lip in the newborn” is a myth. It does not have any scientific reasoning whatsoever. There also stands a women’s statement, where looking at an eclipse caused this condition in her newborn while no reports detected it. However, this seems nothing more than a coincidence.
Origin of the myth
There was a heavy chance of an expecting mother to hurt herself in the kitchen back then when the world was deprived of electricity. Daily chores of the house were the only work of women back then and hence this being a precaution made sense. However, for today’s time, it is a hardcore myth.
Going Out During An Eclipse
This is a myth that even if wanted to try is very difficult in today’s time. Stopping all chores just because of a shadow cast makes little sense. Going out in the open during a solar or lunar eclipse will absolutely have no harm whatsoever. However, looking directly at the sun can cause negative effects to the eyes. But then again, this is true with eclipse or without it as well. Looking directly at the sun can cause issues in the retina and this can happen to anyone, not just someone who is pregnant.
Origin of the myth:
This myth was created back when electricity did not exist and a pregnant women’s going out with proper light could cause her to trip leading to issues with the child. However today, with an ample amount of resources, this precaution has evidently turned into a myth.
Skipping Eating And Drinking During Eclipse
This in no way is healthy for the body and especially not for someone who is expecting. The body should be provided with an abundance of food and hydration during pregnancy as the food consumed is for two beings. Not eating can cause drowsiness, weakness and even fainting sensations that can worsen the situation further. During eclipse be it lunar or solar, microbes tend to multiply causing the food to go bad faster than usual. It is also perceived that the protective benefits of sunlight are also lost during this time. Hence the myth around not eating and drinking.
Origin of the myth
While this makes absolute sense both scientifically and theoretically, it again was appropriate for the times that were deprived of invention like refrigerators. Storing things in it protects it from all these problems and hence eating or drinking during an eclipse is no problem whatsoever.
Belly Touch Will Leave A Birth Mark On The New Born
There is a huge myth that touching your belly on an eclipse will leave the newborn with a birthmark. A birthmark just like the complexion or the colour of your eyes has no control whatsoever of any factor. It is merely caused due to genes, skin-related conditions, or pigmentation. In fact, it is a proven fact that touching the belly gives an emotional warmth from the outside and hence the baby kicks to get attention from the mother. So be it eclipse or no eclipse touch your belly when your unborn demands attention.
Bathing After Eclipse Is A Must
Bathing in general at the end of the day is great for relieving leg swelling or tiredness that women and especially pregnant women grow to the weight that she carries. There is no connection of bathing with eclipse. However, it is also said that taking a shower takes away all the negative energy that the eclipse leaves. Chanting few mantras or sitting in a calm and quiet place would also do just that. This is helpful otherwise but the reasoning for it sure makes it a myth.
Staying Away From Sharp Objects
This pretty much has the same explanation that the knife myth has. A pregnant woman requires maximum rest and doing anything with any sharp object would mean work which she surely should be away from. This also comes from the belief that if a pregnant woman cuts or hurts herself, the bleeding will last longer and it will also take a long time to heal. However, this is also not supported by any scientific reasoning. Hence, it is a myth which sounds like a full proof precaution for days when electricity did not exist but for today’s time, it is a myth.
Pregnant Women Shouldn’t Sleep During An Eclipse
A pregnant woman must get as much sleep as humanly possible without making one too groggy. Depriving oneself with sleep due to eclipse cannot come with any scientific reasoning what so ever. Resting and relaxing as much as possible is the key to stay away from any sort of cranky behaviour that can trouble the hormones during pregnancy. So rest as much as you want.
Throwing Away Old Food
This is also due to the effects of the eclipse on food. It can cause microbes to form faster on perishables and hence it is not advised to keep anything old cooked in the house during an eclipse. However, this is not valid now as we have refrigerators to store food and gas to reheat, options that were not available back then when this myth was created in the first place.
Cause For Deformity In The New Born
Any sort of deformity in a child is caused due to the genes diet or vitamin deficiency, or any pre-existing health issues of the mother. There is no relation of an eclipse causing problems for the newborn as it can not even affect the mother as far as she is not looking at the solar eclipse directly from her eyes. While there are certain cases where exposing to eclipse did cause deformity to their newborns however, there are no proven reports that say that the eclipse was the reason.
Don’t wear metal
It is said to not wear metal like necklace, clips, pins or metal earings during the times of an eclipse by a pregnant woman. This clearly does not have any proven reasoning. On the contrary, there also is a myth that asks a women to wear red underwear with a safety pin.
Precaution For Pregnant Women During Eclipse
- Do not go outdoors or gaze at the sun directly.
- Avoid sleeping during an eclipse. Try to get ‘darbha grass’ and sit on the ‘darbha grass’ after spreading it on the floor.
- Do not use sharp objects like pins, knives, or needles during an eclipse.
- Do not eat, drink, or cook during the eclipse.
- Chant ‘Maha Mrutyunjaya Mantra’ or ‘Santana Gopala Mantra’ during the eclipse period.
- It is advised to take a bath after the eclipse ends.
Now that you are aware of the myths that people throw around regarding eclipse and pregnancy, stay clear of it and also educate people around you for the same. Spreading these myths not only creates an added problem but also makes life a little harder. While following a few of them just for the sake of the elderly will do no harm, stay away from myths like not eating or touching your belly. They will do nothing but disturb you emotionally, causing an emotional imbalance that will affect you as well as stress out the baby.
It is important to understand that these myths were created when times and situation called for it, however now when we are equipped with technologically advanced products that make the life easy, there is no point going back and troubling oneself for nothing. Eating healthy and taking an abundance of rest is all that you need to do during your pregnancy to have a newborn that is fit and healthy.
Tips For A Pregnant Women During Eclipse
There are certain tips that not just pregnant but everyone must follow during an eclipse to avoid any sort of health hazards. Follow them cause prevention has always been better than cure.
Don’t Look Directly At The Sun
- Sun’s radiation can be harmful when looked at directly. You must take proper precautions if you are planning to watch it.
- Watching the eclipse with the naked eye can actually affect the exposure that your retina will have to the intense visible light of the sun.
- It can even result in retinal burns due to the damage done to the light-sensitive cone cells and rod.
- So whether you are pregnant or not, you should avoid staring at the sun directly during an eclipse as it can damage your eyes and develop what is known as ‘eclipse blindness’.
Do Not Eat, Drink Or Cook During An Eclipse
- It is a known fact that the sun rays are very important and are the reason for our survival.
- Without these rays, the earth might be just another place with lots of harmful microbes and germs. This is what happens during eclipses.
- Due to the sun being blocked, its rays to get blocked.
- As a result, there is a sudden drop in temperature.
- This temperature drop and missing sun rays cause microbes, bacteria and harmful germs to rise.
- This is said to affect food items and almost every perishable item for that matter.
- Hence it is advised to avoid eating, drinking or even cooking during an eclipse.
- The sun rays kill all the harmful bacteria and germs, which otherwise might prove dangerous for humans.
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