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I’m pregnant. Today there will be a solar eclipse. Did you know I’m supposed to wear red and some sort of metal to protect the baby?
I didn’t either, but it seems that many of the pregnant women in our community are being told by their mothers or grandmothers to grab their red underwear or pin a red ribbon to them with a safety pin. The goal is to guard against birth defects.
I thought I’d gather up some of the interesting things our moms have been told to do during today’s eclipse.
Does anyone know if its true that's dangerous for us to go out. Many people are telling me to stay in, not to go out because baby may have some abnormalities...
I was told to wear something red.. If not my little girl wld have a cleft palate.. I've had three of my clients tell me that today..
So my sis in law said wear something red and a safety pin on my belly tomorrow and don't go outside during the eclipse. :/
My mom called an said that just to be on the safe side to wear red underwear with a safety pin because the baby can be born with a cleft lip. (shes not so sure) but wants me to do it anyway.
– hailey’s mamash
I have to wear a key on a safety pin. My mom & grandma practically mug me to be sure i'm protected.lol I just do it. It doesn't hurt and it makes them happy.
I was told the same thing true or not.....I'm wearing my red ribbon w/safety pin tomorrow night! =)
My friend from Mexico told me about this. I have my safety pin on right now! I always wear it on the bottom of my shirt, doesn't hurt anything. I didn't know about the red though. I have a ribbon, so I'll put that on. I know it is silly and superstitious but I'm not leaving the house today.
According to BabyCenter’s Traditional Hispanic beliefs and myths about pregnancy this belief can be traced back to the Aztecs. “They believed that an eclipse was a bite on the face of the moon. If a mother watched it, the same thing would happen to her baby. For protection, the mom must carry something metallic, such as a safety pin, on her underwear.”
I think this is fascinating. My family is big on myths, I never heard this one, but we have a few doozies of our own. And admittedly even though I know it’s a superstition, it kind of makes me want to go grab a red ribbon and safety pin, you know, just to be extra safe...
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