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Pregnancy and Solar eclipse : Myths busted by A Gynaecologist

The solar eclipse often brings with it a host of myths and misconceptions, especially when it comes to pregnant women. Let's take a closer look at these beliefs and attempt to debunk some of these myths: Myth 1: Cutting Something During an Eclipse Causes Congenital Anomalies

This belief lacks scientific merit. The idea that cutting something during an eclipse could affect the baby's health likely emerged in times when there was little understanding of genetics and no access to ultrasounds. In reality, congenital anomalies are primarily determined by the baby's genetic makeup, which is established at conception. So, there's no need to fear cutting objects during an eclipse; it won't impact your baby's health.

Myth 2: Pregnant Women Should Not Step Out During an Eclipse

While it's true that looking directly at the sun during an eclipse can be harmful to the eyes, this guideline applies to everyone, not just pregnant women. In regions where there is no eclipse, there's no reason for anyone to stay indoors due to eclipse-related concerns. It's essential to use common sense and avoid looking at the sun directly. Myth 3: Pregnant Women Should Stay Upright and Not Sleep

There is no scientific basis for this myth. Pregnant women should follow their usual routines and get the rest they need. It's crucial for expectant mothers to prioritize their health and well-being, including getting sufficient rest.

Myth 4: Pregnant Women Should Not Eat During an Eclipse

This myth is accompanied by a provision that suggests eating foods with Tulsi (holy basil) leaves. The idea that pregnant women shouldn't eat during an eclipse is unfounded. It's essential for expectant mothers to maintain a balanced diet and consume the necessary nutrients to support both their health and the development of their baby. There's no need to restrict food intake during an eclipse.

Myth 5: Do Not Look Directly at the Sun This is a valid and universal piece of advice. Staring at the sun, especially during an eclipse, can cause serious damage to your eyes. This precaution is not limited to pregnant women; it applies to everyone. If you want to observe a solar eclipse, use proper eye protection, such as eclipse glasses or a pinhole projector, to shield your eyes. Eclipses tend to give rise to a variety of myths and superstitions, often rooted in cultural beliefs or misconceptions. It's essential to approach these myths with a critical and scientific perspective. If you've heard other pregnancy-related eclipse myths, share them and let's continue to debunk unfounded beliefs, promoting accurate and evidence-based information to ensure the well-being of expectant mothers and their babies.

All in all, my intention is not to hurt any sentiments, but to make pregnant women feel comfortable, safe and confident that a solar eclipse will not harm them. you may do what you please , but do not stress yourself too much about it.

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