March 22, 2017
Pregnancy and motherhood are thought of as special and sacred in a multitude of cultures, not just our own. The magical nine-month period while a woman is pregnant is a time of celebration – but there are a huge number of ways in which different countries and cultures celebrate at this time, as well as a variety of customs and beliefs that shape a woman’s pregnancy in different ways.
Let’s take a look at some special pregnancy traditions and beliefs from around the world.
In Mexico, pregnant women are encouraged to bathe only in water that is warm. If it’s too hot, it’s said to lead to circulatory problems, and if it’s too cold, it’s thought to make the pelvis rigid and make the process of labour harder. Cravings are also taken very seriously in Mexico – many believe that eating food that you crave is necessary to create a healthy baby. Indulge those cravings.
Would you believe it – giving a mother-to-be a gift before their baby is born is thought to be unlucky in Chinese culture. That means no baby showers or extravagant presents during pregnancy. The child’s maternal grandmother is also traditionally responsible for buying most of the little one’s clothes.
They send one piece of clothing as a gift a month before the baby’s due date – this is thought to hasten the delivery and make labour easier for the mother. In China, it’s also thought that the way a mother acts while pregnant will directly influence her child’s personality and disposition.This means no arguing, gossiping or physical effort while in labour. The physical labour we can do without – but those pregnancy hormones would make it tough to avoid arguments we think.
Greek families and communities are very close, and a new baby is an event for the whole neighbourhood! Friends, family members and locals will also try to ward off the ‘evil eye’ by sending gifts of silver and gold coins, as well as special stones.
Turkey is another country which doesn’t believe in holding baby showers. In fact, there’s no celebration of any kind until the baby has been safely received into the world. The mother and baby traditionally stay at home for up to 20 days after the birth, welcoming friends, family members and well-wishers, who drink a celebratory beverage called ‘lohusa serbeti’ (made with water, sugar, cinnamon, cloves and a red food colouring).
Women generally give birth at home in many parts of India, and they are encouraged to create a sense of ‘openness’ in the home. This is said to make the labour process easier and less painful. As part of this, they must leave all the doors in their house open, removing any jewellery and taking their hair down while in labour.
Do you have any interesting pregnancy customs or traditions in your family? We would love to hear about them.
December 11, 2018
If the festive season didn’t feel exciting and filled with wonder already, along comes your little one and gives you a fresh perspective on what the Christmas season truly means.
Making that first Christmas special can feel overwhelming, you want everything to be picture perfect but you know they’re not going to remember all the fuss.
Gift giving for your newborn is the easy part, after all, you want to spoil them. But we’ve listed below some thoughtful first Christmas presents that will last well beyond this Christmas and go on to be treasured keepsakes in their lives.
November 27, 2018
It’s true what they say - children are the ones that make Christmas special.
With festivities fast approaching, you may be getting overwhelmed in the planning of your baby’s first Christmas. And that’s completely understandable.
After all, as parents, we want to make it perfect for them and create memories that can be looked on in many years to come.
Although your little one will not remember their first Christmas, traditions are a great thing to begin to establish during Christmas, as they can continue year-after-year, and become something that your child cherishes about the festive season when they are older.
To help inspire you, we’ve listed some of the thoughtful traditions you can begin to help your baby’s first Christmas to be magical, in the hope they will last far longer than the real fir tree.
November 13, 2018
As parents, we want to be able to capture all those special moments of our little one's lives. But when you’re not a professional photographer, sometimes capturing those picture perfect moments can be frustrating.
As famous photographer WC Fields once said - “never work with animals or children.”
And when you’re a parent you can understand why. Not only because your model is often a wiggle bum, but also because the lighting might not be great, or you’ve realised you can see the giant pile of ironing in the background.
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