Pregnant women should not pet the cat, cut their hair, look at the ugly and sit with their legs crossed. In our country, inexperienced expectant mothers are still frightened with such horror stories, but in fact, rarely anyone follows these advice. Nevertheless, our girls who are expecting a baby can surprise foreign women very much.
Hide pregnancy until the last
In our country, pregnancy is something very personal, and many women prefer to hide their situation until it becomes obvious. If people around them begin to guess that their friend is expecting a child, asking about it directly is considered very tactless.
Most people try not to buy a lot of things until the baby is born, except for the most necessary things. And even this necessary is usually chosen when the deadlines are already running out. And parties “baby shower”, at which the expectant mother is inundated with gifts for the baby are rare here, like the Amur tiger.
Special privileges in public places
Not all of our compatriots give way to pregnant women, but still such behavior is considered indecent. In most cases, when a woman appears on public transport, she will still be seated in position, even if all the seats are occupied. In Western countries, it will remain standing. Well, if she herself does not ask to give her a place.
Long maternity leave
The US is the only OECD country without a national statutory paid maternity, paternity or parental leave. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) enables some employees to take up to 12 weeks unpaid maternity leave but only 60% of workers are eligible.
A smaller percentage of moms–16%–only take one to four weeks off work following childbirth. And the remaining third of new moms don’t take any time off at all, going back to work almost right away.
You can’t go to childbirth with a bag
This strange rule surprises not only foreigners, but also us. Until now, no one can give a clear explain of why it is impossible to take a bag to the hospital, but only a package. But someone say that this is for safety reasons: so that the baby is not taken out of the hospital.
Home birth is almost impossible
7 states do not license but make home birth midwifery illegal – Alabama, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska, North Carolina and South Dakota.
The percentage of home births increased from 0.84% in 2011 to 0.89% in 2012. This percentage has been increasing since 2004 (0.56%). The percentage of birthing center births increased from 0.36% in 2011 to 0.39% in 2012. This percentage has been increasing since 2004 (0.23%).
The newborn cannot be shown until he is one month old
It is believed that it is impossible to show a newborn during the 1st month of his life, and preferably 40 days. This is such a sign associated with the fact that the baby has just come from another world and needs to be cleansed of impurity. But many doctors welcome this superstition. The fact is that during the newborn period (28 days), the baby’s body is still fragile and quite susceptible to infections of any kind.
- To be honest, I was very glad that there is a sign that prohibits showing a baby in the 1st month of his life. I was just so tired that the guests were definitely of no use to me. Naturally, the closest ones – grandparents – saw the child immediately after discharge.
Strict diet while breastfeeding
In our country, if a baby’s cheeks turn red or he becomes covered with a rash, the first thing the mother will be asked is what she has eaten so bad. Pediatricians literally force women to follow a strict diet, give up seafood, strawberries, chocolate, oranges and even cabbage, so that the child does not have colic and allergies.
- In the USA, it is believed that you can eat everything, but you need to monitor the baby and exclude some foods in case of allergies. Similar recommendations are made in the UK .
Hair must not be cut
Hair should not be cut during pregnancy, as this will shorten the life of the unborn child. Of course, this is just superstition, and abroad, pregnant women cut their hair as they please.
What surprised you during your pregnancy or when your loved ones were in a position?