Eclipse and Pregnancy – Is It Harmful for Pregnant Women?

A pregnant woman

An eclipse is just as natural a phenomenon like a sunset or a sunrise. The moon and the earth are in constant motion on their axis. Thus, they are bound to come on the same line at some point in time. This causes an eclipse.

What is an Eclipse?

Eclipse is a natural phenomenon that occurs when the sun, the earth, and the moon are in one single line. It can be thought of as a shadow caused by the moon and the earth when they come in particular position while moving in motion.

What is a Lunar Eclipse?

When the earth comes in between the moon and the sun, the eclipse is called a lunar eclipse.

Can Lunar Eclipse Harm Your Baby or Pregnancy?

Some people believe that eclipse effects on pregnancy and are often wary about it. Eclipse is considered as a bad omen during pregnancy. However, there is no scientific proof to support this statement.

Lunar Eclipse

Precautions Advised to Pregnant Women during Lunar Eclipse

It is believed that pregnant women and their babies are not harmed during lunar eclipse if they follow a set of restrictions. Some of the general precautions advised to pregnant women during a lunar eclipse are:

  • To fast during the eclipse.
  • Not to knit or sew on the day of the lunar eclipse.
  • Not keeping anything in the kitchen that was prepared the day before.
  • Not to use sharp objects like scissors and a knife.
  • Not getting exposed to the light rays of the sun during the day. To avoid sunlight; heavy curtains should be pulled out, and windows should be covered with newspapers.
  • Not to go outside the house during the eclipse.

Things to Remember While Following the Precautions

It is very likely that you will be asked to avoid eating or drinking during the eclipse. This could have adverse effects on you and your baby. It can cause dehydration. All the unnecessary fuss during the eclipse and various regulations from your elders might make you anxious and over conscious. This may lead to an increase in blood pressure which can be bad for your baby’s health.

While following the precautions during the eclipse make sure that you are not showing the following symptoms:

If you notice these symptoms, consult a doctor immediately. Take a doctor’s appointment in advance if there is an event of a lunar eclipse and you are following the precautions.

What is a Solar Eclipse?

When the moon comes in between the earth and the sun, the eclipse is called the solar eclipse. According to NASA, a solar eclipse can be termed as a natural phenomenon in which the moon blocks all parts of the sun for up to 3 hours, as viewed from a given location on earth.

Solar Eclipse

Effects of Solar Eclipse on Pregnancy

It is believed that expectant women should not gaze at an eclipse directly. This might cause miscarriage in pregnancy or the child might be born with deformities.

Precautions for Pregnant Women during Solar Eclipse

All pregnant women have this question in mind, “Does eclipse affect pregnancy?” Science can back some of the beliefs while some may not have a scientific base. But here are some precautions to be taken for pregnant women during a solar 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.
  • Treat the elders of your house with respect and seek their blessings after bathing.

Myth or Fact

There are many beliefs that our elders believe regarding an eclipse. Let’s see whether the solar and lunar eclipse and pregnancy facts are myths or not.

1. Stay Indoors and Don’t Look at the Sun

It is true that a pregnant woman should not go outdoors during an eclipse and should not look with the naked eyes because of the following reasons:

  • It is harmful to gaze at the sun’s radiation directly.
  • Looking at the eclipse directly can affect the exposure that your retina will have to the intense visible light of the sun.
  • This can cause retinal burns due to the damage done to the light-sensitive rods and cone cells.

This is true in general. Whether you are pregnant or not, you shouldn’t gaze directly at an eclipse.

2. Do not Cook, Eat or Drink during an Eclipse

This is also a proven fact. The reason behind this is that the sun rays are blocked during an eclipse causing a drop in temperature. This drop in temperature and missing sun rays cause bacteria, microbes, and harmful germs to spread. Therefore, it is recommended not to eat, drink, or cook during the eclipse.

Disclaimer

Believing and acting upon the superstitions related to Eclipse is your choice. You might want to follow them as a token of respect towards your elders or to avoid the blame if there are some actual pregnancy complications.

Eclipse is a natural phenomenon. Neither solar eclipse nor lunar eclipse has any effect on your pregnancy. It is one’s personal choice to follow the beliefs and customs related to eclipse. All you need to do is relax and wait for the phenomenon to pass.

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