Twice a year in every calendar year, we have a lunar eclipse. Around the world it is estimated that more than 130 million children are born every year. This means that it is possible that there are more than 100 million pregnant at any given time in a year. All these expectant mothers will see a lunar eclipse during pregnancy. The most powerful instinct in a mother is the need to protect their baby and an unborn baby is not an exception. As a result, many mothers will want to know how lunar eclipse effects pregnancy.
There are no scientifically proven effects of lunar eclipse on pregnancy. All that is there is nothing but myths.
What is the effect of lunar eclipse on pregnancy?
The simple answer to this is that there is no health effect of watching a lunar eclipse while pregnant. The truth is that there are no lunar eclipse effects on humans in general. This is one of a kind cosmic event that you can watch at no cost, health or otherwise. This being said, there are a number of effects that are indirect results of lunar eclipses. These are as a result of the many myths surrounding lunar eclipse and pregnancy. Let us take a look at some of them:
- In India for example, pregnant women are to avoid the use of any metal objects with sharp edges during a lunar eclipse as it is believed to cause a cleft lip in the baby.
- An expectant mother should not see the eclipse with bare eyes or risk deforming the unborn child.
- Pregnant women are to avoid cooking and or eating or drinking water during a lunar eclipse.
- Pregnant women should avoid any strenuous activity during a lunar eclipse.
- You should not take a shower during the eclipse. This is false.
So, can a pregnant woman sleep during lunar eclipse? Yes, in fact, it is highly recommended that pregnant women should take as much time as possible to rest. While some of the myths listed make sense, they do not necessarily imply a direct relation between lunar eclipse and pregnancy.
You remain perfectly healthy if you decide to work during an eclipse. Expectant mothers are advised to maintain proper nutrition and avoid dehydration, it is ill advised to avoid drinking water or eating as the lunar eclipse has no effect. Another lunar eclipse pregnancy myth that holds no water is the claim that using knives will cause a cleft lip. This is false, and a mere superstition. Your child will not develop any deformities when you view a lunar eclipse or solar eclipse with your naked eyes. It is however advisable to use protective gear when viewing a solar eclipse, in both cases however the baby is not exposed in any way.
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There are a number of side effects related to solar eclipses that affect the whole population in general but the same is not true for lunar eclipses as there are no adverse effects. Expectant mothers around the world this year have the opportunity to see the longest lunar eclipse in more than a century. They can enjoy with peace of mind, an amazing view of the blood moon knowing there is no harm watching a lunar eclipse during pregnancy.