The world is to witness the penumbral Lunar Eclipse 2020, which is also being called the Upachaya Chandra Grahan tomorrow. It is a well known fact that eclipses are considered bad omen for pregnancies in many cultures, including India. There are several theories that claim the eclipses can harm the unborn child by leading to physical deformity or ugly birthmarks. Interestingly, there is no scientific evidence behind these firmly believed superstitions. But these beliefs can make the mother as well as the family members worried about the well being of the child and so it is important to discuss this celestial event’s impact on a mother carrying her baby.
Pregnant women are advised to stay indoors during the duration of the lunar eclipse, away from the rays of event. Well, if there is even a slight doubt and worry in your head regarding this, it is best to stay indoor - at least it will not be stressful for the mother-to-be and her family. And it is easier to avoid a lunar eclipse than a solar eclipse which happens during the daytime. Unlike solar eclipse which is said to harm the eyes, lunar eclipse doesn’t pose any such threat.
So let’s look at some of the other lunar eclipse dos and don’ts that are believed widely. You must have heard quite a few from your well meaning friends and family, so we have listed them all for you
Do not use any sharp object during the time of the eclipse. Avoid using scissors, knives or needles
Avoid eating anything during the eclipse
Make sure that you cover the windows with thick curtains so that no rays from the eclipse enter the home
Make sure that you discard any cooked food before the eclipse.
It is advised to take a shower after the eclipse is over
It is said that pregnant women should not even have water during the eclipse, however, we would not back that statement. It is important for expectant mothers to stay hydrated as dehydration can lead to other issues. Also, do not go for long periods without eating. Consult your doctor if you are planning to go without food and water.