Things That Cause Fear During Pregnancy: Wives’ Tales and Superstitions
Something I constantly faced while I was expecting was an onslaught of Pregnancy Wives’ Tales and Superstitions. We frequently face it.
It’s everywhere– from the types of foods we eat to certain sitting positions, right on down to how others approach us.
It often left me in an awkward position. Those people truly believed in wives’ tales were very serious about imparting their knowledge to me.
The widened eyes, heightened eyebrows, quiet, reverent tone of voice and direct eye contact proved to me just how serious they felt about whatever they were sharing.
How was I to respond without offending them? What should I believe?
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There’s No Real Benefit In Wives’ Tales
Nearly every superstition people shared with me had no medical foundation, nor was there any true benefit. They were often strange things with odd consequences like:
- Don’t talk about your pregnancy until you’re at least three months along or something terrible will happen to the baby.
- If you ask for something from someone they’d better give it to you or they’ll have eye problems.
- You can swing a wedding ring over your bump to find out the baby’s gender.
While some superstitions may seem harmless and even funny, most of them have roots that go back to ancient times and were no laughing matter.
These ideas, beyond a shadow of a doubt, were motivated by one emotion:
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Most Pregnancy Wives’ Tales and Superstitions Are Fear-Based
Almost every superstition out there (except for some of the gender telling types) has some sort of consequence. The premise is “don’t do this, or XYZ will happen.”
I Timothy 1:4 addresses such a mindset. It says, “Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do”
What does that mean? Paul was instructing Timothy to remain in Ephesus to battle false teachings and he addressed those types of doctrines in this scripture.
He cautioned Timothy against fables and traditions that contradicted God’s Word.
The concept is still true today, and pregnancy seems to bring out the fables by the dozens. Some can be fun, but many can cause worry.
What You Can Do
If you find yourself inundated with all sorts of do’s and don’t’s that will reap tragic consequences, take them to your doctor.
Ask if the advice has any medical truth to it. Pray about what people share with you and take your questions to a spiritual mentor.
If someone imparts a superstition to you that causes fear, reject it.
1 John 4:18 says, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”
When we love one another and uplift and encourage one another, we are acting in the love of Christ. That love is powerful enough to cast out fear.