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Is it bad luck to buy baby stuff before the birth?

Throughout your pregnancy, you’ll feel the need to shop for your baby. Especially when it comes to preparing your home to receive the new arrival. This is a natural desire that most, if not all, women will experience when pregnant. There is even a name for such urges – nesting.

But what if your elders have banned you from buying anything because it’s bad luck? Is there a real reason behind these sanctions? Let’s find out.

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It’s bad luck to buy baby stuff before the birth – Where does this taboo come from?

You might be surprised to find out that the pregnancy taboo on whether it is bad luck to buy baby stuff before the birth is not just restricted to Asian cultures. It’s practiced by Jewish people and many other cultures around the world, including those in Europe and America. And the reason for this might make more sense than you think.

In the past, before the advancements of medical science, rates of miscarriage, stillbirth and infant mortality were much higher than they are today. Traditions, and the many do’s and don’ts of a pregnant women, have stemmed from a fear, and the risk, of losing a baby.

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But the reasons behind the superstition that it is bad luck to buy baby stuff before the birth can actually be very practical. For women who suffer a stillbirth, it can be very traumatic to have to sell or donate the items they have acquired during pregnancy. Many find it difficult to store the items because they are associated with such sad memories.

Should I follow this myth?

Find out if you should abide by this rule on the next page…

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