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Pregnancy taboos: Moving your bed is dangerous?

In this series, we explore common pregnancy taboos and myths, where they come from and whether there’s any truth in them. While we offer the scientific answers to all these myths, we’ll also look them from a cultural perspective and offer practical tips.

Pregnancy taboo: Moving your bed is a pregnancy risk

You might feel like rearranging your room to make room for the baby’s new crib and other nursery furniture but one thing you might have been told never to move is your bed. According to Chinese superstition, moving the bed is “moving the foetus (动胎)”, which can trigger a miscarriage or other pregnancy problems.

Is there any truth to this myth and what should you do to get around it?

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Where it comes from

The bed holds special importance when it comes to Asian cultural beliefs and superstition. Superstitions abound about the bed! The Indians forbid you to put a broom on the bed, the Malays warn against sitting on pillows and the Chinese have the most superstitions about the bed of all.

In Chinese tradition, the bed is a symbol of marriage and fertility. During weddings for example, great pomp surrounds the installing of a new bed, decorated with pink or red sheets, with auspicious bedside lamps and having a little boy roll on the bed to ensure the couple conceive a boy.

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In Feng Shui, the bed is also a source of great energy for health, marital bliss and romance. If you believe in Feng Shui, it could make some sense that changing the position of the bed would change the energy in the home. That may not be something you want if things are going well.

Should I follow this taboo?

Scientifically, there’s no risk involved in moving the bed. Of course, pregnant women should not be moving heavy furniture by themselves, but when it comes to changing the positions of bedroom furniture, many do so without any problems.

That said, this is not a difficult pregnancy myth to observe since the bed is not a piece of furniture that most people move, so why not follow it?

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If you really have to move the bed in order to fit in the nursery furniture, why not place the furniture in the living room for the time being? Have your partner or family members rearrange the furniture in your bedroom after you deliver the baby. It should be easy to have everything in place by the time you bring your little one home.

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