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They went Ballistic

Hi there! I missed all you guys

I have given birth a couple of weeks ago under emergency cesarean operation. Supposedly, my schedule was 25th of June. But last Sunday, my water bag broke so I was rushed to the ER at 10 am and I gave birth to a healthy 6.6 Ibs baby girl at 1:30 pm same day .

After staying for five days in the hospital, the first thing I wanted to do when I was discharged was to take a shower. I felt so icky. My daughter’s private nurse told me that she took a bath six hours later after she had given a normal delivery to her first child. I took a shower right away upon hearing this from her.

But some people, including my mom and her old relatives, have old school beliefs about “ binat” (vernacular for relapse”) . My mom and my aunts went ballistic upon knowing that I took a shower.She mentioned a lot of horrible stories and possible negative medical conditions that could be inflicted by my mere act of bathing lol.

My aunt over reacted. I could hear her voice from the other side of the phone even if I was not eavesdropping.

My mom gathered different kinds of leaves and brought them to boil. She asked me to bathe using the concoction so that the cold air that had entered my body would not cause relapse.

They have so many superstitious beliefs that I find funny. Like, I should drink rain water to have strong immunity against sickness that occur during rainy season.

How about in your family or in your country? Do you have any beliefs or superstitions with regard to what one should and should not do after birthing?

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CoralLevang wrote on July 6, 2015, 2:47 AM

First of all, congratulations on the birth of your special little girl. What did you name her?

No, I do not believe in all these superstitions/old wives' tales. I think you will be just fine. But sometimes, we have to go along with things just to settle the restless. emoticon :winking:

MegL wrote on July 6, 2015, 3:51 AM

Glad you and your baby are well. I suppose the worry about bathing is the possibility of germs from unclean water but if your water is from a clean source there shouldn't be any problem, provided your operation scar is healing well. Why not ask your doctor? Maybe their advice would ease their fears.

peachpurple wrote on July 6, 2015, 9:34 AM

Chinese families are extra superstitious when comes to confinement period. I was banned from taking bath for one month. I had to wash my hands n fave with ginger water. Imagine the smell underneath?!

wolfgirl569 wrote on July 6, 2015, 3:21 PM

Congratulations on the new bundle of joy. My mom always believed that things you said a lot could influence a baby, especially if they were bad

MelissaE wrote on July 6, 2015, 7:29 PM

Oh Lordy yes. Mine and my husband's family members wore me out with all of their superstitious beliefs about childbirth.

Mommyjen wrote on July 7, 2015, 1:01 AM

I think that Chinese belief is called "gelai" . Had I given birth through normal delivery, I would not be allowed to bathe for one month ,too. I do not come from a Chinese clan but my folks have so many childbirth superstitious beliefs. peachpurple

Mommyjen wrote on July 7, 2015, 1:02 AM

Thanks wolfgir569.

Mommyjen wrote on July 7, 2015, 1:02 AM

MelissaE what are the childbirth superstitions in your country?

istory wrote on July 7, 2015, 1:27 PM

Congratulations! So exciting! A baby girl :D. My baby girl is 16.
We had a tradition in Canada. The delivery room was never the place for the father. Now I know why. It can change the way the father looks at the mother. My kids' dad was a great labour coach. But I wish he left the room earlier!

cheri wrote on July 9, 2015, 1:48 AM

I also grew up with that kind of notion. My mom is a traditional midwife.

Carmelanirel wrote on July 13, 2015, 4:06 PM

Congratulations and may I ask why the wanted to do a C-section? Because with my last birth they did an ultra sound and said the baby was at least 14 pounds and I couldn't deliver naturally. This was on Thursday and I was supposed to make an appointment the following week. However, the next evening I went into labor and gave birth to an 8 pound boy. So I wondered if that was the reason they wanted to do a c-section.
As for baths and showers, the woman who took a bath soon after birth is fortunate she didn't get an infection down there, because the birth canal is still opened. Here we take showers (I took mine within 4-5 hours and home that same day) and there is nothing wrong with taking a shower as long as there isn't a medical reason (like you are still hooked up to an IV might cause a problem) it does no harm.