10 Pregnancy Superstitions That Are Old Wives' Tales

Stay Away From Funerals
While some cultures encourage pregnant women to stay away from funerals, they may want to weigh the sadness of attending against the regret of not going. RubberBall Productions/Getty Images

No one really wants to go to funerals, but some cultures have traditionally encouraged their pregnant women to stay as far away as possible from funerals, wakes or pretty much anything else directly related to death, for fear of causing harm to mother and/or child. People of the Jewish faith, among others, have long been told by their elders to mind this centuries-old belief ... or else [source: Abusch-Magder]. It's such an engrained part of these cultures that many people abide by it, despite all signs pointing to it being totally outdated. You know, just in case.

Rationally speaking, many traditionalists believe less in the prospect of some earthbound ghost causing harm than of the trauma of a sad scenario on the baby. Funerals and related events are simply seen as too stressful and emotionally jarring for pregnant women, which is probably the true reason why this unofficial edict was made popular so long ago. (For the record, pregnant women attending funerals is not forbidden by Jewish law [source: Moss].) So, rather than miss a loved ones' memorial or burial out of fear of the unknown, it's probably best to consult your doctor to determine if the subsequent stress is manageable enough to keep you and your baby safe and snug.