A lunar eclipse happens when the moon, Earth and sun are very closely aligned, with the Earth positioned between the two. As the moon passes directly behind us, Earth blocks sunlight from directly reaching the moon, causing a reddish glow to appear. These so-called “blood moons” can only occur when there is a full moon.
It was once believed that the lunar cycle influenced a range of strange changes to a person’s physiology and the behaviour of wider society, with everything from birth rate, fertility, epilepsy and overall argumentativeness thought to be influenced. Many still believe that incidences of violent crime and general disorder increase around the time of a full moon. the moon’s gravitation pull is strong enough to influence the tides, it’s also strong enough to affect a woman’s body — namely, her menstrual cycle and, if she’s pregnant and nearing her due date, her contractions.
This occurs when the Sun, Moon and Earth are aligned. Such alignment coincides with a new moon (syzygy) indicating the Moon is closest to the ecliptic plane. In a total eclipse, the disk of the Sun is fully obscured by the Moon. In partial and annular eclipses, only part of the Sun is obscured.
Dos and Don’t during Eclipse
Since looking directly at the Sun can lead to permanent eye damage or blindness, special eye protection or indirect viewing techniques are used when viewing a solar eclipse
In India, eclipse is linked to many dos and don’ts for everybody as it is believed to be a bad omen. Pregnant women are advised not to come outside, eat or cook during a solar and lunar eclipse because people believe that it may have side effects on the growing baby.
It is widely believed that an expectant mother should not go outside during an eclipse and not see with naked eyes. If they do, the child in the womb may develop some deformities.
* Do not use a knife or any sharp metal objects at the time of a lunar eclipse as it may cause the baby to have a cleft lip or birthmarks.
* Do not cook any food during an eclipse and avoid consuming food or water till the eclipse is over. This is applicable to not just pregnant women but also everybody.
* Avoid any work during the time of eclipse and take rest as much as possible.
* Cover the windows with a thick curtain to avoid the rays of eclipse to enter.
* Taking bath after the eclipse is over.
However, there is no harm in following some of them as it will give a peace of mind to the family. Here are some general precautionary measures pregnant women can still practice for the safety of their own health and peace of mind of their family members:
-Staying indoors and getting plenty of rest
-Not using sharp objects or indulging in risky activities.
– Do pranayama, stay calm and happy as it is always good for you and your baby.
Eclipse is a natural phenomenon. According to some people neither solar eclipse nor lunar eclipse has any harmful effect on your pregnancy. It is one’s personal choice to follow the beliefs and customs related to eclipse. All you need to do is relax and wait for the phenomenon to pass.