Newborn Babies, Pregnancy, and China

Every since my wife found out that she was pregnant, we started to learn about how a Chinese person experiences pregnancy. As my teacher and others explained to me that in China once the baby is born the mother should:

  • Not go outside for a month.
  • Not shower for a month.
  • Not do laundry for a month.
  • Not eat /drink anything cold.
  • Drink lots of soup and dumpling broth.

Usually, as I am told, the mother or mother-in-law comes to live with them to take care of the baby or a maid is hired for that month so the mother can simply rest.

Also, the baby, once born, isn’t allowed to go outside for a month. We have confirmed this one since we have taken the baby outside ever since my wife was released from the hospital. Our little baby has been everywhere: grocery stores, restaurants, movies, taxis, churches, and malls. Since we have taken her with us to all these places, we usually overhear people playing the guessing game “how old do you think she is?” from just about everyone. People would guess anywhere from one month to six months (never younger) even though she was only a few days to three weeks old at the time.

Some people would ask her age directly and when I told them they would gasp and say “In China a baby can’t go outside for at least one month.” It really has been amazing how many people have said that exact thing.

Lastly, another interesting thing you see is pregnant people wearing overhauls. From what I am told these overhauls have special lining that serve as “radiation protection” from cell phones, computers, etc. that is in the air.

Question: For those living in China, what else have you learned about “Newborn Babies, Pregnancy, and China” that may differ from what we are used to?

1 thought on “Newborn Babies, Pregnancy, and China

  1. Joseph

    Yuezi is still pretty common although some extremes like using hot towels to avoid bathing or using dry shampoo to avoid having wet hair seem to be observed by only the hard core traditionalists (or in areas where public baths are the only option in this regard). You’ll also hear encouragement to sleep when the baby sleeps, eat 4-5 meals a day, as well as to avoid exercise, long telephone conversations, and eyestrain (TV, books, computers).

    A lot of Chinese are concerned about microwaves and radio waves affecting their pregnancy. In some areas, it’s becoming popular to wear lead-lined maternity clothing.


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