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Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Pinoy's Pamahiin sa Pagbunbuntis (Filipino Beliefs in Pregnancy)
In the Philippines, we call superstitions, "paniniwala" or "pamahiin." Majority of
these are handed down from the elderlies. I remember asking my mom where did
all these came about and she told me that back in the ancient time, people really do
not have alot of things to do and do not have all the scientific information that we
know now, so they came up with beliefs of what they see around them. I am not
superstitious at all but being a Filipino myself, I tend to follow some of the beliefs
about pregnancy probably just because I grew up hearing them. Majority of these
are just too funny and does not make sense. I decided to compile them and will
continue compiling the beliefs from the US too haha. I mean it does not hurt any to
follow some of them, doesn't it?

*Kapat tulis ang tiyan ng buntis, ito daw ay may lalaking sanggol. Pag bilugan, ito
daw ay babae. (If a pregnant woman's abdomen is pointed, her baby will be a boy;
if it is round, it will be a girl. Then why is mine big and round and I am having a
boy??)

*Pag ang buntis ay kumain ng kambal na saging, kambal daw ang magiging anak. (If
she ate two bananas which are conjoined to each other, like twins, there will be
twins in her womb.)

*Bawal daw magpagupit ng buhok ang buntis para di maging kalbo ang bata.
(Pregnant women should not cut their hair so the baby will have hair.)

*Pag buntis, huwag umupo ng nakabukaka para hindi mahirap ang panganganak.
(When pregnant, do not sit with your legs far apart, it prolongs labor.)

I thought garlic is to scare of vampires?) * Ayon sa mga matatanda.) * ang mga babies. (To avoid hexes. after manganak eh bawal maligo ng isang linggo kasi baka mabinat.* ang mga buntis daw. (If a kid has a hiccup. doh?) * para sa mga buntis o bagong panganak. NO WAY!) *Para lumakas ang gatas ng nanay. mag lagay ng isang buong bawang sa may bintana para iwas malas at bati. (For pregnant women or those who just gave birth. the belly button should always be bandaged even though it has healed. (According to the elderlies. place a clove of garlic by the window to avoid bad luck. sabaw ng halaan or tahong. lagyan ng kapirasong sinulid sa may noo ng bata para mawala. (Have plenty soups such as tinola to increase milk supply. dapat daw lagyan ng parang ointment na pang-alis kabag. (There is a special oil or ointment concocted by elderlies that you have to put on a baby's tummy to relieve constipation. (Pregnant women are not supposed to take a bath for a week after giving birth. babies grow healthier if given a bath under the rain at the month of March. tapos ang pusod dapat laging naka bigkis kahit nalaglag na yung extra umbilical cord. kapag ang isang sanggol ay pinaliguan ng unang tubigulan sa buwan ng Mayo. Also. Does not make sense eh?) * para iwas usog daw. "Agua de Mayo"ang tawag sa unang ulan sa buwang ito. lagyan ng lipstick o papahiran ng laway ang bata. ito ay mas lalaking malusog. It is called "Agua de Mayo. Now isn't that disgusting?) * pag may sinok ang bata.") . kumain ng mga pagkain tulad ng tinola. put a red dot using lipstick or put saliva on the baby's forehead OR belly button. put a small piece of thread on the kid's or baby's forehead for the hiccups to go away.

(You shoud not criticize or even look at an ugly person while pregnant. so the child will become intelligent. Your baby might look like that ugly person.) * Gumamit ng libro para sa unang unan ng bata para lumaking matalino. ) * Sa unang kaarawan ng bata. (Also on . (On the child's first birthday. Ang ginupit na buhok ay inilalagay din sa isang libro para lumaking matalino ang bata. The child will become friendly and sociable.*Bawal mamintas kapag buntis.) * Sa unang kaarawan ng bata. Whatever he will like to play with will be his life's passion. Bawal din tumingin sa pangit pag buntis. Baka maging kamukha ng anak mo ang pinipintasan mo. gather things around him. (Use a book as the baby's first pillow. Ang bata daw ay lalaking magiliw at magaling makisama. (The umbilical cords of siblings may be tied together and hung by the window so that they will remain close to one another) * Sa binyag ng bata. ang unang gugupit ng kanyang buhok ay ang isang tao na gusto ng magulang na tularan ng bata kapag siya ay lumaki. (When the child is able to eat solid food.) * Dapat daw isabit sa may bintana ang pinutol na pusod ng magkakapatid para sila ay maging malapit sa isa't-isa. let it munch on cooked chicken's behind so it will be able to master the art of speech faster.) * Bawal magbiyahe or lumabas ng bahay ang bata kung hindi pa nabibinyagan. palaruin ang lahat ng kanyang laruan at kung ano ang kanyang lalaruin. (The child cannot move house or travel long distances if he's not yet baptized.) * Pakainin ng pwet ng manok ang bata para mabilis makapagsalita. idisplay ang sinuot na pambinyag kung saan makikita ng mga imbitado. Place it where guests will see it. yun ang magiging propresyon at kagustuhan niya sa buhay. (Display the christening gown of the child during the reception after baptism.

I carried Dani so low. (Not in my case. it will shorten their life) 2)If you have heartburn.. (ie. your baby will have hair (which. .. (When a child sucks his toes. it's a boy. (Cut the child's eyelashes to make it grow long. Usually this bit of hair is also inserteed in a book to make the child intelligent. ask somebody who you would like their traits to be imitated by your child to be the first one to cut his hair. he's asking for a sibling.) * Kailangan daw gupitin ang pilik mata ng sanggol para humaba ito. (Say the words. 1) Don't cut baby's hair until they are one.) * Ang batang sumusupsop ng kanyang daliri sa paa ay nangangahulugan daw na gusto na niya ng kapatid. 2011 at 8:18 PM Let me give you some that I picked up on from the US (mainly our family).) *Sabi ng matatanda dapat daw magsabi ng "Pwera Usog" pag binabati ang sanggol para maiwasan ang kabag at sakit ng tiyan. has sorta been scientifically proven) 3)If you carry high.well I'll spare you the details on a public forum). it's bad luck. "Pwera Usog" whenever you greet an infant to avoid giving the baby tummy aches) at 3/15/2011 12:40:00 PM Share 2 comments: The Leslie FamilyMarch 15.their first birthday. it's a girl and if you carry low. funny enough.

"You can do it!!" Though you can buy. Pretty neat! Reply Chrissie HerronMarch 18.4) Put a knife under the bead while the woman is in labor to help "cut" the pain. #4 sounds odd haha. But I'm sure you can ask around and come up with plenty.. In Japan. though. "childbirth safety" charms from the Buddhist shrines. the insisted I drink alcohol(I didn't) because it was "GOOD FOR THE BABY'S HEART!" (Don't know if that is normal in Italy or just normal for the Italians I knew).. I am all for it haha Reply Add comment ‹ › Home View web version Powered by Blogger.I can't think of any more. "Gambare!" Which basically means. In Italy. Hmmmmm. when I was in Labor. If medicine can prove that champagne can be good for baby's development.. . all the other Mommies would rub my belly and say. 2011 at 10:30 PM Hey Kelly! We have the same belief as #1 and #3.