Beliefs on Pregnancy

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This paper is about the effect of superstitious beliefs and practices in the Philippines on pregnancy. It explores the role of nurses in caring for culturally diverse Filipino patients and families in a safe and effective way. The paper provides a historical background, topic facts, impact of the superstitious beliefs on pregnancy, nursing responsibilities, interventions, teachings and cultural impact on pregnancy.

The Philippines is a country of many superstitions and beliefs. These practices are handed down from their ancient forefathers. Filipino beliefs and practices have grown in number throughout the various regions and provinces in the country. Superstitious beliefs or practices are considered to be irrational beliefs about an object or action that can influence the consequences of an event (Francia, 2010). There is a great number of folk beliefs Filipinos carry starting from birth, childhood, adolescence, wedding and even death. These beliefs tend to talk about life, family, luck, wealth, and one of the most talked about is the reproductive health of a woman during and after pregnancy.

Topic Facts Filipinos have been famous for their superstitious beliefs and practices. These practices may be based on religious beliefs, opinions and real life experiences. According to some Filipino beliefs, cravings for food during pregnancy should be satisfied. Some pregnant women may avoid eating black foods to avoid the birth of an infant with dark skin tone. Unpleasant emotions experienced by pregnant women may be blamed for causing birthmarks. Traditional customs in the Philippines dictate that women should not bathe for about ten days after giving birth (Franchino, 2011). Bathing during these times is seen as a cause of ill health and rheumatism in old age. Sponge baths and steam baths could be used as alternatives. Filipina women may...
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