Just a random thread. We have quite a few traditions here that most will find strange I thought it would be interesting to see if other countries or religions have any unusual traditions regarding pregnancy or birth Some of ours are: After you give birth, both you and the baby need to stay in the house for 40 days. At 40 days you go to the church with the baby and are blessed by a priest, after that you're free to take baby out. (This stemmed from a lot of women working in fields and farms in the old days, it gave them a chance to rest, but kind of stuck as a tradition.) Once the baby is born, you're not supposed to hang any washing that belongs to you or the baby outside during the night, or else evil spirits will come for you or your baby (kinda creepy lol) During pregnancy you're not supposed to lift your arms over your head because it will cause the baby to get tangled in the cord. While you're pregnant, if you crave for something you need to eat it, otherwise the baby will have big birthmarks. You're not allowed to cut the baby's hair until you have him/her baptized...the priest cuts a piece of their hair off as a part of the ceremony and needs to be the first to do so. Obviously a lot of women don't follow most of these any more (other than the staying at home for forty days, and not cutting baby's hair) and it freaks a lot of the older people out What are some old traditions or old wives tales that you've heard?