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Is Solar Eclipse harmful during pregnancy?

Swati C Sharma
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Created by Swati C Sharma
Updated on Aug 20, 2017

Is Solar Eclipse harmful during pregnancy

Solar Eclipse has always triggered a kind of fear in the hearts of pregnant ladies. I too was not immune to the fear, for when it comes to our baby; we mommies will do anything to safeguard them. However, post my delivery, I wanted to know more about Surya Grahan and its effects on the pregnant ladies and unborn babies. But first let:s understand what solar eclipse is, before we learn about its so-called effects on you and your baby.

What Is A Solar Eclipse?

This year, the Solar Eclipse will be observed on August 21st. As per what science says, solar eclipse is said to happen when the moon comes in between the sun and the earth, making the earth go dark for a few moments. Now, science would explain the phenomenon as purely scientific and based on planetary orbiting, but the fact that earth loses out on the sun in the day has some astrological connotations to it as well. Celestial events are always huge milestones, but then, so is pregnancy, and when the two happen to occur together, there is bound to be something to take away.

Is Solar Eclipse Harmful During Pregnancy?

Though scientifically there is no evidence that a solar eclipse can affect a pregnancy or harm an unborn baby, yet there are religious and astrological beliefs that may inspire superstitious beliefs in us. Pregnancy is one of the most delicate and important times for a woman, and it is but natural to be extra careful and all the more sensitive to not just the medical aspects that concern a pregnancy, but also the traditional codes that are followed through the gestational period. And that is why, I feel it is worth discussing whether a solar eclipse is harmful during pregnancy or not.

Surya Grahan And It's Astrological Significance

Astrologically, a solar eclipse or a Surya Grahan, is said to occur when the mighty Sun is shadowed by Rahu or Ketu, both considered as rogue planets. I would just add here that Rahu is the north node of the moon, and Ketu is the south node, and so a large population is believed to get affected when these two planets block light of the Sun from reaching the Earth. Because both these astronomical bodies are believed to be very powerful, they are also believed to have malefic effects of people. And if you are pregnant at this time, you will be advised to be cautious to avert any adverse effects of the planetary positioning.

What Should You Do If You Are Pregnant During A Solar Eclipse?

Though a natural phenomenon, pregnant women who believe in astrology and the science of the Grehas are advised the following:

  1. Stay indoors: Pregnant women are advised to stay indoors as much as possible; as it is believed that stepping out could cause facial deformities or birth marks in the unborn baby. Cleft lips or unsightly birthmarks are believed to be caused if the mother steps out during a Solar eclipse
  2. Never look at the eclipse with naked eyes: Now this does have a scientific connection as well, and whether pregnant or not, you should never look at the eclipse with bare eyes. Infact,looking at the Sun directly with naked eyes could damage the retina
  3. Avoid using sharp objects: Pregnant women are advised not to use sharp objects like pins and needles and knives as using them is believed to cause birth defects in the baby
  4. No sleeping: During the eclipse time, pregnant women should avoid sleeping. If possible, they should sit on some darbha grass spread on the floor
  5. Bath twice: If you are pregnant at the time of the solar eclipse, it is advised to take a bath before and after the eclipse. A head bath should be taken after the eclipse gets over to nullify all the ill-effects of the Surya Grahan
  6. Chant Mantras: To safeguard yourself and the baby from the malefic effects of the solar eclipse, chant Santana Gopala Mantra or MahaMrutyunjaya Mantra during the eclipse period. Vishnu Mantras and Surya Mantras are known to have beneficial effects
  7. Suspend regular routines: During the period of the eclipse, cooking, eating, bathing, drinking water etc. are prohibited till the eclipse is over. All utensils should be cleaned after the eclipse to cook
  8. Block the Sun: To keep yourself away from the eclipse, block the sun's rays from entering your house by drawing thick curtains or covering the windows with newspaper

Remember, the above restrictions stem out of the astrological and traditional beliefs and there is no harm following the customs. If observing a few do's and don'ts happens to give you and your family peace of mind, it is probably worth doing it.

What If I Cannot Stay Indoors During The Surya Grahan?

If there are circumstances that make you step out, do not panic. Rest assured there is no scientific evidence to suggest that a solar eclipse can be particularly harmful for you or your unborn baby. Try not to go too long without food and drink because that could cause symptoms like dizziness, headaches, nausea and even fainting. Dehydration can be a major concern during pregnancy. At the hint of any discomfort, reach out to your doctor

Be reasonable while following your religious beliefs, making informed choices that are good for you, the baby and your family.

Did you like the blog by Swati? Do share your views and feedback in the comments section below.

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| Aug 22, 2017

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| Aug 21, 2017

yes I agree with blog

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| Aug 21, 2017

solar exclipse is not in India firstly... so nothin to worry

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| Aug 21, 2017

Hi Swati, thanks for stating in the end that it should be our choice and not just follow the superstitious believe mindlessly.

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| Aug 21, 2017

Yes I agree. If it gives peace of mind to us and our family members then there is no harm following it. But one should not be superstitious or firm.

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| Aug 20, 2017

In India, solar eclipse will not be observed... so no precautions is required to be followed by pregnant ladies... as per Pandititji and panchang.

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| Aug 20, 2017

Is the solar eclipse visible in India?

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| Aug 20, 2017

this blog post gives me reason to leave this unchecked superstitious community.

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