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When Grace Chew, 29, was pregnant with her daughter, she made it a point to avoid sewing on the bed and got her mother to fix the hole in her shirt, instead.


She explains, “I had a relative who cut and sew on her bed, even though her mother-in-law told her not to. In the end, she gave birth to a baby boy with a cleft lip.”


According to Chew, the same relative again defied her in-laws for her next pregnancy — her second child was also born with a cleft lip. She adds, “During her third pregnancy, she didn’t cut or sew on the bed and the baby came out normal.”


You’ve probably come by various superstitions concerning pregnancy dos and don’ts. While these might be more myth than fact, you, like Chew, might want to err on the side of caution. We’ve rounded up popular pregnancy beliefs: Observe these ― or take with a pinch of salt not ― at your own discretion.


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