Is The Solar Eclipse Harmful During Pregnancy? Experts Weigh In

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Few things strike awe in human beings like a good eclipse. Most spend their daily lives feeling pretty disconnected from the universe they live in, but when eclipse time rolls around, everyone excitedly perks up and pays attention. But given the fact that a woman’s menstrual cycle is lunar, combined with pregnancy myths about everything under the sun (no pun intended), some women feel concerned. Is the solar eclipse harmful during pregnancy?

According to NASA, a solar eclipse “is an eclipse in which the moon passes between the sun and Earth and blocks all or part of the sun for up to about three hours, from beginning to end, as viewed from a given location.”

In Eastern cultures, the activity of the moon is taken seriously in consideration of the health and behavior of people, and especially pregnant women. Dr. Sujata Mittal, a practicing OB-GYN in India, tells Romper, “Everything in the cosmos has some effect on human beings. Rays emitted at the time of a solar eclipse have negative energy and hence a negative effect on a fetus, as…

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