My doctor’s just confirmed I’m pregnant with my first child. You’ve had five. Any pregnancy tips for a slightly apprehensive mother-to-be?
Jenny: Okay, keep in mind I’m traditional Chinese – I’m not white, hello – so this will be traditional Chinese advice. We believe you can’t eat watermelon when pregnant, because you might have a miscarriage. Or pineapple. My mother believed the same thing. It’s leung: bad for your chi; bad for your energy. Alcohol is of course at the top of the list. No alcohol. No raw eggs, and no anything raw, like sushi. Drink lots of soup. Hong Kong herbalists will give you all this soup to make sure you don’t have a miscarriage – ohn teau tong – which translates to “comfort foetus soup”! It’s not a foetus in the soup; don’t be stupid.
Also, in China, mother-in-laws will lock up the pregnant woman up in the house if they’re pregnant. It’s crazy. There was an ABC documentary on China about a confinement hospital. So interesting. Also, when you’re pregnant, some people – like my ex-husband – think you can’t watch the circus! Hilarious. Otherwise, the baby will have a monkey or elephant face. It’s crazy. You’re already stressed enough when you’re pregnant, but I didn’t want to argue with my ex-husband, so it was like, whatever. Finally, you can’t travel... from the day you know you’ve conceived.
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