Magahat Pregnancy and Births Practices

Oracion, Timoteo S.
October 1965
Philippine Sociological Review;Oct65, Vol. 13 Issue 4, p268
Academic Journal
This article focuses on Magahat Marriage Practices in the Philippines. Pregnancy necessitates definite adjustments for the husband and wife. Most Magahats when planning to start a family feel an increased sense of duty and obligation. at immediately after marriage. A young married couple becomes immediately engrossed in matters pertaining to pregnancy even if they are not economically able to offer a reasonable degree of security toward the proper care of the mother and infant. The Magahat couple feels that after marriage, pregnancy is a normal condition. A woman who does not become pregnant some months after marriage is considered lacking in her potentiality as a woman. When the woman has not yet experienced childbirth and is unfamiliar with its natural processes, she will naturally have feelings of fear and anxiety. Physical discomforts experienced by her during pregnancy entail many precautionary measures that she has to observe. When the signs of pregnancy are positive, taboos are observed. A pregnant Woman should not see the eclipse of the moon. If she does, the child may be aborted, or if born, may become blind.


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