20 Beautiful Baby Traditions From Around The World

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Comforting Waters

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In some Jewish communities, mothers are encouraged to visit the mikveh when they reach the nine month mark of their pregnancies. The mikveh is a ritual bath, a way to cleanse both the body and the spirit. One poster over at BabyCenter said of her experience, “I went to the mikveh in the start of my ninth month of pregnancy with my daughter. It was a great, introspective, quiet, emotional moment for me. I want to do it again this time.” There’re other traditions around this maternal soak as well. The attendant of the mikveh will often schedule a woman who is trying but struggling to conceive to use the mikveh directly following a heavily pregnant woman. It is believed to help bless the hopeful woman with a pregnancy.

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