When I think of pregnant women and watermelon, I tend to make two personal connections. A) I crave fresh juicy fruits when I’m expecting. B) I look and feel like I’m carrying one under my shirt.
What I didn’t know about pregnancy and watermelons: apparently they are not supposed to go together. At least according to my mother-in-law, err, Chinese culture.
I haven’t really gotten a clear explanation, but I did piece together something about, “Too refreshing for you,” and “Baby will slide right out.” Some of my sisters and cousins-in-law mentioned the same thing. Supposedly I shouldn’t wash my hair for a month following the baby’s birth, either.
While I am unbelievably grateful for the support of my in-laws and the injection of culture they give to my previously bleached white life, you can go ahead and count on me living on the edge, slippery babies and all.