Korean Pregnancy &
information in this website was collected from 3 different interviews
women currently living in Hawaii.
Contents should not be used in
place of professional health care.
pregnancy with a “Tae Mong”, a dream about the conception of the
Some believe that if the woman dreams of flowers while she’s pregnant,
have a boy. If she dreams of fruits while she’s pregnant, she’ll
girl. The woman focuses on “Tae Kyo” during pregnancy which
directs her to avoid
unpleasant thoughts. This practice is believed to be the
education of the
fetus and during this time the woman focuses on art and beautiful
objects. During pregnancy women are taught to avoid certain foods
smoking. Eating seaweed soup (sanmo-miyuk) is emphasized
iron content and to “clean the blood”. Traditionally, the sex of
the baby is a surprise
mother-in-laws and other females in the family and village aid
during labor and
delivery. Introversion is common during pregnancy and
silent during labor is the cultural norm. Pain
not used; however, biting on a rag can be used as a method of
control. Women usually give birth in the supine position much like
tradition. Fathers are not usually present during
delivery. However, mothers-in-law are involved in the entire
After giving birth in Korea, charcoal is hung on a string in
front of the house
if a girl was born and chili pepper if it was a boy. Visitors
know not to
come by for at least 3 weeks. Balls of silk thread (blues for
pink for girls) are given to wish a long life for the baby.
giving birth to a son was preferred to ensure the continuation of the
line. The eldest son inherits the family leadership and wealth;
has the responsibility of caring for the parents.
are usually breastfed. It is thought that massaging babies’ legs
make them grow. Korean moms carry their babies around in back
and many sleep with their children. Babies are bundled warmly for
first few weeks after birth. Mothers-in-law play a huge role in
childbirth experience by making decisions regarding diet, care of the
and Mom’s postpartum needs. It is customary to wear warm clothing
only take partial baths. Only hot foods (such as seaweed soup)
are to be
eaten because the mother’s body is now considered to be cold.
also advised not to eat hard or “broken” foods. New moms are not
outside and are excused from any work as “the body is made whole again”.