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The solar eclipse on 6 January 2019 will be the first eclipse of the year, and one of the five such celestial events to be witnessed throughout the year. While the eclipse will start at 4.08 am on 6 January, it will end at 9.18 am on the same day. The solar eclipse on 26 December 2019 will be the last eclipse of the year.
The eclipse is considered unsuitable for performing auspicious things; these should be avoided from the Sutak Kal itself. The Sutak Kal refers to the time that starts nine hours before a lunar eclipse or twenty-four hours before the solar eclipse, and is considered highly inauspicious for certain things. Special care has to be taken by pregnant women and a few points to be kept in mind are as below.
Solar Eclipse: Things That Pregnant Women Must Keep In Mind
•Do Not Go Out During The Eclipse
Pregnant women must not go out during the eclipse. This is believed to affect the foetus directly, because of which the baby is born with red marks on his/her body and the marks are said to be permanent.
•Avoid Using Sharp-edged Objects During The Eclipse
Pregnant women must avoid using sharp-edged objects such as knife, needle and scissors. In fact, scriptures say that not just pregnant women, but her husband too must keep away from using these items. Using these items during an eclipse can affect the body parts of the baby.
•Do Not Consume Food During The Eclipse
The food cooked during the eclipse must not be consumed by pregnant women. This is because the harmful rays of the eclipse pollute the food, which again can impact the health of the child negatively. If under any case she has to eat food during the Sutak Kal, it should be consumed only after adding tulsi leaves into it. These can be removed after the eclipse ends. Doing this keeps the food safe to consume even after the eclipse.
• Take Bath After The Eclipse
It is believed that pregnant women must take bath as soon as the eclipse ends, otherwise the baby might suffer from skin-related diseases.
• Avoid Sleeping During The Eclipse
Pregnant women must not sleep during the eclipse, which again might lead to serious problems for the child. It is believed that negative energy can affect faster while one is asleep.