Pregnancy in Serukis
This article is specifically about pregnancy in Seruic people. For information on the Koushan Mai or dragons, please see Pregnancy in the Koushan Mai or Reproduction in Dragons.
Life is growing inside you. Nuture it like Lord Faolan nutures each growing seed and your child shall blossom.Pregnancy refers to the time where one or more offspring are developing inside the womb of an adult human female. If there are no complications, pregnancy can last up to forty weeks and results in the birth of a child.
Symptoms of Pregnancy
Early Signs and DiscoveryMost pregnancies are suspected within the first few months, after an interruption or change in a woman's monthly cycle. Other early symptoms include tender or swollen breasts, unexplained nausea and vomiting, and more frequent urination. Pregnancy is not usually confirmed until the belly begins to swell or until a woman feels the first flutterings of movement inside her womb. Some Seruic scholars have theorised that a woman's urine could indicate whether or not she is pregnant earlier than this, but no reliable method has yet been found.
Later SymptomsThe most obvious symptom of later pregnancy is the growing belly. Other symptoms include back pain, difficulty sleeping, swollen feet and ankles, and generalised itching.
Pregnancy in Society
Early PregnancyDuring early pregnancy, it is thought of as taboo to talk about the future of the pregnancy outside the family. It is thought that doing so increases the risk of something going wrong. After a woman feels the baby move for the first time, it is traditional that she makes an offering to each of the Five Lords for the continued health of her and her baby. In larger towns and cities, women will travel to each of the different temples or one of the few temples in Serukis that is dedicated to all five Lords. In smaller towns or villages, women will either make her offerings at her closest temple or at an altar set up in her home for the occasion.
She has to keep working, poor love. Can't be good for baby.During late pregnancy - that is, the last three months - it is generally considered safer for the woman not to leave the home unless necessary. For nobility, this often means the woman is confined to her bedchamber. Whilst there, she will be brought meals and generally be taken care of until the baby is born. For anyone not nobility, it is often not practical for a woman to stay at home. For those not of nobility but comfortable in their finances, isolation generally begins in the last month of the pregnancy, as errands still need to be run and most do not want to impose on their neighbours for more than a month. For poorer women, isolation is rarely achieved at all, with some women working until the final days of their pregnancy.