Last night, my dad and his sister came over for dinner (she's in the US visiting for a few months, between my brother graduating from high school and us having a baby), and she offered up the same advice about cold fluids, plus some other ones, such as:
- Avoiding washing my hair if I can, or if I need to, making sure that I blow dry it right away.
- Drinking hot soups as much as possible, such as chicken soup.
The hot soup thing sounds pretty reasonable, but the cold fluids and not washing hair - really?!
Apparently, if the traditions aren't followed, it could result in bad health for the mother later in life. I realize the intent of the traditions are good, but I still think it is crazy.
In any case, I did a quick search online for what kind of information is out there and found the following article, which is at least an interesting read on cultural differences: