Stress and Birth and Traditional Henna

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Posted by Lauren on April 24, 2002 at 14:09:58:

I hennaed myself a couple weeks ago in preparation for my baby's
birth and had the worst color and penetration I've ever seen.
Maghriba henna usually goes burgundy-black on my palm and this was a
weak cinnamon. It didn't even show up on the back of my hand. I
went over the design with a terped mix and it showed up but like a
week-old mix, not fresh. Ick. I'm thinking stress is probably a
Then I thought about traditionally hennaing a pregnant woman. I'm
stressed out enough right now without thinking that I'm being hennaed
because I may very well die. How must the henna take in those
circumstances? Also, with no really good way to predict what a
woman's actual dates are, what signs do they look for to start
hennaing her? If the object is not just protective but to make her
pretty for the angels, do they keep going over the design as she goes
more weeks with no birth? Are there specific designs meant to invoke
certain saints' or spirits' attention, or to make a birth happen
sooner or later?
Anything to make it happen sooner is especially appreciated right
now. My due date was yesterday and I haven't slept in two weeks or
so and I'm exhausted.


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