Friday, March 12, 2010

Birthmarks: Types, Locations, and Folklores

Capillary haemangioma or strawberry birthmark....Image via Wikipedia
Were you born with a birthmark? Does it have a prominent shape? Is it an embarrassment? Is it attached to an explanation or omen? My mother had a most unique birthmark: two dolphins on her stomach. She always said her mother had a fascination with dolphins.
Let’s begin with the folklore/superstitions surrounding birthmarks. Here’s a brief sampling:
Your mother had an x-ray while she was pregnant.
A mouse touched your mother when she was pregnant.
A pregnant woman craving a food she didn’t get, so her unborn baby developed a PWS, often in the shape of the food she craved.
Your mother liked jam sandwiches when she was pregnant!
Your mother was wishing for wine when she was pregnant. She wished so hard you were born with port wine spilled on your face.
Your mom spilled wine on herself when she was 6 – 9 months pregnant.
Your mom smoked when she was pregnant and held the smoke in too long.
Read the rest here.

  • Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM)
  • CafĂ© au lait Spot
  • Cavernous Hemangioma
  • Congenital Pigmented Nevi
  • Hemangioma
  • Lymphatic Malformation
  • Mongolian Spot
  • Port Wine Stain or Nevus Flammeus
  • Salmon Patch or Nevus Simplex
  • Strawberry Hemangioma
  • Venous Malformation
  • Venous Stain
Read the descriptions of each type here. 

Meaning of different birthmark locations:
Abdomen – The person is greedy and selfish
Ankle – For a man it represents refinement. For a woman, it stands for energy and independence.
Arm – If it is on the right arm, it means success. It represents financial problems if it is on left arm.
Back – An honest person with an open mind with some arrogance and sensuality.
Breast – Birthmark on the left side of the breast stands for success, on the right side of the breast extremes of fortune and at the center of the breast the person will not enjoy luxury.
Cheek – A birthmark on the right cheek predicts a happy marriage. If it is closer to the mouth, then the person will have great wealth and happiness. If it is on the left cheek, the person will get into financial difficulties.
Chin – A birthmark on the chin, the person will be successful.
Foot – A birthmark on the right foot represents love for traveling and a person with birthmark on the left foot is an intellectual.
Forehead – If the birthmark is on the right side, then the person has great mental power and if it is on the left side, the person likes to spend a lot of money. If the birthmark is right in the middle of the forehead, the person is attractive to the opposite sex and has many love affairs.

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