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Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Royal Pregnancies

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21. Queens Had To Have "Cleansing Stages"
During the 15th and 16th centuries, queens who had recently given birth had to go through "cleansing" periods after labor. It was generally believed that women were "unclean" after giving birth, and they needed to be cleansed before rejoining court. This included a rest period that lasted between four to six weeks.

While this was most popular during the medieval and Tudor periods, the cleansing period was also practiced in the 19th-century. Queen Victoria went through a month long "cleansing period" four times, but that was more a matter of tradition than actual superstition.