Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Royal Pregnancies
26. 'Birth Trays' Were Popular 'Push Presents'
"Push presents" aren't a new concept, especially not in the monarchy. New royal moms are showered with everything from jewelry to land to titles, but between the 14th and 17th century, "birth trays" were especially popular. The trays were intricate and beautifully painted, often depicting kings, military victories, biblical scenes, or coats of arms. The trays were then laden with presents, which included food and expensive jars and pots.