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Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Royal Pregnancies

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17. The Gender Of A Child Could Be Influenced
In the Medieval and Tudor times, many people believed that the mother could influence the sex of her child, and that the sex wasn't determined until the very end. Because of this, there were rituals created in order to influence the gender to be a boy. 

It was a popular belief that a mother's imagination could sway the sex of her baby, so pregnant queens were ordered to think of little sons rather than daughters. They were also exposed to mostly male-dominated images, with male-centered tapestries and paintings hung in their rooms. Some even believed that the sex could be chosen by the types of foods they ate or medicine they took. This unfairly put the burden of the sex on the mother, causing her trouble if a male heir couldn't be produced.