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Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Royal Pregnancies

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14. Labor Was Numbed With "Twilight Sleep"

Beginning in the 1840s, royals requested to be put under something called “twilight sleep” during labor in order to lessen the pain of a natural birth. The woman would be medicated with a mix of morphine and scopolamine, which would put her in a place that was between "conscious" and "unconscious." Both Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth used this technique.