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High-class women from Tudor time isolated themselves in the dark for a period of time before they give birth. They called this period “Lying in”. No men were allowed in their rooms. They believed being exposed to light could harm the eyes of the mother.
Before this, the Church held a grand service to ask God for blessings before the child’s birth. After this, the Tudor women returned to their private chambers, away from the public eye.
However, the women of the lower classes didn’t have this privilege. They would work right till they reached the time of labor.
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