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Natural History

Pliny the Elder79 AD

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2017-04-23

Pregnancy

'In addition to this, the mode of walking, and indeed everything that can be mentioned, is of consequence in the case of a woman who is pregnant. Thus, for instance, women who have used too much salted meat will bring forth children without nails: parturition, too, is more difficult, if they do not hold their breath. It is fatal, too, to yawn during labour; and abortion ensues, if the female should happen to sneeze just after the sexual congress.' - Pliney's Natural History, Book VII, Chapt 6

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Baby-killer.