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Medieval Maternity Wear
Clothes for Pregnancy & Breastfeeding
seems that expectant medieval women favoured loose clothing much like
modern pregnant women- loose and comfortable. It is a subject not written
about greatly, so in this area, we are left to examine period artwork
for our information.
of the most commonly depicted pregnancy scenes in medieval art is that
of Mary and Elizabeth, both of whom are heavily with child. The paintings
usually show the two women with a hand resting on the other woman's
stomach. Even in late iconography, both women appear to wear a surcote
which is large and gathers onto a neckband. This style can be seen in
the early medieval period as an everyday dress before the fitted kirtle
Clothes for breastfeeding
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