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  • n  a custom among some peoples whereby the husband of a pregnant wife is put to bed at the time of bearing the child

  • Men, of course, cannot bear babies despite the romantic notions called couvade, whereby the father writhes in bed when the mother goes through labor.
  • A common ceremony is the "couvade": the pregnant woman ignores her condition as best she can, while the husband secludes himself, sticks to a careful diet.

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