Pregnancy is seldom mentioned when both men and women are present. ... If no women are about, a hillman may remark to a comparative stranger that his wife is ketched, or ... too big for her clothes, or comin' fresh ... or with squirrel. ... When a man's wife was about to be delivered of a child, a friend said to the husband, "Well, Tom, it looks like your bees are a-swarmin'."--Vance Randolph's Down in the Holler: A Gallery of Ozark Folk Speech, 1953
Feast Eve of St. Raymond,
a patron of pregnant and delivering women, midwives, and obstetricians. Eleanor Hull's Folklore of the British Isles (1928) explained why women were often anxious to return to church after a pregnancy: "Perils to soul and body accumulate about the great moments of birth, marriage and death. A woman after childbirth is the most dangerous thing on earth; demons are round about her, and if she goes to a river to wash, the fish will all go away. ... Until she is churched after the child's birth, and, in the infant's case, until it is baptized, both are specially open to fairy influences."
Wow, bubonic plague sucks -- but at least it's not a woman after childbirth. ¬.¬
I wonder about people sometimes, I really do.