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Confinement practices around the world

All new mothers look forward to a period of recuperation after a long pregnancy and strenuous labor and delivery. The confinement period is vital for a new mum to restore her strength, so she can focus on caring for her newborn. There are many different confinement practices around the world.

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Many cultures around the world have traditional confinement periods, during which the new mum practices certain customs that are believed to be auspicious during her postpartum recovery. Check out these traditional confinement practices around the world.

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Guatemala

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The name of the long confinement period in Guatemala is called la cuarentena (quarantine). Women in this Central American country are said to stay at home for nine months after giving birth because of a fear of exposure to illness, evil spirits or even the ill-tidings of their neighbours.

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