In a first known case, researchers in Poland while examining an ancient Egyptian mummy discovered a well-preserved ancient mummy of a pregnant woman. It was earlier believed to be a male priest, but later turns out mummy of pregnant woman.
The Mummy was first brought to Warsaw in the year 1826 and it was in a coffin that had an inscription named a male priest. However, the previous examination hadn’t really contradicted the fact that this wasn’t a male. But when researchers first saw it, they noticed that the mummy had no penis and instead had breasts and really long hair. However, further analysis revealed that this woman was in fact a pregnant woman.
According to the analysis by the researchers, the woman would have been around 20 to 30 years old. Looking at the size of the child’s skull, researchers suggested that the lady would have been 26 to 28 weeks pregnant.
This study was a part of the Warsaw Mummy Project -- a study of mummies at the national museum in Warsaw. This case has opened up new possibilities of research related to pregnancy in ancient times as well as practices related to maternity.