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THE LADIES' BOOK OF USEFUL INFORMATION. Preface
CONTENTS
PERSONAL BEAUTY-1
PERSONAL BEAUTY-2
PERSONAL BEAUTY-3
PERSONAL BEAUTY-4
PERSONAL BEAUTY-5
PERSONAL BEAUTY-6
PERSONAL BEAUTY-7
TREATING OF MISCELLANEOUS MATTERS-1
MARRIAGE-1
MARRIAGE-2
MARRIAGE-3
LOVE AND MARRIAGE-1
WHEN TO MARRY-HOW TO SELECT A PARTNER ON RIGHT PRINCIPLES
SEXUAL INTERCOURSE-ITS LAWS AND CONDITIONS-ITS USE AND ABUSE
MARRIAGE
PREGNANCY-LABOR-PARTURITION-1
PREGNANCY-LABOR-PARTURITION-2
MENSTRUATION
COLLECTION OF VALUABLE MEDICAL COMPOUNDS
THINGS FOR THE SICK ROOM
THINGS CURIOUS AND USEFUL
HOME DECORATION
FLORAL
HOW TO DO YOUR OWN STAMPING AND MAKE YOUR OWN PATTERNS. BRONZE WORK
CHAPTER 18
INDEX
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES. INTRODUCTION
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-1
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-2
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-3
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-4
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-5
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-6
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-7
HARRIS's LIST OF COVENT-GARDEN LADIES-8

it. This drives forward the membranes which retain the water at the 

orifice, and at the proper moment they break and labor then commences. 

 

Labor is caused by involuntary contractions of the uterus and 

abdominal muscles. By their force the liquor amnii flows out, the head 

of the foetus is engaged in the pelvis, it goes through it, and soon 

passes out by the valve, the folds of which disappear. These different 

phenomena take place in succession and continue a certain time. They 

are accompanied with pains more or less severe, with swelling and 

softening of the soft parts of the pelvis and external genital parts, 

and with an abundant mucous secretion in the cavity of the vagina. All 

these circumstances, each in its own way, favor the passage of the 

foetus. 

 

It is proper here to remark that parturition is not necessarily either 

painful or dangerous. It is well known that women in an uncivilized 

state suffer very little pain or disablement in bringing forth 

children. Generally neither pregnancy nor labor interrupt the ordinary 

avocation of the mother, except for an hour or two at the birth 

itself. The suffering and debilitating influences that often attend 

childbirth now are caused by our unnatural modes of living and 

nonattention to the laws of health. Numerous well-authenticated 

instances are known where women who had previously suffered with 

severe labor in childbirth have, by attention to health and diet as 

here shown, been delivered of fine healthy children with comparative 

ease. 

 

From the 

 

 

BEGINNING OF PREGNANCY 

 

more than ordinary care should be used in taking regular exercise in 

the open air, being careful to avoid fatigue and overexertion. During 

the whole period of pregnancy every kind of agitating exercise, such 

as running, jumping, jolting in a carriage, and plunging in cold 

water, should be carefully avoided, as well as the passions being kept 

under perfect control. 

 

 

THE DIET 

 

must chiefly consist of fruits and farinaceous food, as sago, tapioca, 

rice, etc. In proportion as a woman subsists upon aliment which is 

free from earthy and bony matter will she avoid pain and danger in 

delivery; hence, the more ripe fruit, acid fruit in particular, and 

the less of other kinds of food, but particularly of bread or pastry 

of any kind, is consumed, the less will be the danger and sufferings 

of childbirth. Nearly all kinds of fruit possess two hundred times 

less ossifying principle than bread or anything else made of wheaten 

flour. 

 

Honey, molasses, sugar, butter, oil, vinegar, etc., when 

unadulterated, are entirely free from earthy matter. Common salt, 

pepper, coffee, cocoa, spices, and many drugs are much worse than 

wheaten flour in their hardening and bone-forming tendency, and should 

therefore be avoided. The drink should be tea or lemonade made with 


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