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water, soft and clear, and, when practicable, distilled.
No mother who has adopted this mode of living but has blessed the
knowledge of it, and it has saved many a young mother from needless
In the third month of pregnancy, but not before, the belly begins to
enlarge or swell, and gradually increases in size till the full term
of pregnancy is completed. Between the sixteenth and twentieth week
the womb rises up into the belly, and the motion of the child is felt,
which is called
The first time a woman is with child this sensation of quickening is
like that of a bird fluttering within her; at other times she feels a
tickling or pushing sensation, or the child gives a kick or a jump,
and this, too, with so much energy as to move the petticoats, a book,
or any light article she may have in her lap.
It is important to remember these symptoms, and the order in which
they occur: first, cessation of the menses; second, morning sickness;
third, swelling and darting pains in the breast, and dark color around
the nipples; fourth, gradual enlargement of the abdomen or belly;
fifth, the movement of the child.
In ninety-nine cases out of a hundred, if these symptoms are present
the woman is pregnant. Pregnant women are generally affected with
heartburn, sickness of a morning, headache, and that troublesome
disease, toothache, which accompanies pregnancy; all of which may
usually be avoided by keeping the bowels gently open with seidlitz
powders, caster oil, or pills of rhubarb, which should be taken
occasionally, either alone or in combination with colocynth and soap.
A clyster made of warm soapsuds will often be sufficient if repeated
every few days; or senna and manna; and if there is any aversion to
taking medicine, give some simple articles, such as roasted apples,
figs, prunes, or anything that will quiet the stomach and prevent
costiveness of the bowels.
often complained of by pregnant women, and which may occur at any
period, is seldom relieved by extraction, having its seat in the
adjacent nerves of the face or jaws, and is neuralgic. The teeth ought
not to be drawn during pregnancy, unless urgently required, but should
be relieved by applying hot fomentations to the face, as a camomile
poultice. Rubbing the jaw externally with spirits of camphor or
laudanum, or applying mustard plasters or blisters behind the ears,
will afford relief.
THE CRAMPS OF THE LEGS. ETC.,
in pregnancy, caused by the pressure of the enlarged womb on the
nerves, are often troublesome, but not attended with any danger, and
may be speedily relieved by a change of posture, and friction, or
rubbing with opodeldoc, spirits of camphor, or hot whisky and salt.
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