Strange recommendation, which followed pregnant women in the XIX century
Pregnancy - a surprising state, filled with expectation of childbirth. Every expectant mother is trying to do everything so that the child was born strong and healthy, fulfilling a prescription. But not always medical boards were the same as now, or women do not want to listen to them. If you make an excursion into the recent past, we are surprised, and even awful some of the recommendations that followed the future mother of the past.
1. Pregnancy with a wasp waist
In the past era of corsets were not only fashionable, but also a mandatory part of the female wardrobe. Tight design for slimming chest so that the women could not breathe because of the reduce the amount of light, moving to shallow breathing. Constant wearing the corset lead to deformation ribs displacement of internal organs, the circulatory deterioration, miscarriages and loss of reproductive function. As a consequence, there was a high mortality rate among women.
Doctors already in the sixteenth-HVIІ in. at. We were well aware of what kind of injury causes a corset, but the women did not want to listen to their opinions. Even pregnant ladies could not force to abandon a wasp waist. For a time, it was popular special corsets for pregnant women, who were touted as a means of additional support, helping to make good health of the child and to maintain posture. In fact, their design is a little different from the conventional models, and also wearing leads to sad consequences: severe childbirth and other health problems. Interesting fact: The discovery of X-rays to a large extent influenced the process of freeing women from corsets. This made it possible to take pictures of the chest, which clearly demonstrated the difference in the condition of internal organs ladies spanning figure in a corset, and a woman who never wore this design.
2. Beautiful things - beautiful child
The various omens and superstitions are not spared, and pregnant women. Not all of them were foolish prejudices, and many contain a grain of truth. For example, it was believed that a woman needs to look at beautiful things and wear attractive clothing for a child born beautiful. A grain of truth in this. Although it is unlikely to affect the child's appearance, but being in the womb, he feels the mother's condition, and positive emotions are useful for the nervous system of the baby. Sometimes, however, accept the host country following form. It is not important was practical, if only it was beautiful.
Wealthy ladies were dressed in luxurious dress, embroidered with lots of jewelry. Because of this finery gain weight than one kilogram, and it was hard and uncomfortable to wear. But ladies stoically endured and additionally hang ornaments.
3. The Ministry of Health does not warn you ...
These days, the dangers of alcohol and nicotine known fact. However, MOH is not asleep, and each packet of tobacco products, as well as each of alcoholic beverage bottle is accompanied by warning signs. But only some hundred years ago, smoking was considered useful and widely promoted, and the images of children were widely used in advertising. Some doctors recommend pregnant women to smoke to maintain weight is correct, explaining it by the fact that tobacco is supposedly improves digestion and metabolism. So it was quite common that, as a future mother calms the nerves, lighting a cigarette. Habits, too, was peculiar. Doctors advised the ladies, including pregnant women, drink red wine, considering that it is useful for hematopoietic processes. Indeed, when used in moderation drink can be helpful, if it is a high quality, but it is highly questionable use during pregnancy. In addition, women are afforded a broad interpretation of the dose, and some openly abused wine, under the guise of a doctor's recommendations, which led to irreparable consequences.
4. Deliveries under chloroform
The first pain relief during labor was used in 1847, and to this end has been used chloroform. Religious fanatics innovation was made in arms, but they had to calm down after the doctor applied the chloroform in childbirth eighth child of Queen Victoria, and she admired it means. The very use of anesthesia during childbirth has been a significant achievement in the medicine of the time, but unfortunately, this method of anesthesia backfired. Chloroform adversely affects the nervous system, blunting all feeling, which is why babies are often born dead. In addition, some doctors recommend to women during pregnancy breathe this stuff that can become a cause of complications during child bearing, or even miscarriage.
5. The taboo on sunbathing
Of course, the use of a surplus of ultraviolet pregnant will not bring, especially in view of the changed hormonal levels. However, in the last century, the recommendation to avoid sunlight took strange forms. In any weather, even in the intense heat, the women in the state had to wear dresses with long sleeves. But this was not enough. Women were instructed to close gloves hands, wear a hat and make sure to take an umbrella for protection from the sun.
6. The ban on car travel
In the US passenger train initially raised concerns in humans and rail at first competed with shipping and road. At the same time they resorted to unfair advertising. Representatives of railways actively promoted the idea that a trip in the car is dangerous for pregnant women, because they like to shake back and ride unbroken horses need only a train that is easy to roll on rails. Many believed it and refused to travel by car.