National Geographic : 1959 Nov
"Mother and baby doing fine" Wonderful progress has been made in protecting the lives of mothers and babies-thanks to excellent prenatal care and improved obstetrical techniques. Equally important, some 95 percent of today's babies are born in our hospitals-where most birth emergencies can be handled promptly and effectively. Information for expectant mothers: If your general health is good-if you have no family history of diabetes, kidney, heart or other serious diseases-the chances are excellent that no major complications will occur before your baby's arrival. For your own and your baby's welfare, however, your physician may suggest these safeguards: 1. Eat a variety of foods. Your baby will be no stronger or sturdier than the building materials your diet provides. For you and your baby, a varied diet is best. It should include a quart of milk daily to meet the baby's needs for calcium. Meat, fish, fruits, vegetables, at least one egg a day, bread, cereals and a moderate amount of butter are recommended. 2. Watch your weight. Too much weight strains the heart and other organs. Normal increase is around 16 to 20 pounds. Your doctor will decide and instruct you as to how much you should gain. 3. Get needed rest and exercise. Walking is one of the best exercises and it's usually all right to play golf and dance in the middle months of pregnancy. Get plenty of sleep and at least an hour of relaxation every afternoon. 4. Keep in touch with your doctor. No serious problem develops during pregnancy without a warning signal. Your doctor can foresee and act to avoid difficulties-if he's consulted early and as often as necessary. 5. Take care of your teeth. Have your dentist clean your teeth and do whatever repair work is necessary. 6. Make your hospital reservation early. The maternity wards of most hospitals are crowded nowadays. The soon er you make your reservation, the better. Take a calm, happy, confident attitude toward preg nancy. It is, after all, a natural event and a proper frame of mind helps to encourage an easy delivery. Never before has there been a year like 1959-when birth is so free of risk, so likely to turn out happily. ©Metropolitan Life INSURANCE COMPANY A MUTUAL COMPANY 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK 10, N.Y.