National Geographic : 1943 Dec
When the stork arrives in Wartime EVERY mother-to-he wants, above everything, a healthy, happy baby. The wisest step she can take is to see the doctor early-especially in these days of wartime worries. Such a visit helps the doctor keep both mother and baby in the best possible health . . . helps them avoid complications while medical and hospital facilities are under great strain. An early visit also enables the doctor to sched ule later visits to conserve his and the mother's time ... to make hospital or home arrangements including, perhaps, available nursing service. For expectant mothers who are employed, it is doubly advisable to seek the doctor's early advice about the suitability of the work and how long it may continue. Wartime conditions, including rationing, make the doctor's individual advice especially helpful. Here are some things he usually emphasizes . . A nourishing diet. The mother needs the basic foods essential to the health of both herself and her baby. The right diet also helps keep the mother's teeth in sound condition. A visit to the dentist may be advised. Exercise, sunshine, and fresh air. Proper exer cise helps the body's muscles make necessary ad- justments. Violent effort-especially reaching should be avoided. Sleep and rest. Eight hours each night is the minimum. Daily rest periods and an afternoon nap are beneficial. It is wise to perform as many household tasks as possible while seated-pre paring vegetables, for example. Clothing. In general, clothing should be light in weight, comfortably warm, attractive and, for economy's sake, easy to alter. Shoes of the type most comfortable to you are important. A booklet of facts-free Upon request, Metropolitan will mail you a 48 -page booklet, 123-N, entitled, "Information for Expectant Mothers." COPYRIGHT 1943-METROPOLITAN LIFE INSURANCE CO. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (A MUTUAL COMPANY) f Frederick H. Ecker, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD [Lroy A. Lincoln, PRESIDENT 1 MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK 10, N. Y.