Mother guide- Ultrasounds

The Washington Mother And Baby Book: Some Of The Important Things That A Mother Should Know About The Care Of Herself And Her Baby. 1920. Manuscript.

Throughout this book it discussed the simple things that one should know when becoming a mother back in the older days. This source brought up the best ways to determine if one is pregnant and what the signs of pregnancy lead to for example, “Changes in the breasts. If, at the same time, unusual sensations in the breasts such as tenderness on pressure, tingling, prickling and the like, are felt, they support the probability of pregnancy” (7). It also brought up how physicians should often be visited with regularly throughout pregnancy.

However I found it interesting how it took a lot of time for the gender of a child to even be mentioned. The first time gender is mentioned is once the birth occurs, “After the cord has been tied with a piece of sterile material the baby is wrapped in a clean, warm blanket and laid on his side (right) in a warm place, near enough to be watched to see that he is breathing properly and is safe while the mother is being cared for” (13). I found this interesting because in today’s culture gender is a very big deal and it is barely mentioned up until this point. Sense ultrasounds have been invented this seems even more important. This work appeals to the audience because it is information one would be able to refer to in the older age and gain information from.

This source pulls me towards the research I have already done on gender reveal because it is fascinating that something that is so important in today’s culture was not even mentioned in past works. It does lead me to question if they even had techniques for guessing pregnancy, or if back then it simply just did not matter.


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