Pregnancy... 70s style
September 29, 2004 3:45 AM   Subscribe

Your Health and Happiness in Pregnancy - a lovely pamphlet from 1978. From A Little Pregnant.
posted by SuzySmith (8 comments total)
With a funny commentator that might have been funny.
posted by biffa at 4:06 AM on September 29, 2004

It's great how women are cautioned to avoid "foods that cause gas" - farting's so dangerous for the baby! But up to ten cigarettes per day? Just dandy!
posted by hilatron at 4:26 AM on September 29, 2004

biffa - I agree, the comments on the side aren't funny. It's not as if ALL of the advice and guidance in the pamphlet is dated and "wrong".
posted by Witty at 4:31 AM on September 29, 2004

That was posted on a site run by a woman who has had multiple pregnancy losses. She and a bunch of her cohorts have been known to be a bit snarky...she'd fit in well here.

As to the pamphlet, it was around in the 80s when I was reproducing-because I saw it then!
posted by konolia at 4:51 AM on September 29, 2004

The pamphlet just wasn't dated enough to give anyone enough scope.
posted by orange swan at 5:05 AM on September 29, 2004

this pamphlet isnt extreme or funny at all. but the commentator is kind of a nut job...
posted by glenwood at 7:16 AM on September 29, 2004

I like the cover pic. I had no idea that pregnant and recently un-pregnant women used to get all dollied up, hang out together, and just glow in such alluring poses.
posted by Shane at 9:21 AM on September 29, 2004

this pamphlet isn't extreme or funny at all. but the commentator is kind of a nut job...

The pamphlet is better written than many, and is actually more sensible than some recent books, the kind which tend to produce all sorts of anxiety about what you're eating or what you're thinking and the supposedly awful effects of either on your unborn offspring.

But the commentator is half-way (21 weeks) through a pregnancy after suffering multiple miscarriages, and you'd be a nutjob too, especially if you just found out that you have a condition called placenta praevia, where the placenta rest over the cervix. It's serious-- happened to me: I had a hemorrhage at 20 weeks and was on bed rest for the rest of the pregnancy, five weeks of that in hospital. And bed rest in this case means that you are allowed to get up to go the bathroom or the fridge, and even that much is frowned upon. So forgive her nuttiness. I hope all goes well for her. She'll feel much better when she gets closer to 35 weeks and the thresholds of viability, but still.
posted by jokeefe at 10:16 AM on September 29, 2004

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