Fetal education

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Avoiding evil things

TCM holds that frequent contact with beautiful things may beautify the fetus. Therefore, the pregnant woman should avoid bad stimulations like obscene and evil things, violence, killing and ugliness so as not to affect the fetal development.

Fetal education

The guidance in the fetal sensory function and action should be instantly performed step by step in a planned way to promote the development of infantile intelligence and behavior during the best developmental period of the function of the fetal sensory system. For example, 13 weeks after the gestation, planned speaking and recitation of poems are kept for the fetus; singing songs and playing tapes may be arranged to let the fetus listen to the melodious and beautiful music or songs. Apart from these, the mother's sounds of talking and laughing with others, the bird's singing, the insect's singing and the murmuring stream in a forest are all the good information to promote the development of the fetal auditognosis and nervous system. Researches have found that if the pregnant woman often listens to lively and sweet music, the fetus will be less restless and grow and develop well; if the pregnant woman is usually exposed to the noisy and deafening rock and roll music, the fetus will be more restless.

Every night before bed time, lying in the bed, the pregnant woman put her hands on her abdomen and strokes the fetus to promote the fetal movement. This can arouse the initiative of fetal movement to let the fetus receive earlier training in standing and walking than the untrained fetus. This method is advisable for regular use and it is more important during the gestational period. But it is contraindicated in the pregnant woman with early uterine contraction.

Regulating the diet

The pregnant woman's diet should be fresh, bland, nutritious, light, and moderate in amount.

First trimester of pregnancy (three months since conception): Small amount of fine diet is advisable due to the slow fetal development as well as the reaction of pregnancy. The pregnant woman may select the food suitable for her taste and slightly sour orectic food, fresh vegetables and fruits being the best ones. However, the fishy, pungent and irritative foods should be contraindicated to avoid aggravating the vomiting of pregnancy.

Second trimester of pregnancy (four to seven months I pregnancy): The fetus grows fast. Ingestion of food rich in protein, calcium and phosphorus is advisable for the pregnant woman. Paddy, beans, meat, fish and eggs contain rich proteins. Calcium exits in yolk, milk, dried small shrimps, animal skeletons and green leafy vegetables; phosphorus in soybean, chicken and mutton. Eating these foods can promote tissue growth, strengthen the bone, benefit marrow, tonify the brain to promote the fetal development.

Third trimester of pregnancy (eight to ten months in pregnancy): The fetal growth and development accelerate. This is the crucial period for the cerebral development. Thus, more nutrients should be stored. The pregnant woman should eat more fine proteins, pay attention to proper proportion of animal protein and vegetable protein, eat less salt and basic food to prevent edema. The pregnant woman should avoid irritative foods like hot pepper, sensitized foods like crab meat, and river deer and hare. It is advisable for her to give up smoking, drinking sporit and strong tea in case abortion, premature labor, dead fetus, monster and congenital diseases should occur.

Living a normal daily life

After conception, exogenous pathogenic factors easily invade the pregnant woman, giving rise to various fetal diseases, even abortion. Thus, the pregnant woman should live a normal daily life with caution and arrange the daily schedule scientifically. She should rise early and go to bed early, and work, study and live regularly. Besides, she should modify her clothing to prevent cold and summer heat in conformity to seasonal variations.

The strenuous exercise is not advisable for the pregnant woman. Chan Yun Ji, or Collection of Labour and Pregnancy, puts forth “The pregnant woman should not climb high, walk fast, sit in a lateral position, bend over, limp along, lean against something, take an object from a high place, defecate and urinate in the out of the way places, stand, sit and lie long, expose herself to cold and heat.” The pregnant woman should be cautious not to hit the abdomen, avoid being exposed to noxious substances like lead, mercury, benzol and arsenic as well as radioactive rays. It is not advisable for her to visit public places often to prevent infectious diseases causing the fetal injury or abortion.

The pregnant woman should maintain smooth defecation and urination. In the case of constipation without remission or dysuria, she should go to see a doctor in time.

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