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Categories: Obstetrics or Midwifery

This should be worn loose. The heavier garments should not be
held by the waist but suspended from the shoulders. Flannels, if possible,

should be worn next the skin excepting, possibly, during the warmest

weather. Every precaution should be taken not to take cold or to chill the

surface of the body, as this might bring on an acute trouble of the

kidneys. As soon as the womb has risen out of the pelvis during the fourth

month, the corset should be absolutely abandoned, since pressure upon the

enlarging womb tends to cause acute Bright's disease and uraemia, and

these troubles are always to be guarded against. During the later months

of pregnancy, when the abdominal enlargement is great, a linen or elastic

bandage may be worn with great comfort, but it must be so put on as to

support and not press upon the womb.