A urine sample would be collected and it was sent to a laboratory. In the 1950's the urine was injected into a rabbit and if the rabbit died, this was a positive test for pregnancy. This is where the old saying, "the rabbit done died", came from.
No one would suggest that you should stop smoking or even drinking if you where pregnant during this decade. You would sit at the doctor's office and smoke while waiting for your turn to be seen. Your doctor would often be the one to offer you a light for your cigarette as you dicussed your pregnancy in his office. It was your family medical doctor who would deliver your baby in the 50's; there were no specialists to go to for a routine pregnancy.
A pregnant woman was treated as if she was frail and would be prescribed a lot of bed rest. Warnings were given out by your doctor not to reach for things over your head.
Asked by Anonymous at 10:46 AM on Aug. 17, 2010 in Pregnancy
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Answer by DesertRose75 at 10:53 AM on Aug. 17, 2010
Funny how things have changed. I think that sometimes a generation can be okay, for the most part, as far as chemical exposure and other harmful substances. But if generation-after-generation is exposed to certain substances, then that is when the effects will sometimes be more prevalent. Take milk hormones/antibiotics for example, they didn't seem to have an enormous effect on the early generations, but as we move on down the line, we see our children experiencing many changes that didn't occur 'back in the day'. Oh, and I'm so glad that they don't test for preg. on bunnies anymore ;-)
Answer by kenzie07 at 10:55 AM on Aug. 17, 2010
Answer by mom2twobabes at 10:56 AM on Aug. 17, 2010
haha that is so funny! With our second child the way I told my husband I was pregnant is I gave him a letter addressed from the Humane Society. The letter stated... Dear Mr. Touchberry, I'm writing to let you know " THE RABBIT HAS DIED" LOLOL!!!
Answer by MKSers at 10:58 AM on Aug. 17, 2010