Since the time when cave men wandered the Earth and the time when man first set foot on the Moon, technology has been improving our lives and changing the way that we live and resolve problems, but human beings have changed very little. Over the last few centuries, scientists and medical men have improved the experience of pregnancy for most women by reducing risk to life and virtually eliminating pain. Despite the medical improvements, the woman’s body functions in its reproductive role as it has since before recorded history.
Less than a lifetime ago, before pregnancy testing kits became available at every corner drug store, the first public verification that a woman was “with child” was her daily bout with nausea early in the pregnancy. The onset of nausea also provided the mother to be with confirmation of her suspicions when she missed her last menstrual period. Morning sickness was Mother Nature’s way of announcing to the world that a brand new human being was under construction. It was a harbinger of happiness or dismay, depending upon the mother to be’s situation. Despite the advances of pregnancy detection kits, it remains as a recognized public announcement today.
The ancient Romans recognized the onset of nausea as the start of the second stage of pregnancy, which began about six weeks after conception. This second stage was a four month period that was characterized by nausea and morning sickness, upset stomachs, and cravings for unusual foods. This does sound strikingly familiar and so modern. Even during those ancient times, the remedies used for providing symptomatic relief were not so different from those remedies practiced today: eating 먹튀검증 in small portions throughout the day, eating only easily digested foods like soft boiled eggs, and drinking lots of liquids in small amounts. In spite of the fact that Rome of that day ruled the world over one thousand years ago, traditional home remedies for morning sickness and nausea remain the same.
Today, if a woman wishes to determine for sure whether or not she is pregnant, she can purchase an easy-to-use pregnancy testing kit at her local pharmacy and find out in the privacy of her own home. As with the women in ancient Rome, her first suspicion will be that first late period which never does come. The pregnancy kit confirms her suspicions. Her final verification about her condition will be, as it was for the women of Rome, the onset of nausea and other symptoms of morning sickness. Modern fathers will learn in much the same way as the Roman fathers, by the retching sounds coming from the bathing area.
Thanks to technology, the way we detect pregnancy and assist women in childbirth has reduced much of the danger and discomfort that had been associated with pregnancy in past generations. Yet, the ultimate verification of the pregnancy continues to be the natural occurrence of nausea and morning sickness – Mother Nature’s harbinger of new life.