It must have been a trip, back then - to see practically every woman, of child bearing age, Pregnant. We've all heard the horrors of pregnancy during the baby-boom years. Some of which are downright, myths, half truths and old wives tales and stuff of early comedy in radio and TV. (remember the birth episode of I Love Lucy)
Perhaps in some rural parts of the US, people did some of what is talked about, but honestly, the people back then were not hicks. They were our MOTHERS!!! And it was our MOTHERS who raised up one of the most influential generations of all time. So there!
I came across a mommy-blogger who posted about being pregnant in the 1950's and it was so outrageous I just felt I needed to right a wrong. There will always be "stories" about pregnancies passed down in every generation.
- There weren't any at home pregnancy tests back in the 50's. In fact, if you were to be tested for pregnancy, a urine sample would be collected and sent to a lab. The urine would be injected into a rabbit, and if the rabbit died, then that would indicate a "positive" test. Thus comes the phrase, "the rabbit done died."
It is TRUE about not having home pregnancy tests. Not until the mid 1980's were they readily available for home use. HOWEVER the markers that indicate pregnancy found in urine and blood, was discovered in 1930! Obstetric ultrasonography was first practiced in the 1960s; the first home test kit for hCG was invented in 1968. The kits went on the market in the United States and Europe in the mid-1970s - 1980's.
1957 Events & Facts MAJOR EVENTS:
Soviet Union inaugurates the "Space Age" by launching Sputnik I, the world’s first artificial satellite. A month later Sputnik II carries a dog into orbit, making that dog the first living being to enter space. President Eisenhower announces "Eisenhower Doctrine," pledging defense of Miulle Eastern nations against communism
Federal troops ordered to enforce integration of schools in Little Rock, Arkansas
Israel withdraws from Sinai Peninsula
European Common Market created
Britain detonates hydrogen bomb;
U.S. conducts first underground nuclear test
Despite record-setting filibuster by Sen. Strom Thurmond, Congress approves the first significant civil rights legislation since the Civil War