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Pregnancy And Childbirth
If Pregnancy Is Something That Frightens You, It's Time To Convert Your Fear Into Joy. Ready To Give Birth To A Child? Is The New Status Hitting Your State Of Mind? Are You Still Scared To Undergo All The Pain That Your Best Friend Underwent Just A Few Days Back? Not Convinced With The Answers Given By The Experts?
Consider that a mother's breast milk carries with it the flavors of the foods she eats. Thus, the connection between a child's predispositions to the flavors of his her childhood begins almost from birth. Some theories also propose that because the flavor of a mother's breast milk will change from day to day, due to variances in her diet, a breastfed child is exposed to a greater variety of flavors than a child who is not breastfed. Some believe that lack of such exposure leads to children who grow up to be picky eaters. To date, no conclusive studies have been done on the long-term effect of a varied diet in a child as he or she matures.
Babies born at low weights (less than 5.5 pounds) have a greater likelihood for development of health problems. Mothers-to-be can help prevent this from occurring by eating the well-rounded diet that women their age would ideally eat, as well as achieving an appropriate weight for their height. Women who are 15 percent or more underweight present a special risk for a difficult pregnancy and childbirth.
To the overall upheaval caused by the unimpeded operation of market forces was added the utter wrongheadedness of the system of educating young women. (This was a theme that Child had already emphasized.) The housekeeping wisdom of their mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers was not being passed on to them. The young woman of the mid-nineteenth century in the northern United States, faced with the task of managing a household, was ''like a young, inexperienced lad, who is required to superintend all the complicated machinery of a manufactory, which he never was trained to understand, and on penalty of losing reputation, health, and all he values most.'' The new economic and social realities seemed alien, impossibly burdensome. It was as though our typical young woman, stripped of New England farm household lore, had become her brother, stripped of the Yankee ingenuity to which such lore had famously given birth.50
You can't just buy an animal, walk out to the field, and milk it. Milk comes only from female mammals that have recently given birth and have either been continuously milked or nursed since then by their young or some other species. (For example, you can put bum lambs or a calf on a goat.) So for a cow to be a milking cow, there has to have been a bull in her life about 285 days ago likewise with a goat, 5 months ago. Even if you buy an animal that is already fresh (milking), time is going to run out on you. You can't just keep milking her forever. She will gradually dry up. You have to again give the cow access to the bull or the artificial inseminator at a time when she is receptive (in heat). (You probably knew most of that, but I'm trying to assume nothing. I've had people ask me if they should pasteurize the eggs, or why their chickens won't sleep in the nests but keep climbing up to the hen house rafters, or if a heifer and a Hereford are the same thing.)
Keeping sows and raising little pigs is hard, harder than any other livestock breeding operation I think. Pigs can catch things pigs catch, plus practically every disease people get too. And they're most likely to get sick during the time between their birth and weaning. The first problem is birthing. At least 1 out of every dozen piglets is born dead. Even professional pig raisers lose an average of one-fourth of their piglets, counting those born dead. And feeding breeders is much more expensive than feeding a weaner pig, which is butchered at 200 lb. These are much bigger animals maybe 500 lb. for a sow, up to 1,000 lb. for a boar. One of them will eat more than 2,000 lb. of feed per year. Infertility can be a problem also. About 1 out of 10 sows doesn't get pregnant. Costs can be brought down by keeping more sows the average commercial operation keeps more than 50 but the more pigs you keep, the greater the risk of disease.
Freshen To give birth and start milk production Gestation Pregnancy the birthing is coming heat Periods a mare (female horse) stays in heat for 2-11 days, usually around 6, and comes in about every 22 days. She will be in heat again in 3-15 days after giving birth to a colt. A sow comes in heat again IS weeks after pigging (which means to have a litter of babies). A ewe (female sheep) comes in heat for about 35 hours every 16 days. A lady dog will stay in heat for 9 days, more or less, and a cat can stay in even longer. After a large animal is bred and out of heat, she is said to be settled. She won't feel that good again for a long time. Artificial Insemination (A-l) a i enables you to breed a cow when you can't manage or don't want to provide a bull. Instead, the cow is given bull semen through a metal tube while she is in a chute. Ask around to find somebody in the A-I trade in your area. Or ask the nearest vet he or she will know for sure. Or take a course and learn to do it...
One of the most important qi tonics in traditional Chinese medicine, astragalus is taken to enhance vitality and increase energy. It has potent immune-boosting properties, so it may be prescribed to build resistance against infections as well as for more serious problems, such as helping the body's defenses cope with the trauma of chemo- and radiotherapy. Herbalists also prescribe astragalus for a wide range of other conditions, including liver and kidney dysfunction, heart problems and for aiding recovery from blood loss (especially after childbirth).
Parsley, with its mystic aura being wrapped in folk tradition, is said to increase female libido, also help in promoting menstruation and ease the difficulties of childbirth (Review of Natural Products, 1991 Tyler, 1994). Parsley juice can be used in treating hives and other allergy symptoms it also inhibits the secretion of histamine. Parsley has also been used as a liver tonic and helped in the breaking up of kidney stones. The German Commission E has approved parsley as a preventive measure and also for treatment of kidney stones. The parsley root can be used as a laxative and also helps to eliminate bloating. It can reduce weight by reducing excess water gain. The root can be used to relieve flatulence and colic, due to its carminative action. Parsley is rich in such minerals as calcium, thiamin, riboflavin, potassium, iron and vitamins such as A, C and niacin (Review of Natural Products, 1991 Gruenwald, 1998 Blumenthal, 1998 Tyler, 1994, 1998 Marczal et al, 1977). Parsley can be...
A V icotta can be eaten as is, as well as in dishes of all kinds, and it can be fried. Drained thoroughly, dredged in flour and then in egg, and fried in hot oil, it is delicious. The sheep give birth twice a year, so we have ricotta all year-round. It is soft and a little watery when first made. For this reason the ricotta is put into round baskets made of willow, loosely woven, to allow the liquid to drain. When the cheese is turned out, it has the lovely woven design of the basket all over it.
Stephen To learn proper pig vetting I suggest that you develop a relationship with your vet. He will be glad to show you the correct way to do all of the things that need to be done to insure that your little ones and the sow are taken care of properly. Or you could get hold of a neighbor and have him show you how. In addition to birthing help and piglet procedures there's also
Heifers It's better to not let a heifer get bred as soon as she is capable of it or you risk a difficult birth, a cow stunted for life, always a poor milk producer. They can conceive as young as 3 months. Don't let them conceive until they're at least 13 months old. To minimize calving problems, don't grain a heifer before she has her first calf. cow heats Usually her heat period is every 21 days, but individual animals can have a cycle as short as 18 days or as long as 24. Her first heat period after giving birth will be in 30-60 days. A cow stays in heat from 8 to 30 hours, on the average about 16 hours. If you notice heat, get her bred immediately, because the next day may be too late Because a cow's birthing instinct is to go hide in a woods and do it all by herself, it's wise to bring her into a pasture near the house in summer or into the barn where you're providing a warm stall with lots of clean bedding if the weather is awful. Do that at least a couple days before her calving...
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