Keeping sanguine and open-minded
The pregnant woman should be broad-minded and sanguine, free from selfish ideas, without worrying about personal gains and losses; she should be content with her lot in life, generous to people, pleased to help others, free from jealousy, dignified and easy in words, deeds and behavior. In this way, the fetus can have favorable inheritance and it is helpful to the development of the good fetal disposition and character.
The pregnant woman may participate in the local recreational and sports activities to a proper degree, develop interest and hobbies in various fields to enrich her life. Besides, she may mould her temperament by means of playing a musical instrument, playing chess, practicing calligraphy and painting, reciting poems, and traveling, etc.
Excessive emotional tension during the gestational period may cause hypercorticoidism and fetal developmental deformity. Excessive emotional tension or anxiety gives rise to severe fetal movement. Mter birth, the fetus is often liable to restlessness, rage, irritation and cry. Accordingly, various measures should be taken to regulate the pregnant woman's emotions.
Avoiding evil things
TCM holds that frequent contact with beautiful things may beautify the fetus. Therefore, the pregnant woman should avoid bad stimulations like obscene and evil things, violence, killing and ugliness so as not to affect the fetal development.
The guidance in the fetal sensory function and action should be instantly performed step by step in a planned way to promote the development of infantile intelligence and behavior during the best developmental period of the function of the fetal sensory system. For example, 13 weeks after the gestation, planned speaking and recitation of poems are kept for the fetus; singing songs and playing tapes may be arranged to let the fetus listen to the melodious and beautiful music or songs. Apart from these, the mother's sounds of talking and laughing with others, the bird's singing, the insect's singing and the murmuring stream in a forest are all the good information to promote the development of the fetal auditognosis and nervous system. Researches have found that if the pregnant woman often listens to lively and sweet music, the fetus will be less restless and grow and develop well; if the pregnant woman is usually exposed to the noisy and deafening rock and roll music, the fetus will be more restless.
Every night before bed time, lying in the bed, the pregnant woman put her hands on her abdomen and strokes the fetus to promote the fetal movement. This can arouse the initiative of fetal movement to let the fetus receive earlier training in standing and walking than the untrained fetus. This method is advisable for regular use and it is more important during the gestational period. But it is contraindicated in the pregnant woman with early uterine contraction.