This section is from the book "The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine. Volume 2.", by J. H. Kellogg, M.D.. Also available from Amazon: The Home Hand-Book of Domestic Hygiene and Rational Medicine, Volume 2.
General dropsy, indicated by swelling of the limbs so that pitting is produced by pressure with the finger, and puffiness of the face, is a very serious complication of pregnancy, indicating inflammation of the kidneys. This condition should receive prompt attention. The most useful remedies are such as will induce active perspiration. The patient should be allowed no animal food except milk, the diet being made up chiefly of fruits and grains. When the swelling is confined to the feet and limbs, it may be treated by means of the bandage, or the elastic silk stocking.