A proper diet is all-important. Food should he plain, simple and nourishing, easy of digestion, and free from exciting and highly stimulating compounds. The idea generally prevails that as the growth of another being depends on the food taken by the mother, the amount of food should be greatly increased, and to satisfy this double demand of nature, a very generous diet should be substituted for the ordinary manner of living Hence mothers are often urged to drink porter, and partake freely of stimulating food, spurring on the appetite when it lags, by some new delicacy. They forget that notwithstanding there is an increased expenditure of substance necessary for the development of the child in the mother's womb, yet nature which understands its duty perfectly well, has in a measure provided for it, by suppressing the usual periodical discharge, which ceases at the close of the period of child-bearing. Nature we have said understands her duty, but we must be careful not to confound her voice with the whisperings of a morbid appetite and imagination, indicative of disease. When during gestation the general health, the appetite and digestion improves, an increase of food would not only be advantageous but highly necessary. As a general thing, where the diet has been plain, simple and sufficiently nourishing, no increase or change is necessary. There may be a morbid appetite, but unless the health and digestive powers improve, if the appetite is indulged in to its full extent, and even stimulated, as is often the case, exactly contrary to the object aimed at will be gained, the stomach will be overloaded with food it cannot digest, and the appetite will either give way, or a long train of painful symptoms follow, such as, nausea, heart-burn, colic, constipation, and piles, disagreeable breath and perspiration, difficulties which the mother is accustomed to bear in righteous resignation as a part of her lot Even if the digestion should remain unimpaired, and larger amount of nourishment is taken into the system than is necessary, a sense of fullness will follow, producing difficulties about the head or some other organ, and not unfrequently miscarriage.

There is less danger of running to the opposite extreme and taking too little food in this country, than among some of the thickly populated districts of the old world. There, where life is a continual struggle for bread, and where hundreds die from a want of the proper nourishment, the babe is often born weak and puny, and the mother from lack of nourishment herself is unable to furnish it to her child, and the poor child dies of what the world is pleased to call some infantile disease, but which in reality is neither more nor less than starvation. In our own happy country there are but very few who cannot obtain the necessaries of life. It makes but little difference whether the system lacks nourishment either from a want of food, or from too great abundance of it, so as to impair the organs of digestion and render them unable to perform their functions aright.

Longings, which are so often observed in pregnant females for strange and even ridiculous things, by many are watched with a great deal of interest, and the absolute necessity of indulging them for fear of producing an effect on the child, is considered an important duty. Sometimes an urgent desire is felt to eat earth, or feast on a tallow candle, and a hundred such unnatural whims. I need not say that these longings are peculiar to delicate, irritable, and nervous women, whose minds are un--employed; we should hardly expect to find them in the healthy woman, whose mind is employed and made cheerful by reading, conversation, or any healthy exercise. The proper remedy is, not to gratify the whim unless it be for some harmless thing; for longings of this kind are common to all - that would only tend to increase the disease; but to make use of plain and simple food, such as the stomach can easily digest, and above all, give pleasant employment to the mind, take moderate exercise, and be as cheerful as possible.