In class today we discussed the moment when Cat says that she “took everything” that she was supposed to in order to prevent the pregnancy. Birth control pills wouldn’t have been available in this time period, so I did a quick search on traditional methods of birth control.
The above is an article on the history of condoms and sponges, which would have been methods FH and Cat could have used to prevent the baby. The article says the first rubber condom was invented in 1855. Perhaps condoms were not accessible in the country or place, and they never used them.
This one is an article on different plant solutions to preventing unwanted pregnancies. I don’t know how effective any of them are, but they may have been solutions Cat was familiar with and took during the beginning of their relationship.