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Fetal Growth and Development

by Maxine
Posted July 7 2010 12:03pm

Pregnancy is an exciting time for parents-to-be and their family and friends.

Pregnancy is an exciting time for parents-to-be and their family and friends. It’s also a time when you might have more questions than answers about how your baby is developing. In an effort to help you find the answers you are looking for, we have provided a link to one website we believe offers a clear and concise overview of the different stages of your baby’s development, week by week, trimester by trimester:  Pregnancy.org

As each week of your pregnancy unfolds, Pregnancy.org provides detailed descriptions and pictures of real embryos and fetuses to bring the experience of fetal development to life and help you better understand your baby’s growth.

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Does a woman's sexual interest change during pregnancy?

by Guest
Posted August 1 2010 07:15pm
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Keep in mind that every woman's pregnancy experience is unique. You may experience all kinds of changing feelings towards sexual activity. Pregnancy can or may not affect your sexual desire, your needs during lovemaking and your level of satisfaction. The hormonal, physical and emotional changes experienced during pregnancy can affect how you feel about sex and how you respond to it. These feelings and responses may change in each trimester.

Here are some of the more typical changes:

  • Exhaustion, raging hormones, tender breasts and self-consciousness about weight gain can bring your sex drive to a halt. Sometimes you simply need rest to regain energy and sexual interest.
  • Many women find that pregnancy makes them want sex more. That’s because of all of those hormones. For some women, their new voluptuous bodies can play a role in making them feel sexier, too. 
  • Breast tenderness or soreness may occur during the pregnancy for some women. This is the time to encourage your partner to explore other parts of your body and find other ways to caress you. 
  • There is increased blood flow to the pelvic area that can result in engorgement of the genitals and heighten the sensation. For some women this is wonderfully pleasurable and for others this can be uncomfortable.
  • Some women find they are drier and do not seem to have as much natural lubricant. You will find a number of personal lubricant products in any pharmacy. Consult with the doctor or pharmacist about which product may be best for you.

Will a woman's sexual interest change during pregnancy with each trimester?

The more cyclical changes that occur as you progress through each trimester include:

  • 1st Trimester: A surprising number of women do not feel like making love at all. This is a time when many women are tired out and nauseous, and some are vomiting quite regularly.
  • 2nd Trimester: Many of those women start feeling normal again. (Unfortunately, not all.) Their sexual appetite may even be on the rise now due to an increase in blood flow to the vagina and in vaginal discharge. On another note, some women may lose interest in intercourse because of their growing abdomen, which can leave them feeling unattractive.
  • 3rd Trimester: There is a decrease in sex drive for a number of women. This is often due to the increased size and discomforts of the growing baby. This can cause breathlessness, fatigue and the downward pressure as the baby settles into the pelvis. Toward the end of pregnancy some women may also experience cramping and backache with orgasm.

 

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Skin Colour Changes (Chloasma and Linea Nigra)

by Maxine
Posted August 9 2010 03:24pm
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As you progress through pregnancy, you may notice various changes to the pigmentation of your skin. 

As you progress through pregnancy, you may notice a brownish tan colour on the face called the mask of pregnancy, or chloasma. A dark brown line also sometimes develops on the abdomen and runs from the navel to the pubic area; this is linea nigra.

Remember that these are normal changes. The mask of pregnancy will fade after the baby is born and the linea nigra may lighten and disappear.

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When is Vaginal Intercourse Not Safe in Pregnancy?

by Maxine
Posted April 25 2011 03:27pm
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The following is a list of circumstances where it is likely that a healthcare provider may advise against vaginal intercourse.

The following is a list of circumstances where it is likely that a healthcare provider may advise against vaginal intercourse, or other penetrating sexual activities. In such circumstances, if they wish, couples may ask their doctors if they may substitute solitary or mutual-masturbation or oral sex as alternatives.

Check with your doctor to see if there is any reason you should not have intercourse.

  • You have experienced previous miscarriages, any spotting of blood or loss of fluid from the uterus.
  • Sexual activity is not safe if the cervix opens early. This can happen because of preterm labour or what the doctors call cervical incompetence. Semen contains prostaglandins (pronounced pro-stuh-glan-dins), a chemical substance that is absorbed in the tissues of the vagina and can cause contractions to begin. If you are at risk for preterm labour, this is not a good thing.
  • Sexual intercourse is not safe if the membranes surrounding the baby have ruptured because it is possible for infection to occur.
  • Lovemaking is also not recommended if you have what doctors call placenta previa (pronounced plah-cent-ah pree-via) or what they call a low-lying placenta. Either of these conditions can trigger serious bleeding and could result in preterm labour, even without intercourse.
  • If you are carrying more than one baby, the doctor may suggest that you abstain from sex sooner than you would if you were carrying only one baby.

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