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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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Sexuality and Pregnancy

by Maxine
Posted August 1 2010 07:04pm
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Are you worried about whether or not sexual activity before birth is safe? You're not alone. Many couples have these concerns. Will sex during pregnancy cause miscarriage or preterm labour? Does it harm the baby?

For most couples, it's safe to continue sexual activity throughout pregnancy. Orgasm and breast stimulation may make your uterus contract, but if things are going well in the pregnancy, this won't cause miscarriage or preterm labour.

Remember, the uterus is a muscular organ that completely surrounds the baby. During lovemaking the penis does not touch the baby. Also, the mucous plug at the cervix prevents bacteria and semen from getting into the uterus. The baby is always well protected. To ensure that intercourse is safe in your relationship halt any activity at once if there is pain or discomfort.

Remember it's always a good idea to consult your doctor or midwife with any questions and concerns, and follow any advice you’re given.

The following articles will answer more of your questions about sexuality during pregnancy.

 

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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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