Pregnancy and Sex - To Do or Not to Do?
Is It Safe? How To? When You Want To...
Pregnancy is a wondrous time, but it can also leave you with many questions. Especially
as it relates to sex. It is considered the greatest godsend in the life of a woman because it gives her the
opportunity to procreate, to bring forth a being.
Pregnancy is an
exciting time and a great opportunity to learn about your child's growth and development. Whether this is your
first baby or you are a bit more experienced, this is an exciting time of anticipation and wonder. It
is a nine-month marathon, and smart moms-to-be begin training well in advance.
Pregnancy is the
medical terminology for the state or condition when a female mammal carries one or more developing young ones
inside her body (precisely the uterus).
It is typically broken
into three periods, or trimesters, each consisting of about three months. Pregnancy is measured in trimesters
from the first day of your last menstrual period (LMP), totaling 40 weeks. Accurate dating of pregnancy is
important, because it is used in calculating the results of various prenatal tests (for example, in the triple
Sex during pregnancy is
a low-risk behavior except when the physician advises that sexual intercourse be avoided, which may, in some
pregnancies, lead to serious pregnancy complications or health issues such as a high-risk for premature labor or
a ruptured uterus. Sex causes no problems during an uncomplicated pregnancy, and sexual interest often changes
during different phases of a pregnancy. Research suggests that, during pregnancy, both sexual desire and
frequency of sexual relations decrease. Most pregnant women can enjoy sexual intercourse
A number of changes
will be observed in a pregnant woman's body at various stages of pregnancy. In the first four weeks, the uterus
is usually enlarged and irregularly softened. The cervix (the opening of the uterus) becomes softer and bluish
or purple reflecting the increased blood supply to the uterus. At six weeks, the uterus can sometimes be easily
flexed at the markedly softened isthmus.
What kinds of emotional
changes might I expect? What kinds of lifestyle changes should I be thinking of? Pregnancy makes it necessary to
make changes in your daily activities and relationships. Fatigue is an early sign of pregnancy which is caused
by hormonal changes.
pregnancy, you may notice a number of mild to severe effects, including:
Constipation, due to hormonal changes that slow down
the normal function of your bowels.
Mood swings, which can be caused by hormonal changes,
extreme fatigue, or the stress of expecting a new baby.
Changes in breathing due to hormonal changes and to
the pressure the growing baby is putting on the organs inside a woman's body.
The body's posture changes as the pregnancy progresses
due to weight gain.
Normal symptoms you may
experience during the second trimester of pregnancy include:
Breast changes. The swelling is caused by hormonal
changes similar to those a woman may have before her periods.
Increasing heart output. Pounding heart rate or
abnormal heartbeats sometimes due to the pressure various organs put on the heart as the baby
Greater urine output.
These changes are
caused by steroid hormones, lactogen and cortisol.
When pregnancy reaches
term and childbirth becomes imminent, the mother experiences regular painful uterine contractions, which is
generally accompanied by changes in her cervix (which undergoes dilation and effacement). Other changes can
include stretch marks, itchiness, and other skin changes. Changes in the relationship with your partner are
inevitable, as your focus shifts to your own and your future child's well being.
choice you make regarding the outcome of your pregnancy is a personal decision. As many moms
will tell you, pregnancy is a marathon and being physically fit will help you cope with the
physical challenges of both pregnancy and childbirth. For free books, reports and info go
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