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Has pregnancy spiked your interest in sex? Or is sex the last thing on your mind? Either way, here's what you need to know about sex during pregnancy.
Embryos with XY chromosomes become boys, and those with XX chromosomes become girls. That means that all our sex organs come from the same foundations: The testes in men are equivalent to labia and ovaries in women, and the penis is the equivalent of the clitoris. At around week 7the Y chromosome signals for the start of testosterone production, and male genitalia begin to develop.
Back to Your pregnancy and baby guide. It's perfectly safe to have sex during pregnancy unless your doctor or midwife has told you not to. Having sex will not hurt your baby.
There are several myths that continue to circulate when it comes to sex during pregnancy. Am I doing this for me? Also talk with your health care provider if you have any concerns.
I Nurse Midwife. The objective of this ethnographic study was to understand how women experience their body's physiological processes during pregnancy and their effects on sexuality. Data collection was performed through participant observation and interviews using guiding questions. The data were presented in the narrative form and then organized into the following categories: realizing the changes in the body; living with the changes in the body; and feelings and sensations experienced in sexual life during pregnancy and imagining the body after pregnancy.
This article is a continuation in the author's growing series of articles on intimacy and sexuality in the transition to parenthood and its relationship with perinatal education. So many couples in the author's perinatal education practice feel that health professionals are uncomfortable discussing sex and pregnancy. Indeed, the couples have so many questions and concerns regarding this subject; they are seeking answers so that they may better understand and cope with the changes in this aspect of their relationship.
Between 3 and 5 percent of pregnant women develop pre-eclampsia, a medical condition that is the main cause of complications for both mother and baby during and after pregnancy. Symptoms include increased blood pressure and protein in the urine in the second half of the pregnancy. In the most serious cases the pregnant woman can develop violent seizures that in rare instances can be fatal.