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Sexual Relations During Pregnancy

During pregnancy, you undergo many changes, both physical and emotional. How you react to these changes, how openly you can talk with your partner, and whether your caregiver makes you feel comfortable discussing lovemaking...

Physical and Emotional Changes in the Pregnant Woman

Pregnancy is generally divided into three trimesters, or three periods of 3 months each, for purposes of discussion. This is done because most women experience the same general changes during each trimester. During pregnancy,...

The Length of Pregnancy

The average length of pregnancy is 280 days. This is about 9 calendar months or 10 lunar months. A lunar month is the time it takes to go from full moon to full moon—28...

The Placenta and How It Develops

By the time the developing being is 2 weeks old, the placenta, or afterbirth, has begun to develop. The villi, embedded in the lining of the uterus, are forming primitive blood vessels, which tap...

Fetal Emotions—Awareness & Reaction

We now know that even while all of this physical development is taking place, the unborn child is becoming an aware, reacting human being. At as early as 8 weeks, he can express his...

Fetal Development—The Way It Goes

The terms used to date a pregnancy can be confusing. Once the pregnancy is confirmed, your caregiver will estimate your due date by counting from the first day of your last menstrual period. Since...

Cesarean Birth Options

Table 1.2 on this page presents a list of options for cesarean couples. With the national cesarean rate at approximately 21 percent, every couple should be prepared for both a vaginal and cesarean birth...

How to Choose Your Caregiver

Your caregiver is the person you select to provide your prenatal care and to deliver your baby. It is the doctor or midwife that you hire to be your healthcare provider. The choice of...