I have two brothers. Growing up, I assumed that my parents had intercourse only three times. Even when my parents were in their 60s and I was in my 20s, I couldn’t or didn’t want to imagine them being sexually active. Now however, as I approach perimenopause myself, I am increasingly aware that if desired, sexual activity may not only continue as we mature, but perhaps even improve. (more…)
In your seventh week of pregnancy, your embryo is five weeks old.
The embryo will more than double in size this week, growing from about four millimeters long to roughly 11 to 13 millimeters, or about half an inch. The embryo can now be seen with an ultrasound machine.
The latest national telephone survey of US adults found a majority (57% versus 41%) are in favor of the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision on abortion. (more…)
The 2010-2011 influenza season continues to be off to a slow start. Although the number of cases of influenza is increasing every week, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that nowhere in the United States has the disease reached an epidemic level. (more…)
“Maybe the condom broke, maybe you got swept away or maybe you were raped,” said nurse practitioner Susan Wysocki, RNC, president of the National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health. “There is help in an emergency — and the sooner you get it the better.” (more…)
A healthy baby is the product of the mother’s good nutritional habits before and during pregnancy. Your baby is looking to you for everything, including the vitamins and nutrients necessary to grow properly. However eating for two doesn’t mean you should eat twice as much food as you did before you became pregnant.
In a contraction, the smooth muscle of the upper uterus contracts, pushing the baby downward and thinning the bottom of the uterus and the cervix. Contractions also help circulate blood and supply your baby with oxygen.
The upper part of your uterus is called the fundus. This muscle has been expanding throughout pregnancy to accommodate the growing fetus, and contracts forcefully at the end of pregnancy to deliver your baby. The fundus shortens with each contraction, closing and becoming harder as labor progresses. This hardening pushes the baby down in the uterus, and ultimately through the cervix and the birth canal.