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Nine months. Some days will crawl by; others will fly by. But no matter how the time passes, you have a chance every second to make choices that will help ensure the healthiest pregnancy and the healthiest baby possible.
The obstetricians, midwives and expert maternity staff at The BirthPlace are here to help you make the most of these nine months.
When to Start Seeing a Doctor
Why Prenatal Care Matters
How to Choose an Obstetrician
Testing 1, 2, 3
ABCs of C-Section
Choosing a Hospital
Preparing for Delivery
How Much Should You Expect to Gain?
How to Exercise When You're Expecting
When to Call the Doctor
Does Preeclampsia Predict Heart Problems?
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
and family finances can be two of the most difficult topics to discuss,
even with your spouse. It's helpful before any difficult conversation
to have some facts to start the conversation. So I recently sat down
with Dr. Suzanne Barbara Weber, MD of Littleton Hospital's BirthPlace to
have a chat about sex during pregnancy. I wanted to share my
conversation with you so that you'll be armed with information.
Q: Is it normal to have sex during pregnancy?
It's completely normal for pregnant women to have sex - but it's just
as normal not to. There are a few factors in play, such as how you feel
about your body and your energy level. A woman may feel very attractive
while pregnant, or she may not and worry that her partner doesn't find
her attractive. Your fluctuating hormones also can affect your sex
drive. You may find that your interest in sex peaks during your second
trimester when increased blood flow to your breasts and sexual organs
can lead to an increase in sexual desire. On the other hand, stress
level about becoming a new mom, exhaustion, nausea, or other health
concerns can make sex the farthest thing from your mind.
Q: Can intercourse during the first trimester cause a miscarriage?
Miscarriages are almost always the result of chromosomal abnormalities
or some other problem in the developing baby. They are rarely caused by
something you do - or don't do. That being said, if you're worried, or
if you have a history of miscarriages, talk with your obstetrician about
your concerns. If you develop conditions in your pregnancy, such as
unexplained vaginal bleeding, placenta previa or incompetent cervix,
your doctor may advise you to avoid sexual intercourse.
Q: Will it hurt the baby or me for my partner to be on top of me during intercourse?
Because of your growing belly, you and your partner might have to get
creative with positions, especially in your third trimester when you'll
want to avoid lying flat on your back. In that position, the weight of
your baby puts a lot of pressure on some of your major blood vessels. In
addition to making you dizzy, it can be uncomfortable, and sometimes
dangerous. Other than that, your own comfort is what matters. Try
"spooning" together on your sides or you being on top. The most
important thing is to communicate with your partner about how you feel.
Q: Will intercourse in the last few weeks help induce labor?
This is mostly an urban legend. Intercourse may stimulate contractions,
but they are unlikely to lead to labor. However, it's a more pleasant
idea than some of the other labor-inducing legends I've heard, and it's
not going to prevent labor, so it may be worth trying. It also might be
one of the last opportunities for a couple to be intimate before their
bundle of joy arrives!
women don’t think much about where they will deliver their baby until
late in their pregnancy, but you may want to consider where you will
deliver your baby earlier and be sure to find an obstetrician or
prenatal provider that delivers at your preferred hospital.
When considering a hospital, it’s a good idea to take a tour.
You’ll want to look for a warm and clean environment, birthing suites
where you can labor and deliver and overall aesthetics. But be sure to
go deeper than that. Look for:
We invite you to join LAH as our guest to
tour the Birthplace, to ask questions and familiarize yourself with our
facility. This tour can be done anytime during your pregnancy or if you
are beginning to plan a pregnancy.
Please meet in the lobby of LAH about 5 to
10 minutes before the tour begins. We will meet first to provide an
overview of services and give you an opportunity to ask questions. A
walk through of the BirthPlace will follow.
Please note: Each person attending the tour must bring his/her photo ID.
Tours will not take place on the following holidays:
See our virtual tour.
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