Some couples are anxious that pressure on the abdomen might squash the foetus or harm him in some way. Others worry that the penetrating penis might bump the developing baby or damage him. But there is no basis for either anxiety because the foetus is cushioned in the fluid, protecting it from all but the most severe bumps.
The effects of pregnancy on a woman’s desire for intercourse or on her response to sexual stimulation varies widely. Partly they are influenced by the hormonal changes in her body. Some women have an increased desire and reach orgasm more easily, perhaps because of the freedom from contraception. Others can go off sex for varying periods, even the whole of pregnancy. Men too are sometimes affected in this way.
Couples should make every attempt to discuss their anxieties and fears with each other and should seek the help of a doctor or marriage counsellor if necessary.
These meals are economical and easy to prepare and contain all the elements for a balanced diet. They are based on the fact that most women having their first babies will be working up to 11 weeks before childbirth.