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The female body is designed to conceive, carry, give birth and nourish babies.
Pregnancy brings about vast changes to your body, emotional adjustments for you and your partner, and dynamic growth and development of the foetus. Nearly all changes are due to the increased production of female pregnancy hormones.
Sex in pregnancy
- You may find you lose interest in sex at this stage due to nausea and fatigue.
- Men often fear they may harm the baby.
- Stroking, caressing and massage are pleasurable ways of expressing love.
If you are worried that you or your partner may have HIV or another sexually transmitted disease, it is vitally important to use condoms during pregnancy to avoid infecting each other.
The first trimester, or first three months, is also known as the developmental stage. By the end of this period, the baby and its organs are fully formed and functioning, and for you it is a time of physical and emotional adjustment.
The pressure of the enlarging uterus on your bladder may increase your need to urinate frequently.