Pregnancy Tracker: 24 weeks, 3 days Size of the Baby: Just over a pound, but nearly fully formed! Biggest Obstacle: Accurately judging blood glucose responses. Getting advice from mothers is one of the joys and occasional frustrations of being pregnant with your first child. One of the areas that I'm not so concerned about is middle of the night feedings. Some women say they had a hard time adjusting to waking up and falling back asleep several times a night when their newborn needs to eat every few hours. My diabetic pregnancy has prepared me well for this task of motherhood. I wake up at least twice a night to test my blood glucose. Depending on when I hit the sack, I set my alarm for a couple hours later, usually between midnight and 1 a.m. After I've woken up and done that test, I reset my alarm for a few hours later, usually at 3 or 3:30 a.m. If I do catch a high reading, I may set the next alarm in closer increments, ...
Definition Safe sex means taking precautions during sex that can keep you from getting a sexually transmitted infection (STI), or from giving an STI to your partner. STIs are also referred to as sexually transmitted diseases, or STDs. These diseases include genital herpes, genital warts, HIV, chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, hepatitis B and C, and others. Information A sexually transmitted illness (STI) is a contagious disease that can be transferred to another person through sexual intercourse or other sexual contact. Many of the organisms that cause STIs live on the penis , vagina , anus, mouth, and the skin of surrounding areas. Most of the diseases are transferred by direct contact with a sore on the genitals or mouth. However, some organisms can be transferred in body fluids without causing a visible sore. They can be transferred to another person during oral, vaginal, or anal intercourse. Some STIs can also be transferred by nonsexual contact with infected tissues or fluids, such as infe...
Painful sexual intercourse; Dyspareunia
For painful intercourse in women after pregnancy:
Wait at least 6 weeks after childbirth before resuming sexual relations.
Be gentle and patient.
Use lubrication as needed.
For vaginal dryness/inadequate lubrication:
Try water-based lubricants.
If you are going through menopause and lubricants don't work, talk to your doctor about estrogen creams or other prescription medications.
For painful intercourse caused by prostatitis:
Soak in a warm bath.
Drink plenty of fluids, but avoid alcohol and caffeine.
Take acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
Take antibiotics as prescribed.
For hemorrhoids, try stool softeners. Antibiotics may be required for urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted infections, or vaginal infections.
Other causes of painful intercourse may require prescription medications or, rarely, surgery.
Sex therapy may be hel...
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