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vernix A protective waxy substance on a fetus's body. couvade A syndrome in which male partners experience pregnancy symptoms similar to those of their pregnant partners. Changes in Pregnant \%men. Women begin to "feel" pregnant at this time because their regular clothes no longer fit. They begin to feel the fetus's movements and often report chat the pregnancy feels more real, which is perhaps a psychological sign chat they are accepting chis new presence as separate from themselves. Physical symptoms of the second trimester vary. Some women experience liccle or no physical symptoms; others experience changes in skin coloration, swelling in the extrem- ities, clumsiness, backaches, nosebleeds, heartburn, and hemorrhoids. Weight gain in chis trimester is approximately 1 pound per week. The amount of weight gained dur- ing an entire pregnancy depends on many factors, such as whether a woman was over- weight or underweight before pregnancy. Every woman should talk with her healch care providers about the optimal amount of weight she should gain during her pregnancy. Figure 8.6 shows how the woman's body adapts to the presence of the growing fetus during pregnancy. Changes in Nonpregnant Partners. The pregnancy may begin to feel more real or con- crete for partners, too. Partners who have attended prenatal appointments most likely have heard the heartbeat or have seen the developing fetus through ulcrasound. As the pregnant woman's bodily changes become more obvious, nonpregnant partners may begin to feel more "left out" (Brott & Ash, 2001). For a more detailed discussion on how partners can be involved in the experience of pregnancy, see "Healchy Sexuality: Tips for Nonpregnant Partners." Some culcures have a ceremonial practice that allows the fathers-to-be to act out their own pregnancy. In native North and South American tribes, some husbands experience a sympathetic pregnancy during their wife's pregnancy, labor, and delivery (Lang & Vantine, 1998). These symptomatic experiences are referred to as couvade. Some men actually "go into labor" in a place separate from their wife when she is delivering. Men may experience these symptoms as social and psychological reactions to stress and a change in social status within their relationship and outside in the community. This experience is regarded as normal and natural for the men. Third Trimester The exciting third trimester, weeks 25 to 40, is a time of rapid fetal growth and great emotion for the partners as they prepare for the day a new life will enter their world. Finalizing apcly describes the activities of the woman, her partner, and her family, as well as those of the developing fetus. Month 7. The fetus may begin to feel cramped in the uterus as it gains length and weight. Despite this restricted area, it kicks and moves often. It can open and close its eyes and can see light changes outside of the uterus. It can make grasping motions with its hands and may suck its thumbs or fingers. At the conclusion of this month, it is about 15 inches long
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