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CHAPTER TEN 

 

PREGNANCY 

 

Period of Pregnancy in Human Female--Physiologic Process of 

Pregnancy--Growth of Embryo from Moment of Conception--Pregnant 

Woman Provides Nourishment for Two--Her Excreting Organs Must 

Work for Two. 

 

 

From the moment the ovum has been fertilized or fecundated by the 

spermatozooen, the woman is said to be pregnant (or in French 

_enceinte_. This term was used very frequently and is still used by 

prudes, who seem to consider the word pregnant vulgar and 

disgraceful). Pregnancy, or the period of gestation, lasts from the 

moment of conception to the moment that the fetus or child is expelled 

from the uterus. The period of pregnancy differs very widely in 

different animals,[6] but in the human female it lasts nine calendar 

months or ten lunar months--from about 274 to 280 days. We usually 

count 280 days from the _first_ day of the _last_ menstruation. A 

pregnant woman generally wants to know the day of the expected 

confinement--for this purpose a table is appended to this chapter. If 

you know the first day of your last menstruation, you will see at a 

glance when the confinement may be expected. There may be a difference 

of a few days--either before or after the expected date--but for 

practical approximate purposes the tables serve very well. 

 

A simple way is to count back three months and add seven days. For 

instance, a woman's last menstruation occurred on April 4th; counting 

back three months gives you January 4th; add seven days and you get 

January 11th, the probable date of delivery. The first day of the last 

menstruation was December 30th; counting back three months gives you 

September 30th; add seven days and you get October 6th, the probable 

date of delivery. The presence of a short month like February may be 

disregarded, as the calculation is not absolutely, but only 

approximately correct. 

 

The period at which the child's movements begin to be felt by the 

mother is termed Quickening. It usually occurs at the middle of the 

pregnancy, between the 16th and 18th week. 

 

Pregnancy is a normal physiological process; but every active 

physiological process is apt to be accompanied by disturbances, and 

there is certainly no process in the animal body in which greater 

activity, greater changes, go on than during the process of pregnancy. 

Just see what occurs in nine months. The uterus, at first the size of 

a small pear, reaches a size larger than that of the head of a big 

man; it does not merely stretch, as some think, but it actually grows 

enormously in size, the muscular walls of a pregnant uterus being many 

times thicker than those of a non-pregnant one. They have to be or 

they would not have the strength to expel the child, when the proper 

time comes. It is to be borne in mind that the child does not slip out 


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