Myths about sexual activity during pregnancy abound, but the idea that sex will harm the baby or the mother, or that the baby somehow “knows” mommy and daddy are having sex, are simply false. Unless there are complications such as a history of miscarriage or leaking amniotic fluid that may prompt your health care provider to advise against it, sexual activity during pregnancy is normal, natural and healthy. Whether you desire sex while you are pregnant is a different matter altogether.
The process of growing from infancy to girlhood, young adulthood and old age is significantly impacted by both the presence and absence of natural hormones. A woman’s hormones tell her body when to enter puberty, when to prepare for and feed a baby and when the child-bearing years should cease. Hormones regulate her monthly periods and influence her moods, sex drive and complexion. They are also linked to significant diseases such as breast cancer, osteoporosis and heart disease.
Laugh lines, frown lines, crows feet, glabellar lines — they are all facial wrinkles that are common to both men and women. Women, unfortunately, tend to get more and deeper wrinkles around the mouth than men do, according to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. A wide variety of products claims to reduce the appearance of wrinkles visibly, but the effectiveness of over-the-counter medications is limited, due to the minimal amounts of active ingredients. Effective wrinkle treatment usually requires a prescription.
Teething is an important part of childhood development. Infants use their sensitive oral faculties to explore their environment and will gum and chew any object they can fit into their mouths. Primary teeth, sometimes referred to as baby teeth, are essential for helping children chew their food and learn to speak. Baby teeth also serve as a placeholder of sorts for the permanent teeth that will emerge later.
Most people will experience an acne breakout at one time or another. The most common skin condition in the United States, it afflicts up to 85 percent of all teenagers, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Acne is not limited to teens: People of all ages can have a breakout. While acne is not a debilitating or life-threatening condition, it can have serious emotional repercussions, particularly when it results in deep, unsightly scars.