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PSYCH 3070: Human Sexuality, week 7 notes

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PSYCH 3070: Human Sexuality, week 7 notes Psych 3070

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Date Created: 02/28/16
PSYCH 3070: Human Sexuality, Spring Semester 2016 Week 7 Pregnancy and Childbirth Conception  Graafian follicle breaks open and releases ovum, where it enters the fallopian tubes  Takes 3-7 days to travel down the uterus, but ovum can only be fertilized during the first 24 hours it leaves the ovary  200-400 million sperm released during ejaculation- only a few thousand reach fallopian tube and fewer than 50 reach the egg  Sperm can live 3-5 days in reproductive tract  If sperm does not penetrate ovum, it becomes overly “ripe” and disintegrates in the uterus Implantation  Membrane allows sperms to pass, upon one sperm passing the membrane almost instantaneously changes to prevent more sperm  Within 24-30 hours, nuclei have fused to form a zygote  Cell division begins but size does not increase  Blastocyst (about 100 cells) reaches uterus  8-11 days after ovulation, blastocyst attaches to endometrium  Called an embryo after implantation, and fetus at about 8 weeks  Umbilical cord and placenta will serve as mother/infant interface First trimester  Mother o HCG secreted by placenta prevents corpus luteum from degrading and continues to produce progesterone (for the endometrium) o HCG pregnancy test most accurate 2 weeks or more after missed period o Morning sickness  50-90% experience nausea/vomiting  Week 6/8 to week 20  Embryo/fetus o Endoderm from nervous system, skin, and teeth o Mesoderm forms muscles, skeleton, and blood vessels o Endoderm forms internal organs o 3 week: neural tube forms th o 4 week: umbilical cord, heart, and digestive system begin to foth o 8 week: heart is pumping and all organs are developing Second trimester  Mother o The movements of the fetus can be felt by the mother o Morning sickness ends o Water retention may cause swelling o Breasts swell and produce thick liquid which precedes milk  Fetus o 5 month: detectable heartbeat, responds to sound, and has definite periods of sleep and wakefulness o 6 month: can open eyes, suck thumb, and respond to light o At the end of this trimester, the fetus will be about 1 foot long and weigh 1 pound Third trimester  Mother o Walk, sitting, and rising becomes more difficult o Back pain o Enlarged uterus puts pressure on bladder and stomach o Indigestion, heartburn, gas, and constipation are common o General low energy  Fetus th o End of 7 month: fetus about 15 inches long and weighs 1.5 pounds o 8 month: fatty tissue develops under skin and weight gain rapidly th o End of 8 month: 16-17 inches long and weighs 4 pounds, will gain .5 pounds per week o 9 month: about 20 inches and 7-7.5 pounds Complications of pregnancy  Teratogens: substances that can harm an embryo/fetus  Each part of development has a critical period when some feature is developing and is susceptible  Alcohol: most sensitive during wee 3 to end of first term of pregnancy, fetal alcohol syndrome associated with physical deformities and mental deficiencies  Smoking: low birth weight, miscarriage, preterm birth, and infant mortality  Other drugs: cocaine leads to diminished growth and preterm births, caffeine is associated with reduced birth weights, etc.  Miscarriages o As many as 3 in 4 conceptions fail to implant or are spontaneously aborted o 15% of pregnancies past this first 6 weeks fail to survive to term  Rh incompatibility o Antibodies in mother attack blood of the infant o Usually problem after first child, injection given to prevent antibodies  Preeclampsia o Affects 3-5% of pregnant women o Excessive water retention leads to high blood pressure, weight gain, and swollen joints due to altered immune response o Baby must de delivered prematurely or else come may occur Highly sensitive periods  Heart: weeks 3-6  Central nervous system: weeks 3-6  External genitalia: weeks 7-9 Evolution of morning sickness  Protects embryo by causing pregnant females to expel and avoid foods which contain teratogenic and abortifcient properties o Morning sickness peaks when embryo is most susceptible o Females with morning sickness are less likely to miscarry o Females who vomit are less likely to miscarry than those with just nausea o Common aversions include alcoholic and caffeinated beverages and strong-tasting vegetables  Greatest cross-cultural aversion is to meat, fish, poultry and eggs o Often contain parasites and pathogens o Pregnant females are immunosuppressed Complications of Pregnancy  Miscarriages o As many as 3 in 4 conceptions fail to implant or are spontaneously aborted o 15% of pregnancies past this first 6 weeks fail to survive to term  Rh incompatibility o Antibodies in mother attack blood of the infant o Usually a problem after first child, injection given to prevent antibodies  Preeclampsia o Affects 3-5% of pregnant women o Excessive water retention leads to high blood pressure, weight gain, and swollen joints due to altered immune response o Baby must be delivered prematurely or else coma may occur Infant vs. Mother Hypothesis  High blood pressure is common side effect of pregnancy o High enough levels damage kidney (preeclampsia)  Fetus receives more nutrients with maternal blood flow o Placental cells destroy arteriolar muscles responsible for adjusting blood flow to fetus o Fetus releases human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) into mother’s blood which constricts arteries  Mothers with high blood pressure increases have lower rates of spontaneous abortion  Preeclampsia more common when blood supply to fetus is more restricted Labor  First Stage (6-13 hours) o In 10% of pregnancies amniotic sac breaks prior to labor (“water breaks”) o Uterine contractions push fetus toward cervix, become longer and closer together (every 10-20 minutes to ever 1-2 minutes) o Cervix dilates, mucous plug comes out  Second Stage (30-80 minutes) o Crowning as head is delivered first o Further contractions and vaginal expansion  Third Stage (10-12 minutes) o Placenta detaches from uterus and leaves body (after birth) Cesarean Sections  Horizontal incision through abdomen and uterus  Many necessary situations o Maternal illness, breech birth, etc.  However, cesarean births are associated with a higher rate of post- delivery complications (mostly to the mother) Breast Feeding  Lactation begins about 3 days after childbirth  Prolactin causes milk production and oxytocin causes milk letdown  World Health Organization recommends infants to be exclusively breast-fed for 6 months  Why? o Milk contains proteins which fight infection in addition to nutrients o Breast-fed babies have higher IQs as adults o Benefits for mothers as well Post-Partum Depression  15% of women experience Post-Partum Depression  .1% of women experience Post-Partum Psychosis  Stress hormones and endorphin levels rise through pregnancy and then fall after birth Infertility in Men  Average sperm count per ejaculate has dropped more than half in past 50 years o Endocrine problems o Drugs o Radiation o Infections  Many pollutants resemble estrogen (Bisphenol A, etc.) and act on estrogen receptor sites Infertility in Women  Structural problems of fallopian tube or uterus o Malformations, endometriosis, infections, and scar tissue  Failure to release egg o Often endocrine problem Gender Identity Levels of Sex Differentiation  Gender identity- the sex or gender that the individual feels themselves to be  Gender role- the culturally based summary of sex-specific behaviors  Sexual orientation- sexual preference  Legal sex- recognized as M or F by government agency (birth certificate, driver’s license)


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