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Pregnancy demonstrates the deterministic character of woman’s sexuality. Every pregnant woman has body and self taken over by a chthonian force beyond her control. In the welcome pregnancy, this is a happy sacrifice. But in the unwanted one, initated by rape or misadventure, it is a horror. Such unfortunate women look directly into nature’s heart of darkness. For a fetus is a benign tumor, a vampire who steals in order to live. The so-called miracle of birth is nature getting her own way. -- Camille Paglia, Sexual Personae (1990)
Pregnancy in film: Mom and Dad (1945) - Rosemary's Baby (1968) - Demon Seed (1977) - The Brood (1979) - more pregnancy in film
Anatomie des parties de la génértion de l’homme et de la femme
Paris, 1773. Colored mezzotint. National Library of Medicine
Jacques Fabien Gautier D’Agoty (1717-1785)
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Pregnancy is the process by which a mammalian female carries a live offspring from conception until it develops to the point where the offspring is capable of living outside the womb. It starts with conception, the process of fertilization to form a zygote, and ends in childbirth, miscarriage, or abortion.
In humans, pregnancy takes approximately 40 weeks between the time of the last menstrual cycle and delivery (38 weeks from fertilization). It is divided into three trimesters. The first trimester carries the highest risk of miscarriage, the unintentional abortion of a fetus. It is often a result of defects in the fetus, its parent, or damage caused after conception.
Euphemisms for pregnancy include 'expecting', 'bun in the oven', 'in the family way', 'knocked up' and 'eating for two.' --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pregnancy [Nov 2004]
MaieusiophiliaA sexual attraction to pregnant women
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