Pregnant women are a turn-on for some men , and sexual imprinting may offer an uncomfortable explanation for this phenomenon. Sexual imprinting is how animals learn to choose suitable mates, usually by observing their parents at a tender age. And if mom is pregnant, pregnancy is attractive. Ghirlanda recently conducted a study on this very subject. Goats who were raised by sheep mothers tend to only be sexually responsive to sheep. A giant panda once famously refused to mate with another panda, but propositioned a zookeeper. Sexual imprinting in humans is more controversial, because the human brain is still not well-understood. For this new study, Ghirlanda and colleagues recruited 2, people from pregnancy and lactation fetish online groups.
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Hot, sticky weather can be uncomfortable for anyone. But for pregnant women, the summer heat may be particularly risky. That's because getting too hot or dehydrated can pose a risk of pregnancy complications, experts say. Dehydration "can create a lot of potential problems" for pregnant women, said Dr. As a general rule, doctors caution pregnant women to avoid being in "any situation where they get too hot," Aftab told Live Science. One worry is that hyperthermia , or abnormally high body temperature, in early pregnancy may increase the risk of birth defects. In particular, there's evidence that women who experience hyperthermia in the first six to eight weeks of pregnancy are at higher risk of having babies with defects of the brain or spinal cord known as neural tube defects , such as spina bifida , Aftab said. Women may develop hyperthermia from a fever, exposure to excessively hot temperatures outside or even a dip in a hot tub. Indeed, the Mayo Clinic advises women to spend no more than 10 minutes in a hot tub due to the risk of hyperthermia.
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Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds. Pregnant women attract men for many reasons, including their telltale "glow. Story highlights CNN's Shanon Cook remembers men flirting with her while she was pregnant Sex educators say the attraction is not uncommon Experts say it might be because women find new confidence during pregnancy Another theory: Men know pregnant women are able to reproduce. I recently saw video of an interview I'd done a couple years ago, when I was ginormously pregnant. Next to Annie Lennox, I was nine months along, with body parts bloated beyond recognition and heading in directions they normally don't. My breasts were falling to the sides -- why had someone not told me to wear a more effective push-up bra? I swear, I counted one, two -- no, three -- chins below my overly smoky eye shadow.
But do you also need to literally keep your cool to protect your growing baby? Yes — to a degree no pun intended. Medical research shows that over heating during pregnancy can put your baby at risk. These complications are called neural tube defects. That pregnancy glow is very likely part joy and part flushing from heat. Your skin may feel warmer to touch. At the beginning of your pregnancy, new hormones are like little workers that help keep everything humming along smoothly. These hormonal changes also raise your body temperature a small amount.