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PREFACE
THE MOTHER AND HER CHILD-1.1
THE MOTHER AND HER CHILD-1.2
THE MOTHER AND HER CHILD-1.3
THE MOTHER AND HER CHILD-1.4
THE MOTHER AND HER CHILD-1.5
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.1
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.2
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.3
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.4
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.5
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.6
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.7
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.8
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.9
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.10
SEXUAL EDUCATION-2.11
SEXUAL EDUCATION AND NAKEDNESS-3.1
SEXUAL EDUCATION AND NAKEDNESS-3.2
SEXUAL EDUCATION AND NAKEDNESS-3.3
SEXUAL EDUCATION AND NAKEDNESS-3.4
THE VALUATION OF SEXUAL LOVE-4.1
THE VALUATION OF SEXUAL LOVE-4.2
THE VALUATION OF SEXUAL LOVE-4.3
THE VALUATION OF SEXUAL LOVE-4.4
THE FUNCTION OF CHASTITY-5.1
THE FUNCTION OF CHASTITY-5.2
THE FUNCTION OF CHASTITY-5.3
THE FUNCTION OF CHASTITY-5.4
THE FUNCTION OF CHASTITY-5.5
THE FUNCTION OF CHASTITY-5.6
THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL ABSTINENCE-6.1
THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL ABSTINENCE-6.2
THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL ABSTINENCE-6.3
THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL ABSTINENCE-6.4
THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL ABSTINENCE-6.5
THE PROBLEM OF SEXUAL ABSTINENCE-6.6
PROSTITUTION-7.1
PROSTITUTION-7.2
PROSTITUTION-7.3
PROSTITUTION-7.4
PROSTITUTION-7.5
PROSTITUTION-7.6
PROSTITUTION-7.7
PROSTITUTION-7.8
PROSTITUTION-7.9
PROSTITUTION-7.10
PROSTITUTION-7.11
PROSTITUTION-7.12
PROSTITUTION-7.13
PROSTITUTION-7.14
PROSTITUTION-7.15
FOOTNOTES-1
FOOTNOTES-2

if it were necessary, to forbid intercourse during pregnancy.[14] 

 

During recent years, nevertheless, there has been an increasingly strong 

tendency among obstetricians to speak decisively concerning intercourse 

during pregnancy, either by condemning it altogether or by enjoining great 

prudence. It is highly probable that, in accordance with the classical 

experiments of Dareste on chicken embryos, shocks and disturbances to the 

human embryo may also produce injurious effects on growth. The disturbance 

due to coitus in the early stages of pregnancy may thus tend to produce 

malformation. When such conditions are found in the children of perfectly 

healthy, vigorous, and generally temperate parents who have indulged 

recklessly in coitus during the early stages of pregnancy it is possible 

that such coitus has acted on the embryo in the same way as shocks and 

intoxications are known to act on the embryo of lower organisms. However 

this may be, it is quite certain that in predisposed women, coitus during 

pregnancy causes premature birth; it sometimes happens that labor pains 

begin a few minutes after the act.[15] The natural instinct of animals 

refuses to allow intercourse during pregnancy; the ritual observance of 

primitive peoples very frequently points in the same direction; the voice 

of medical science, so far as it speaks at all, is beginning to utter the 

same warning, and before long will probably be in a position to do so on 

the basis of more solid and coherent evidence. 

 

Pinard, the greatest of authorities on puericulture, asserts that 

there must be complete cessation of sexual intercourse during the 

whole of pregnancy, and in his consulting room at the Clinique 

Baudelocque he has placed a large placard with an "Important 

Notice" to this effect. Fere was strongly of opinion that sexual 

relations during pregnancy, especially when recklessly carried 

out, play an important part in the causation of nervous troubles 

in children who are of sound heredity and otherwise free from all 

morbid infection during gestation and development; he recorded in 

detail a case which he considered conclusive ("L'Influence de 

l'Incontinence Sexuelle pendant la Gestation sur la Descendance," 

_Archives de Neurologie_, April, 1905). Bouchacourt discusses the 

subject fully (_La Grossesse_, pp. 177-214), and thinks that 

sexual intercourse during pregnancy should be avoided as much as 

possible. Fuerbringer (Senator and Kaminer, _Health and Disease in 

Relation to Marriage_, vol. i, p. 226) recommends abstinence from 

the sixth or seventh month, and throughout the whole of pregnancy 

where there is any tendency to miscarriage, while in all cases 

much care and gentleness should be exercised. 

 

The whole subject has been investigated in a Paris Thesis by H. 

Brenot (_De L'Influence de la Copulation pendant la Grossesse_, 

1903); he concludes that sexual relations are dangerous 

throughout pregnancy, frequently provoking premature confinement 

or abortion, and that they are more dangerous in primiparae than 

in multiparae. 

 

Nearly everything that has been said of the hygiene of pregnancy, and the 

need for rest, applies also to the period immediately following the birth 

of the child. Rest and hygiene on the mother's part continue to be 

necessary alike in her own interests and in the child's. This need has 

indeed been more generally and more practically recognized than the need 

for rest during pregnancy. The laws of several countries make compulsory a 

period of rest from employment after confinement, and in some countries 


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