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Article: Baking a Bun in the Oven -- Zalanthian Pregnancy
« on: April 19, 2009, 08:46:47 PM »
Baking a Bun in the Oven: Zalanthian Pregnancy

  • Pregnancy Prevention
  • Time Translations
  • First Trimester
  • Second Trimester
  • Third Trimester
  • Playing a Midwife/Medic
  • Not the Modern Day

Players who have gone through all the sections of the General Information know that there's a section on Pregnancy, but a player who is role-playing the long, challenging process is left to do their own research, or an approximation of symptoms. What are the various Trimesters like? What, other then morning sickness, will the side-effects of pregnancy be? Hopefully, this article will be able to provide a basis for players who would be interested in playing out pregnancy. Remember that this article is just an over-view, and should certainly feel free to do some research about pregnancy on your own.

Please note that this article contains  player advice and ideas; it's not all hard fact supported by staff. If you have questions or comments on this, please don't post them here. Posting them here will defeat the point of the thread. There is a commentary thread HERE.

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Re: Article: Baking a Bun in the Oven -- Zalanthian Pregnancy
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2009, 08:47:15 PM »

Pregnancy Prevention

Some players choose to use virtual Mul Mix, the primary method of Zalanthian birth control, but there actually IS a hard-coded mul-mix, available in both City-States. However, it's possible you might get pregnant even with Mul Mix; it doesn't necessarily prevent things 100% of the time. Pregnancy is an entirely voluntary choice on the part of the player, of course. Also, the prescription for Mul Mix is to ingest it before you get to the naughty stuff; which can be an interesting option for role-play.

Remember, if you're a Mul, you CAN'T get pregnant, or impregnate someone. It's also highly unlikely a dwarf/human pairing would make a mul, as Borsail and Winrothol (to a lesser extent) hoard and make immense profits out of breeding muls. If it was that simple, then everyone would have a slave mul handy. If you're hoping for a child along these lines, or having a PC experiment with things of this nature, email the staff to get appropriate results/reactions.

Another consideration to make is "Natural" birth control, or the woman timing her periods and having sex only at certain time to try and prevent fertilization. It's FAR from fool proof. There's also withdrawal (meaning, the male partner doesn't hold it in for the release of the sperm). You can also make up superstitions about what prevents pregnancy, possibly have amulets and the like that your PC firmly believes will protect them. It could also be that there's a grain of truth in that belief, who knows? There is no way for a PC to become pregnant unless they choose it, but ICly there should be reasons for this.
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Re: Article: Baking a Bun in the Oven -- Zalanthian Pregnancy
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2009, 08:49:03 PM »
Time Translations

Quote from: General_Pregnancy
The average gestational length for humans is 40 weeks at 7 days a week. This equates to about nine months real time. To translate that into Armageddon time it would most likely be around five real-life weeks (approximately a little less than one game-year since there are 3 months in a game-year) with one month being slightly longer than a traditional trimester. Also, you might consider a longer gestational period if your character is a non-human, since both dwarves and elves have longer life spans than humans with slower development. That might also reflect back into the pregnancy as well.

That's a good explanation of the time-frame, in written form. However, sometimes just written form can be confusing, especially considering all the time frames involved. This section will contain some diagrams to help player understanding. In addition, terms in this section will be specifically used. RL time will refer to the actual time a PLAYER will have pass while their character is pregnant. Earth time will refer to the amount of time a person on earth would spend being pregnant, and going through the various trimesters. Zalanthian time will refer to how long a character in Zalanthas will spent being pregnant, in terms of IC time.



From that, it's clear that four months in earth-time is equal to one month in Zalanthian time. This isn't exact, but in the character creation stage, it's stated that Zalanthian years bear a strong resemblance to earth years, so it's close enough for the purposes of timing pregnancy.



Now, here's where it starts to get a little more complex. A Zalanthian month, or one of the three outlined bars in the total year, is roughly two-weeks RL time (or time that the player will be playing the character). That makes a Zalanthian pregnancy about four and a half weeks of RL time.



A Zalanthian month, or one of the three outlined bars in the total year, is roughly two-weeks RL time (or time that the player will be playing the character). That makes a Zalanthian Trimester about a week and a half of RL time.


If you have a non-human PC, and you're having a baby, the time frames might be different since the different races mature at different rates. Here's what the starting ages for each of the standard races are:

Quote from: Nyr
Human starting age = 13
Elf starting age = 18
Dwarf starting age = 20
Half-giant starting age = 16
Half-elf starting age = 15

While it's uncertain if the time proportions are the same in reguards to human pregnancy length/age and other race pregnancy length/age, for the purpose of calculating this, it will be assumed that the ratios are the same.

It's known that the human starting age is 13. Next, convert that into Earth months.

13 years = 156 months
9 Earth months pregnant/156 months = .05769

Then the proportion for the pregnancy time for a race is about 5.7% of their starting age, in earth months. Therefore:







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Re: Article: Baking a Bun in the Oven -- Zalanthian Pregnancy
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2009, 08:49:40 PM »
First Trimester

In earth time, the first trimester is three months. RL time, a player will play about a week and a half for each Zalanthian trimester. See the previous section "Time Translation" for details.


  • Tender/swollen breasts - Hey, babies drink milk, and so a woman's body gets ready to provide the food. Pregnancy sees an increase in chest size (even more so if the PC breastfeeds a baby), and also can lead to a saggy chest and stretch marks. Wear some support to help prevent that, sturdy virtual bras are highly advised. Also, a player might consider the effects this will have on how clothing and the less flexible armor fit will change.

  • Exhaustion/Fatigue - As if wandering around Zalanthas wasn't tiring enough, a pregnant PC can experience a feeling of immense tiredness, even if they've slept well at night. Often times in RL women will work less hours and day some days off if this becomes too overwhelming. Eventually, the fatigue will subside as the woman's body gets more used to the increased demands of it.

  • Mood Swings - Yes, nearly everyone has heard about the immense horrors that are hormonal, pregnant women. It's not always irritation or anger, but more often then not, it is. A story to illustrate this point is actually NOT about a pregnant woman, but just a mother. She was driving along in a WVB Beetle, and a Semi-Truck cut in front of her, nearly taking off her front bumper. She followed him, and forced him to pull over-- In her VWB Bug. That was a mother, and mothers are extremely protective, but take that story and consider what happens if you add pregnancy hormones to it. Not every case is so extreme, of course, but the people around you are very likely to think your PC is irrational.

  • Morning Sickness - This is actually a cover-all term for nausea and vomiting, and it doesn't have to happen in the morning. Pregnant woman often have an incredibly sharp sense of smell, and nausea can be caused by a smell that even reminds her of something that would induce vomiting. In Allanak, that makes things particularly interesting, since the Gaj has maggoty meat, burnt meat, and there's a large corpse pile baking out under Suk-Krath. Usually after the First Trimester, morning sickness fades. It's incredibly rare that this will prevent a woman from getting enough food for herself and her child.

  • Running for the Latrine - Pregnant women have to pee. ALOT. They can also get constipated, an unpleasant mix. Fruit and vegetables will help prevent constipation.

  • Dizziness - Now your PC won't have to Way or drink to feel dizzy or light-headed, as this can oftentimes effect pregnant woman. Even fainting can sometimes occur. A player might wish to self-impose new points of passing out when Waying, or getting headaches. To prevent dizziness, you have your PC can sit down, and rest their head between their knees until the feeling passes.

  • Cravings - That's right, women get cravings for the oddest things during pregnancy. Tastes change, too, and sometimes things the woman liked before this will taste disgusting to them now. Cravings are the body's way of getting the nutrients they lack. While they can vary immensely, some IC things done before have been melons, or steak. Have fun with it, get cravings for the oddest dishes, or some specially seasoned dish from another city-state.


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Re: Article: Baking a Bun in the Oven -- Zalanthian Pregnancy
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2009, 08:50:21 PM »
    Second Trimester

    In earth time, the second trimester is months 4-6 of pregnancy. RL time, a player will play about a week and a half for a Zalanthian trimester. See the previous section "Time Translation" for details. Some of the side-effects of pregnancy that were experienced in the first trimester will fade, while some will stay. Morning sickness can end at around this time for some women, while others will still experience it, for example. Some women even say that during second trimester, they've felt better then they've ever felt before.

    • Size changes - This is when the pregnancy starts to show. In this time, women become clumsier as their center of balance shifts, and it becomes harder for them to get around. Your PC's normal clothes or armor will probably not fit them anymore, and buying new clothes just for this time or RPing out getting your clothes tailored to be looser are things to consider.

    • Skin Changes - Coming along with the change in size are stretch marks. Some woman don't have any at all, while others have very plain stretch marks. Usually, they fade away after the birth of the baby, and aren't too noticeable, though there are always exceptions. In addition, the flouting hormone levels can give rise to acne, and considering the amount of heat, sweat, and sun in Zalanthas, the problem is probably far more likely to happen to your PC. Finally, another thing that can occur is that sections of skin can change in color (pigmentation) becoming lighter or darker. That should also go away after the baby is born.

    • Pain and Aches - In addition to stretch marks and a changing center of balance, the growth of the uterus can also cause aches and pains. Back pain, heart burn, abdominal pain and leg cramps are all common. If your PC has an experienced midwife (be it NPC, vNPC or PC) they may suggest exercises designed to minimize the amount of pain and muscle stress. It is highly unlikely that a woman at this stage of pregnancy would be doing any hunting or sparring, as her balance would be poor and not only is she more likely to injure herself, but it would also risk the baby. It's unlikely that even "safe" sparring could be managed, later in the second trimester, although the second trimester is less likely to have a miscarriage occur then the first trimester.

    • Movement - The pregnant PC will be able to start to feel the baby move inside of them, and mid to late trimester, the baby's movements will even be able to be felt by those on the outside. Feeling the baby kick can be very exciting for a PC's partner and friends alike, but it can cause trouble, particularly if the baby kicks mommy's bladder.

    • Nesting - Nesting can start as early as now, or later in the third trimester. The pregnant PC will become (consciously or not) very picky, even obsessed about keeping things neat and clean. Maybe the furniture isn't right. Maybe the baby will choke on things left on that new table. Maybe the couple needs a crib NOW. Everything has to be perfect, and nothing seems to be to a pregnant woman's satisfaction.


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    Re: Article: Baking a Bun in the Oven -- Zalanthian Pregnancy
    « Reply #5 on: April 19, 2009, 08:51:11 PM »
    Third Trimester

    In earth time, the third trimester is months 7-9 of pregnancy. RL time, a player will play about a week and a half for a Zalanthian trimester. See "Time Translation" in a previous section for details. This is the last stretch, they're almost there!

    • Weight Gain - Over the course of the pregnancy, a woman will gain weight. In Earth terms, the "average" amount of weight gain is 25-35 pounds, or in Zalanthian terms, roughly 11-16 stones. Usually around 10 pounds of that, or 5 stones of that is in the third trimester.

    • Lack of Breath - Your PC will easily get short of breath, and often feel like they can't get enough air. In actuality, the woman's body will take deeper breaths, to compensate for the less amount of oxygen that can be gotten in a normal breath, so they'll be getting about the same amount of oxygen. However, it might be prudent to consider the effects of too much running or walking on your PC, particularly if there are thick Dust Storms. In the Earth timeline, this shortness of breath will cease a few weeks before pregnancy.

    • Old and New - Many symptoms, like aches and pains, will still be around. Your PC might also get a "leaky bladder" or hemorrhoids.



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    Re: Article: Baking a Bun in the Oven -- Zalanthian Pregnancy
    « Reply #6 on: April 19, 2009, 08:52:19 PM »
    Playing a Midwife/Medic

    This section is by no means conclusive, and players of a medic, or those using a vNPC medic are advised to do further research on their own. Please also remember that different Zalanthian cultures may have different approaches to pregnancy, including superstitions, etc. Most of what is covered in this section is advice to help the pregnant PC during pregnancy, and it doesn't really cover what to do when delivering the baby. Please also remember that if you are playing a medic, don't just take this information and have your PC instantly know it. Have a reason as to what they know, how much they know, and how they learned it. You may or may not to be this detailed in your care.


    • Breathing Assistance - Advise the pregnant woman to practice her posture, both sitting and standing with a straight back and their shoulders relaxed into a natural down and back position. Some aerobic exercise can help improve breathing and lower the woman's heart rate, but a medic should make sure any exercise routine isn't too stressful or overtaxing. When relaxing or trying to sleep, if the pregnant PC lies on pillows on her side, it can help reduce the pressure to what on Earth we know as the diaphragm. A medic might make up a myth for this, or say that it's relaxing the lungs.


    • Constipation Prevention - Advise the pregnant PC that if they drink more water, and eat more fruits and vegetables, this will help prevent constipation. Exercising more can also help, and fruit juices can work well, too. On Earth, prune juice is supposed to be a famously effective remedy, and a savvy player could substitute a Zalanthian equivalent.


    • Heartburn Prevention - As oppose to taking large meals that stuff you to the brim, and few and far between, advise the woman to instead eat frequently, but in small amounts, to not overfill their stomach. Some movements or positions can increase the problem, so have the PC avoid them when they notice them. In addition, have her not lie on her back, but prop herself up with pillows, and when picking things up bend her knees and ease down, rather then bending from the waist as is usual.


    • Avoiding Back Pain - As with assisting in breathing, posture plays a pivotal role in helping to prevent or ease back pain. The pregnant PC should stand with their pelvis tucked in, and their shoulders relaxed to down and back. If the PC is standing for a long time, advise them to rest a foot on a low stool, or maybe a bar rung. If they have to sit for an extended period, slightly elevating their feet can help, and they should avoid crossing their legs, and take a break (yes, a break from sitting) what would be every half-hour in Earth time. Again, as with preventing heartburn, the pregnant woman should be careful about lifting things, bending at the knees as oppose to from the waist and lifting by pushing with the thighs, NOT with their arms and back.


    • Kegel Exercises - That's an Earth term, of course. The Kegel Exercises are meant to prevent sudden accidents, should the woman's bladder get away from her. The woman is to tighten and release pelvic muscles, and practice by doing it four or five times in a row, on and off for ten seconds or so.

    Ancient Practices

    Because this is not supposed to be a guide on how to play a medic playing the role of a midwife, it will only touch briefly on some of the issues and practices that occured historicly here on earth.

    • In ancient Rome, rarely were sedatives given
    • Well-trained midwives had high social status, and other local ones might use charms and amulets
    • In Rennisance times, the woman's genitals and belly would be rubbed with oil to hasten delivery
    • In Rennisance times, the woman's ankle might be given a cut, so the bloodletting could hasten pregnancy
    • If a baby could not be delivered, a surgeon might be called as a last resort to hack apart the baby inside, and save the life of the mother
    • Fevers, narrow or deformed pelvises, hemmorraging after birth and fevers were the leading causes of death in the 1400-1800s
    • C-section-- Might be used if the mother was dying to save the baby
    • In pre-modern Europe 3-5 children died in their first year of life


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    Re: Article: Baking a Bun in the Oven -- Zalanthian Pregnancy
    « Reply #7 on: April 19, 2009, 08:52:52 PM »
    Not the Modern Day

    Zalanthas is NOT the modern day. If you are a commoner, odds are you have lived your life in squallor and filth; nevermind if you are far worse off, like a Rinthi or Undertuluki. Pregnancy is a very real risk, and often results on the death of the mother, the babiy, or both. Many vNPCs die everyday because of failed births. As a player, your PC will not suffer from death due to their pregnancy unless you wish it, but that doesn't mean that the risks should be casually tossed aside. There is far less understanding of germs and sanitation. There are no modern hospitals, and many drugs that can affect a child's health that the mother may or may not even know about. A Tuluki may continue to smoke spice through pregnancy, a 'Nakki drink.

    Some Houses, such as Upatal, are known for bearing twins, but nobles have the finest medical care available in Zalanthas. Twins are extremely uncommon, and a commoner with twins has an even higher-risk birth. For a commoner, twins would be nearly unheard of, and death exceedingly likely. Triplets would be unheard of, and the unfortunate to bear them would probably die, as well as the children. In an unforgiving, harsh world, even if a PC makes it through the pregnancy, it can still be the end of them. Employers won't neccessarily be merciful on the fact that someone they hired is unable to work for an extended period of time.  Even when a baby is born, there is no guarantee that it will live long. Many tribes in Africa don't even name their children until after a month or two, because of the death rate. Other earth tribes consider twins a curse, and will kill either one or both of the children. While in 'Nak, gemmers may seem the safest way to go, it is highly unlikely a commoner would let magick NEAR their baby, for fear of what it could do.

    This is not the clean safe world of modern times. Pregnancy is not safe, nor is living through it (never mind the child living through it) guaranteed. As a player, you probably don't want your PC to die for the sake of realism, or spent too much time covering every detail of RPing out pregnancy. This is, after all, a game and the goal is fun. However, keeping in mind the realities of the world your PC lives in is important, as well as reflecting that on some level.
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    Re: Article: Baking a Bun in the Oven -- Zalanthian Pregnancy
    « Reply #8 on: April 19, 2009, 08:53:28 PM »
    After the Birth

    Whew, your PC made it. They had babies, they lived through the pregnancy but now what? It's important for a player not to forget that they now have a vNPC babies that needs caring and providing for. New parents are often kept up at night by a child's cries, and a mother will need to be there to feed the baby. Baby-raising is almost a full time job in and of it's self. They're stinky, messy, and cry alot. Where are you getting diapers? What are you using for baby food? A crib?

    In some cultures, babies will be raised by the elderly, or those specificly designated to do so. Many players often "hire a nursemaid" as a solution as well, for the sake of playability. However, one might keep in mind that any cheap labor is not without risks (say, having your entire apartmetn looted, or your baby sold into slavery), even if those risks are a virtual threat. As a baby gets older, it will have different needs and present new challanges. Pregnancy is only the start, not the end of things.

    On a final note, please also remember that this is Zalanthas, and that having a baby does not mean the biological father will feel any sense of responsibility. Indeed, the most common attitude would probably be that it is the woman's problem. It would not be considered a way to keep or attach a potential mate, as might be done on earth. Infact, doing something as such, just to try and lay claim to someone, would be hardly concevible. Not only because of the unlikelihood of it, but because of the incredible danger of it, as well.
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    Re: Article: Baking a Bun in the Oven -- Zalanthian Pregnancy
    « Reply #9 on: July 30, 2009, 05:52:31 PM »
    If you have questions or comments on this, please don't post them here. Posting them here will defeat the point of the thread. There is a commentary thread HERE.
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