Regarding issues that arise during pregnancy (medical, legal, planning). See also the tag [maternity] for specifics regarding maternity-wear.

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How can I tactfully ask that people refrain from giving religious items at a baby shower?

My wife has a baby shower coming up in a month or so and we are not religious, but both of our extended families are Christian. We've seen other members of her family receive religious items, like ...
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Should I stop taking my prenatal vitamins?

I bought what I thought were the best quality prenatal vitamins. They are $100 a bottle and manufactured by Bayer pharmaceuticals in Germany. However, I was shocked by the list of excipients: "Each ...
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Actual date of conception

When ob-gyn performs US and says "Your pregnancy is of 6 weeks" what does it mean: (1) six weeks since last menses or from actual conception date? The question is related to some interesting story: ...
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Do high stress moments affect a fetus?

Recently my wife was driving and nearly hit a person who pulled out in front of her, and noticed a strong clenching in her stomach. There are quite a few websites indicating that a high-stress ...
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What are the health risks of having twins (or more)?

What are the health risks of being pregnant with twins, and how does it compare to being pregnant with just one child?
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What can be done to extend the fertility of a woman?

I want to ask the question: "what is the age cut-off for female fertility", but I think that varies a lot between women. Instead, I ask, what can be done to extend the fertility of a woman? ...
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How to maximize the probability of having twins [closed]

What can I do to maximize the probability of having twins? One of the reasons I ask is for wanting X amount of children and my partner and me being Y years old. It's easier to reach that numerical ...
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I don't want to be a father [closed]

I feel awful about this, but I can't keep my silence about it anymore. I'm a 25 year old man. I am a piano teacher and have a lot of entrepreneurial/artistic dreams and goals. I met a girl about two ...
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Flight travel during pregnancy

Can flying cause any problems during any stage of pregnancy ? Is there any harmful effect on the baby or mother ?
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Constipation problem in two months pregnancy

i am two months pregnant. Feeling constipation every two days. What should i take to get relieved of this problem? Pls somebody advice.
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Just found out pregnant and smoked marijuana

I just found out I am pregnant and I am 11 weeks. I am embarassed to admit I smoked marijunna (casually, not everyday) until I found out a few days ago. Aside from the health risks for my child, I am ...
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Morning sickness symptoms

I'm pregnant for the first time, and I've never really had morning sickness until recently. What are the normal signs and symptoms of morning sickness? What are some signs and symptoms I should look ...
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Do negative thoughts affect a foetus?

Do negative thoughts affect a foetus ? How do most new parents avoid negative thoughts - for example worrying intensely about birth deformities etc ?
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What level/type of exercise is safe during pregnancy?

Reading Can Pregnancy Weight Loss Be Good?, I stumble across "We know that exercise in pregnancy is safe for everybody," Artal says. "When we talk exercise, we talk about just walking -- a safe ...
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Consequences of smoking marijuana during pregnancy (especially first weeks)? [duplicate]

I just found out yesterday I am 4 weeks pregnant, I am a regular weed smoker I usually smoke once a day at night right before bed just a couple hits out of my pipe so I basically smoked every night ...
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What constitutes a Birth Plan

My wife and I are expecting our first within the next couple weeks, and while we have made significant preparations, we remain a little confused as to what constitutes a "Birth Plan" We have ...
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When will I feel the same attachment for my next child as my firstborn?

My second child is due towards the middle of next year. This was an expected, planned pregnancy. I have no worries or reservations about having another child. It's something my wife and I both wanted ...
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My wife is pregnant and I don't want to be part of it, what I should do? [duplicate]

My wife is pregnant with her 8th child. She has 3 from her first marriage, 2 more with another relation, and I married her and we have 2 more. She got pregnant while she has both an IUD and is on ...
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How does a woman prepare her body before becoming pregnant? [duplicate]

My husband and I are planning on conceiving a child in the next year and were wondering what types of things women should do to prepare their bodies for pregnancy? We are wondering about vitamins, ...
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How can I show my appreciation for my wife?

I have 3.5 month healthy baby girl and my wife and I seem to manage very well. I do not rely on other people and I am quite aware what others are able to do and how much effort goes into something. My ...
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Does excessive laughing while pregnant cause any harm to my baby?

I am 20 weeks pregnant. I want to know if excessive laughing can cause any harm to my baby?
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How are pregnancy ultrasounds administered?

I was wondering if hospitals let you take pictures of any ultrasound home? Also if so how large or small are they-what are the sizes of the prints? ?
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At what week will the doctor be able to determine my Baby's Sex

I have seen varying opinions from 12 weeks to 20 weeks. At what point in the gestation will the Doctor be able to ascertain the sex of the child, assuming there are no developmental complications. ...
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My wife wants a 4th child but I don't [duplicate]

We currently have a 3-year-old daughter and twin 2-year-old boys. We are both 32 years old and have decent jobs. I have many reservations on having another child, but my wife does not seem to want ...
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Teens concerned about impregnation through clothes [closed]

How active are you online? How much do you browse the internet? I was surprised to see that many teens ask the same question regarding what is called Dry Humping, which, in definition is: dry ...
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planning babies in a quick succession?

What are the pros and cons of planning babies in a quick succession and then stopping it altogether. e.g: planing one baby per year and then stopping at number three. Thus Is it a wise thing to get ...
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Will smoking weed during first week of being pregnant be harmful to my baby?

My wife and I didn't know we're pregnant and in a weekend fun with friends we smoked a bit of weed - we don't usually smoke weed or cigarettes. This is not something we're regulary doing as I said, ...
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Choosing a surname for child of unmarried couple

My partner and I are unmarried and so have different surnames. Neither of us feel particularly strongly that our (first) child should have one surname or the other. We've considered giving it a ...
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Why is the due date different in France than in the US?

There are several "due date calculators" out there, and they all pretty much seem to give the same due date ... except in France! See a striking example: ...
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Pros/cons of having two kids' birthdays on the same date [duplicate]

My wife is now going to discuss possibility of induced labour with her doctor and we might need to pick up the date for delivery of our second daughter. Our first daughter is turning 4 in couple of ...
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Is it safe for a pregnant woman to be around someone smoking “e-cigarettes”?

A co-worker of mine is pregnant, and was commenting that she was going to be visiting a friend of hers that smokes "e-cigarettes" (sometimes known as "vaping"). She was concerned that her friend ...
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Nursing an infant while being pregnant

If a mother gets pregnant within 2 months of a newborn, and wants to continue breastfeeding then what precautions she should take during the later trimesters? Will the newborn or the foetus be ...
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Disparity of 2 weeks from LMP. But, interval growth between the scanning is normal [closed]

My LMP is 5th May (05/05) when we did USG (scanning) on 6th October (06/10) the report said there is a disparity of 2 weeks from the LMP (BPD, HC and AC). We are really worried about this. Will this ...
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Stomach damage/sickness long after pregnancy?

My wife had quite a tough time during pregnancy. She had morning sickness all the way through, vomiting regularly, although not enough to put her in hospital or require treatment. She also had severe ...
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Coping with gestational diabetes

I had never been diabetic, but failed the glucose tolerance test during my pregnancy and have been diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes. I am under the care of a specialist and am on insulin and ...
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Can contact with cat feces be harmful for pregnant women?

Is it true that coming into contact with cat feces can harm the unborn baby of pregnant women, whether by a mishap handling kitty litter or gardening in an area where cats may have relieved ...
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Why do humans require assistance in childbirth so frequently?

I have always found this fascinating. We are the most intelligent beings on the earth. Still, a rat can give birth to its offspring all by itself, but why is that not happening with humans? Is it just ...
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Does the kid who is active at night in the womb retain his night activeness once he comes out?

I have always noticed that my kid (not born yet) is mostly active at night in the womb. I just wanted to know that will this activeness pattern have an effect on his sleeping schedule when he comes ...
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Pros and cons of C section (Cesarean) delivery?

Are prenatal classes worth it? +1 for mentioning the unexpected information about the c-section. No one wants to have a c-section with their first baby, but I know so many women who wound up ...
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What are the natural ways to increase the blood, and the amniotic acids flow to the uterus during pregnancy?

That's the question. What are the natural ways to increase the blood, and the amniotic acids flow to the uterus during pregnancy? What should be the duration and intensity of the exercises (if any)? ...
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At what month of pregnancy should the DHA intake be started?

My doctor has said that since the WHO's website doesn't mention that DHA (Docosahexaenoic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid) intake is compulsory, she won't be talking about it. I am referring to the ...
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What should be the ideal sleeping posture in the third trimester of pregnancy?

I have observed that in the seventh month when I lay down on the floor and turn right side (for a while), the baby starts kicking. Then when I turn on my back, the kickings decrease noticeably. Have ...
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Does a baby cry inside the womb?

Considering Music for gestation - what should baby be hearing while in the womb? that babies can hear sounds inside the womb, I also expect myself to hear the baby crying or making sounds inside the ...
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My wife wants a 4th baby, but I don't

My wife wants a 4th baby, but I don't. We have been talking about it for the last few days (talking strongly). I have raised points such as: We will get less time to spend with our current kids. ...
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Does the baby in the womb get effected by the mental state of the mother?

Yesterday for some reason I was quite depressed and frightened at night. For the first time I felt the baby kicking all night in my womb (6th month). Well, that can be a coincidence. Anyways, ...
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I am 10 weeks pregnant now, getting excessive saliva

I am 10 weeks pregnant now, getting excessive saliva, does that mean something? will it stop sometime soon? Anyone had the same issue? Thanks in advance
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Hyperemesis in second pregnancy if not in first?

This is my second pregnancy. I had pretty bad nausea and vomitting with my first child, but not bad enough to be HG. This time, I feel like the nausea and vomitting is much worse. I'm only about 7 ...
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What are the chances that my wife will give birth vaginally after having a caesarean section in a previous pregnancy?

My wife is now 4 months into our second pregnancy. Our first child was born via caesarean section. Our doctor told us that since the second child will be born within 2 years of the c-section, the ...
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How early should I start thinking about cloth diapers?

My girlfriend and I just got pregnant, she is eight weeks in. I have been reading a lot about cloth diapering, and I was wondering if it is too early to start thinking about this. Here are my ...
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How do I tell my parents that my wife and I are pregnant?

My wife and I are pregnant with our first child, and we want to find a unique and fun way to tell our parents.