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

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What is the black line on pregnant womens belly

There is a vertical black line on a womans belly (shes white caucasian). I heard that its a common fact. Where does this line come from? Does it have a biological function? I heard about a remnant ...
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What would happen if my girlfriend got pregnant?

I am twenty-seven years old, my girlfriend is nineteen years old, and we live in Indiana. I am a PhD student, and I teach classes to pay my tuition and rent. She is an undergraduate student, and she ...
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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 pregnancy due dates accurately measure maturity (and over maturity)?

Many doctors and midwives have strict restrictions on how far past the due date you can go before they'll induce labor. Some let you go 1 week, others 2 weeks. Many natural birth advocates claim that ...
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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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When should I take my pregnant wife to the hospital for nausea?

My wife is 12 weeks along with our first child and we are very excited to be parents next year. However, since about week 6, she has had quite a few bouts with nausea. We were quite aware that this ...
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Can an infant sense if their mother is pregnant

I have a 7 month son - he has became super clingy to me but gets very fussy with others including his father. Every time I feed him(breastfeeding) he always wants to put his butt in the air and ...
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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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If a pregnant woman's tummy is pressed hard, can the baby in her womb get hurt?

I am 22 weeks in my pregnancy and my baby does kick and stretch at times. Yesterday he poke a limb/head/butt out on my tummy which I could see a firm lump. I showed my friend, and she pressed on the ...
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Choosing same name as a friend, how to ask or annonce?

So there's a name that we liked for our baby but I have a childhood distant friend having the same name. Would she (yeah its a she) be offended if we name our baby after her? How do I approach or ...
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Is it normal for a husband to sleep significantly more while his wife is pregnant?

Since my wife is pregnant, I've been sleeping a lot more. I feel tired much much earlier (around 9~10 instead of midnight). Is this a documented known reaction? I've heard of/seen men gain weight, ...
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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? Basically,...
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Can a kid's taste preferences be affected by the mother consuming them during pregnancy?

Can a person alter what foods their kid will like in the future by consuming them during pregnancy?
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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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How do I get a toddler to play more gently now that I'm pregnant again?

I have a 2 year old son and another baby on the way. I just recently found out I'm pregnant but not sure how far just yet. My son rammed into my stomach like he is always doing but this time it made ...
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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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Can tummy tighening cause harm to the baby in the womb

Can the tightening of abdominal muscles harm my baby? I ask because while sitting down on the bed I lost my balance which led to my tummy tightening as I re-gained my balance. I am 26 weeks along.
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Pregnancy and the sauna/steam room

Are there any risks to either the mother or baby from using a sauna or steam room while pregnant? I know it's bad to stay for long periods in there, but what about short stays like 5 minutes, once a ...
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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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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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How hard does pressure on your stomach need to be to cause damage to a fetus? [duplicate]

The parking spaces at my work are very small and I had to squeeze out of my car this morning pressing against my belly pretty hard and now I cannot stop worrying about it. I'm 20 weeks pregnant with ...
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My wife had her first doctor's appointment and it took exactly 15 minutes is that ok?

My wife is 11 weeks pregnant and made appointment to one of the doctors around our area. When we went they did few tests on her but the doctor did not even talk to her nor ask her how her pregnancy ...
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Calculating gestational age of a baby

Does "gestational age" of an unborn child count from the first day of the last menstrual period of the mother?
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Delivery and gestaging age [duplicate]

My girlfriend's estimated delivery date is 23 Feb 2016. Our last intercource was on 7 may 2015 .last menstrual periods began on 01 april 2015. As per altrasound, Gestational age of the child today is ...
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Estimate date of concieve [duplicate]

My girlfriend's estimated delivery date is 23 Feb 2016. Our last intercourse was on 7 May 2015. I checked with some expected conception date calculators on the net. They all say that the conception ...
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Estimated Date of Conception

My girlfriend's estimated delivery date is 23 Feb 2016. Our last intercourse was on 7 May 2015. I checked with some expected conception date calculators on the net. They all say that the conception ...
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Can a toddler tell if their mother is pregnant?

My wife is in the early stages of pregnancy with our second baby. Our daughter, who is 1 year and 5 months old, has been acting unusually cranky. Some family members have mentioned that she's ...
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Is it usual to meet with a nurse practitioner instead of a doctor for a first prenatal visit?

I have scheduled my first prenatal visit since I am two-months pregnant. One of my friends referred me to one of her doctors. I have been told by my friend that the first visit is the most important, ...
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PREGNANT ON Flaka-PVP

My daughter is 29 weeks pregnant and has been smoking the drug "flakka" (bath salts, pvp, and crystal meth mixed). She has gone to one doctor appointment, but she is scared the Department of Children ...
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Will a mother's crazy work hours affect child development in the womb?

My wife sometimes has to work 24 hours straight at least twice every three weeks, and it is very taxing on her, and she usually doesn't fully get back to norm until the weekend. She is a programmer, ...
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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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Why would a hospital not allow the recording of a baby's ultrasound video while in the lab?

I took my wife to take our first ultrasound. I was told be an operator/receptionist while we made an appointment that it is OK to bring a camcorder with us. But when we were there, the ultrasound ...
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Could I have damaged my unborn baby in the womb?

I'm an intelligent and educated woman. I'm currently studying towards a Masters in Neuropsychology. On my reading list are books like 'early life origins of human health and disease' and 'only one ...
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Arguments for/against same birthday for siblings?

My son is born on October 1st three years ago. My wife is pregnant again and the calculated delivery date is October 22nd. We might end in a situation where the delivery is earlier, for reasons ...
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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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Maybe pregnant? [duplicate]

Can my 4 year old son tell if I am pregnant, and if so how far along do I have to be in order for him to tell? I should be about two weeks along. A couple of my co workers says I am, that they can ...
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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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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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How long should one wait between pregnancies?

I've read What is the least problematic age difference between siblings? but I had a different question. That question is rather "from a child's point of view: what age would you prefer your siblings ...
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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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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: http://www.babycenter.com/pregnancy-due-date-...
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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 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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Is it ok to be on diet while pregnant?

While pregnant (4 months), is it ok to "be careful"? Is it ok to avoid eating too much and bear hungry feelings some days?
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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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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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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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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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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 ...