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

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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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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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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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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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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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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: ...
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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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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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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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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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Can a Kids Taste in Foods be Affected by 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What aspects should we consider when choosing a name for our child?

I thought of this question while writing an answer to this related question. I think it would be useful to compile some ideas: When we were expecting our first child, we discovered how hard it can be ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What type of massages should a daddy perform on mummy who is pregnant?

Would appreciate if posters included diagrams or illustrations that show what massages a husband can perform on his wife who is pregnant (going to give birth in 3 to 4 months time) and help her to ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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Is cosmic radiation a concern for a pregnant airplane passenger?

I read somewhere that you get exposed to a non-negligible amount of radiation from the sun when you travel by air. Would this affect an unborn child's fragile DNA?!
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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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What cheeses are ok for pregnant women to eat?

A useful answer might be a comprehensive lists of cheeses which are ok, and of those which are not (are any of them ok in smaller quantities?) Alternatively is there a sure way of telling if a cheese ...
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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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How long should we try to conceive before consulting a doctor?

How long should a pair wait while trying to conceive before consulting a specialist doctor? Is it one year like most of the sites recommend, less or more?
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We're looking to get pregnant - what can we do to optimize our chances?

We've heard of some couples taking a long time to get pregnant, from the time when they decide to start. We're wondering what we can do to make the process faster.