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Learning to trust the vasectomy

I'm very pro-coitus but very anti-pregnancy, so my super fantastic husband got a vasectomy (YAY!). Today got his three month post-op all clear. Also yay! So, uh, why am I still scared to go off the pill? [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson on Sep 30, 2015 - 27 answers

Eliminating ants during pregnancy

Our house is being invaded by serious quantities of ants, probably Argentine ants. Because I'm pregnant, I'm not sure what to do about it. Because we have renters, we can't just manage them and put up with it. [more inside]
posted by slidell on Sep 28, 2015 - 31 answers

Does our decision to get an abortion mean that our relationship is bad?

My boyfriend and I have only been together for ten months, but things have moved really quickly. He moved in with me, and we have talked a lot about future plans. I just found out that I am pregnant, and we are leaning toward having an abortion. I can't help but to feel that if neither of us want to have a baby with each other, then our relationship is probably not as strong as I thought. [more inside]
posted by Wizzow on Sep 28, 2015 - 39 answers

Pregnant finally, but full of shame, guilt, and anxiety

My husband and I finally conceived after months and months of trying, but I made a ton of mistakes before I knew and I am completely beating myself up. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 28, 2015 - 57 answers

Pregnant and Listeria Anxiety?

You are not my doctor, but perhaps you can help me anyway. I'm 17 weeks pregnant; two weeks ago, I had a low fever, sudden vomiting (in the absence of any previous morning sickness), and some flu-like symptoms. My doctor gave me IV fluids and sent me home. Now I'm worried I had listeria. Help? [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy on Sep 22, 2015 - 10 answers

Tell me about pregnancy in your country.

I'm pregnant, and I've read a range of US-centric books about being pregnant/having a baby. I'm now curious to look at resources about pregnancy in other countries. Thoughts? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Sep 21, 2015 - 23 answers

Bye bye baby! Travel during third trimester.

My boyfriend and I are planning a babymoon over Thanksgiving or Christmas. For work reasons, Christmas would be more convenient for me, however, I'd be 7 months pregnant (I'm due at the end of February). Is this a foolhardy venture? [more inside]
posted by Everydayville on Sep 11, 2015 - 33 answers

Capsule wardrobe: early pregnancy edition

Hi Metafilterers! I very much need clothes for work and for home. Everything I own is worn out. Oh, AND I'm pregnant. That's what's forcing me to the store now: two of my four shirts no longer fit. But I'm hoping to be strategic about buying clothes for now *and* the future. Tips? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Sep 3, 2015 - 26 answers

Where can I find dollar store pregnancy tests in NYC?

Where can I find those cheap dollar store pregnancy tests in NYC *right now*? This shouldn't be that hard, but all the cheap-o dollar stores in my neighborhood don't seem to carry them anymore. Do you know of a store in Brooklyn (preferably off the B/Q) or in Manhattan (south of 34th St, also preferably off the B/Q) that carries those super cheap at-home pregnancy tests? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 28, 2015 - 3 answers

Gifts for partner recovering from pregnancy termination

My partner is recovering from a pregnancy termination. What can I get for her that will help her through the extended cramps and bleeding that may last up to a month? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 13, 2015 - 10 answers

Tell me about your pregnancy!

I'm looking for podcasts that have in-depth, first person accounts of pregnancy and childbirth. [more inside]
posted by frizzle on Aug 10, 2015 - 5 answers

I am surrounded by childfree couples. How do I announce my pregnancy?

After years of unsuccessfully trying to start a family, my partner and I have resigned ourselves to the idea of never having children and fully embraced a childfree lifestyle with a busy social life, lots of travelling, sports and fun hobbies. I just found out I am 8 weeks pregnant. [more inside]
posted by Karotz on Aug 10, 2015 - 49 answers

How is babby is formed, 1980s edition

"When a Mummy and a Daddy love each other very much..." is the default amusing quote for pretending to explain the facts of life to children. It is enough of a meme it must come from somewhere. But where? [more inside]
posted by slightlybewildered on Aug 8, 2015 - 15 answers

Talk to me about Rh factor and pregnancy

After a miscarriage at 12 weeks, it seems that I might be Rh negative or 'lightly positive'. This comes as a surprise since I was told during my first pregnancy that I was Rh positive. My gynecologist and GP keep telling me it's not a big deal, but should I be worried? What else should I know about borderline Rh factor? [more inside]
posted by brambory on Aug 4, 2015 - 11 answers

How to handle having kids after everyone else around you has

Our friends and family have kids already at one and two+ years old. We're at that age where people in our social circle have started families. And we're not pregnant... again. We're overall positive, though, and this AskMe isn't about getting pregnant. We're very confident that it'll happen, or we'll adopt, or whatever – no need to give answers about that, please. But, I agonize that by the time we have a kid, that all of the kids of our friends will be too old to play together, that our friends will have moved on from wanting to hang out with a newborn, that they'll have "passed us by", or that basically we won't be able to share experiences with them and in turn we'll lose them as friends. So, I'm looking for support or advice from folks who might have been in the same situation as us. Did you end up having kids a few years after your friends/social circle? Did it turn out alright? Any positives?
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2015 - 26 answers

Happy or Sad

How do I deal with my unexpected strong feelings about my estranged father's death in light of my recent discovery that I am pregnant? [more inside]
posted by dissolvedgirl22 on Jul 27, 2015 - 19 answers

Where on earth do you get pregnant human pee?

I was looking for a good place to buy equine chorionic gonadotropic (eCG) hormone for science reasons today and stumbled across this listing for the more commonly used hCG. It's listed as being sourced from "Human Pregnancy Urine." Where on earth do biomedical companies get enough human pregnancy urine to distill a compound like this? Is there some sort of secret cottage industry of pregnant ladies selling their pee to biotech companies? Where does the pee come from?
posted by sciatrix on Jul 24, 2015 - 4 answers

What To Expect When You're Totally Neurotic

I'm in my first trimester of pregnancy (Week 7) and making myself miserable worrying about all the ways I might be injuring the baby. How can I return to a more balanced state of mind about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 20, 2015 - 23 answers

Can pregnancy and an art studio mix?

I recently learned I was pregnant. Just before that, I put down a deposit on a rented workspace. Artists work in adjacent spaces, using paint, pens, etc. The place does not actually smell fume-y. Should I be worried about safety? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jul 16, 2015 - 16 answers

Privacy and Pregnancy

I'm a very private person. I'm also pregnant, and starting to show, and having issues with the fact that I can't keep this as private as I normally would something like this. My main question is about when to tell people at work, but I'm also concerned about strangers and just people in general. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 14, 2015 - 26 answers

Is there another E in my future?

37 weeks with baby #2. Traces of protein in my urine, blood pressure tip toeing up, very minor pitting. Is pre e coming my way again or normal end of pregnancy stuff. [more inside]
posted by MayNicholas on Jul 9, 2015 - 8 answers

Starting a new job during early pregnancy

Recently hired at a decent job with good benefits. The job requires some occasional heavy lifting. The hiring process was long and in the meantime I have become pregnant (yay!). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2015 - 10 answers

Pregnant and Uninsured in the US -- help!

I am not irresponsible! I am a US Citizen who lives in a European country, where I am on state health insurance. We are back in the US for three months, and have temporary, emergency health insurance here. (We are not eligible, as non US residents, for ACA insurance.) I find myself unexpectedly but happily pregnant, with a few more months in the US to go before we return. How do I get prenatal care? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 30, 2015 - 12 answers

Lies, Damn Lies, and Pregnancy Statistics

There is a statistic that gets thrown at all women trying to get pregnant stating that each month that you only have a 20% chance of getting pregnant assuming each partner is fertile and otherwise healthy. This seems super low (and depressing and discouraging) to me. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Suffocating Kitty on Jun 17, 2015 - 19 answers

Father's Day Surprise - Grandparents-to-Be Edition

Anonymous as it's too early to officially announce - but I'm pregnant with a VERY wanted baby. Help me figure out a creative way to tell my parents over Father's day weekend! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 10, 2015 - 22 answers

Clothing for the pregnant lady: non-maternity edition

I'm pregnant. It's about to become disgusting hot and gross out. What do I wear? [more inside]
posted by snickerdoodle on Jun 5, 2015 - 16 answers

Don't think about a pink elephant!

How do I stop thinking about my legs?I'm late pregnant and a lot of my previous sleep restlessness (which I asked about here) has resolved... But each night, once I THINK about my legs, I can't stop thinking about them and afraid of feeling twitchy and eventually even if they felt fine before, they end up driving me mad. [more inside]
posted by catspajammies on Jun 4, 2015 - 9 answers

So, we're having a baby

It's too early to share with parents, friends, and colleagues, but just the right time to open up to a bunch of internet strangers. Mrs. BJW and I are 9 weeks pregnant. (YAY!!) I would like to ask the hive for help finding 2 things: First, a website that I saw referenced here but can no longer find. Second, the current best "What to Expect" book out there. [more inside]
posted by bluejayway on May 22, 2015 - 24 answers

Prenatal Screening

Just found out that we are expecting our first child. We are about 8 weeks along! We are lucky enough to split out time between Kentucky and Florida. Currently, I am seeing two different doctors, one in each state, as we travel back and forth a bit. Coming up on 10 weeks, both doctors have recommended prenatal screening. One office recommends a "Sequential Screen" test (also called Integrated Screen as well as a Quad screen). The other office offers a similar NIPT screen called "Panorama Prenatal Screen". I understand that different companies offer different services, but I'm trying to figure out if one of these is recommended over the other. Any insight would be appreciated!
posted by slowtree on Apr 30, 2015 - 20 answers

Has anyone had the Foley Balloon Procedure done?

(also known as cervical ripening balloon) Curious about other's experience with the balloon procedure? How painful or how much discomfort did you feel? [more inside]
posted by bluehermit on Apr 28, 2015 - 12 answers

How to reduce/alleviate swelling during pregnancy

Pregnancy and swelling: Compression sleeves and other methods to reduce discomfort? [more inside]
posted by meowf on Apr 24, 2015 - 7 answers

Do pregnant Japanese women eat sushi?

I'm interested in thoughts and superstitions centred around eating and food in pregnancy around the world. What are you advised to eat or avoid in your country when pregnant? What are you told will happen to your baby (or its character) if you eat specific foods. Also, do Japanese women really give up sushi when pregnant and do the French give up their camembert and brie?
posted by kitchencrush on Apr 22, 2015 - 21 answers

Baby coming soon, and I'm stressed out to the max. Can I quit my job?

I'm still stuck in a bad work situation, having a baby in 2 months, my mom is sick, and I don't know how to go on. Should I quit my job? [more inside]
posted by fanta_orange on Apr 14, 2015 - 21 answers

28 weeks - Help me get through the rest of my high risk pregnacy

I'm dealing with some health issues while being pregnant, and I just don't know how I'm going to get through the rest of it! [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 on Apr 13, 2015 - 17 answers

Increased cerebral blood flow in 3rd trimester?

Hand! My wife and I went for an ultrasound today at week 27 and the Doppler measured increased blood in the brain, it was normal last week. (We have a high risk pregnancy and have frequent ultrasounds) they will have another look next week. My wife had fasted since the night before for the gestational diabetes test which we had right before, so she skipped her usual morning coffee and had a headache herself, could that be the cause? What are the implications of increased blood flow to the baby's brain?
posted by pairofshades on Apr 10, 2015 - 8 answers

Ways to cope with traumatic preterm labor now I'm home from hospital?

2 weeks ago I noticed the tiniest bit of mucus discharge and walked myself over to the University Maternity Hospital just to be on the safe side and I was in preterm labor and my cervix was almost open, luckily they found the right moment to do surgery and after another week of observation I am home on limited mobility but I feel seriously rattled and would like advice on how to move forward. [more inside]
posted by catspajammies on Apr 7, 2015 - 14 answers

Bleach Everywhere; Worried About Fetus, Cat, Plants

Help! Own a condo; HOA told us the wood porches would be painted this week after a spray wash. Workers just began to spray bleach everywhere on the wood to kill black mildew (wood was untreated after porches built 4 years ago). Concerns: 8 months pregnant asthmatic (me), our partly-tamed feral cat who spends much time on the porch, and a host of plants. I just watched as bleach misted down from the above porch coating everything on my porch. Help! [more inside]
posted by Locative on Apr 2, 2015 - 13 answers

doctors and midwives and doulas - oh my!

I'm pregnant - do I really need a midwife or doula? [more inside]
posted by lizbunny on Apr 1, 2015 - 33 answers

Positive experiences trying to conceive after 40?

If you have naturally conceived and carried a pregnancy to term in your 40s, or know someone who has, please share your experience with me. [more inside]
posted by mysterious_stranger on Mar 31, 2015 - 49 answers

Looking for poems about birth.

After many years of ambivalence, two years of infertility, some surgeries, some IVF, and 9 months of actual pregnancy, I am about to have a BABY. Due to placenta previa, it will be a scheduled c-section, which is great because most likely me and baby will end up alive! But sad because I'd hoped for a natural childbirth to balance out the scientific conception. My hospital does "gentle" c-sections, so I'm allowed to do immediate skin-to-skin, play music in the operating room, and even "read a poem or a story." [more inside]
posted by apostrophe on Mar 24, 2015 - 13 answers

"He's not my son... he's my husband"

My wife and I recently had a baby. Yesterday, a stranger mistook her for my mother. Now she's really bummed out. Can you share some advice on actions I can take to help lift her spirits up? [more inside]
posted by papafrita on Mar 22, 2015 - 41 answers

Am I enabling poor pregnancy etiquette?

After a long journey to this point, I am 24+ weeks into what seems to be a pretty vigorous pregnancy, and quite thrilled about it. I am also showing like whoa, and so it is becoming commonplace for people I don't know well to spontaneously comment on my being pregnant before I say anything about it. I know this is a terrible thing for people to do, etiquette-wise... but I am too excited to want to quash it. Should I be trying to, and if so, how? [more inside]
posted by Smells of Detroit on Mar 18, 2015 - 24 answers

Pregnancy gift basket?

I'd like to have a gift basket delivered to my pregnant cousin, but there doesn't seem to be much available online. [more inside]
posted by lemonade on Mar 18, 2015 - 3 answers

Where in the world should we have a kid?

What are the best countries to consider in terms of prenatal care/maternity leave/childcare for American expats? [more inside]
posted by Synesthesia on Mar 14, 2015 - 26 answers

not lose my job + pregnancy

I understand women have been doing this for hundreds of thousands of years, but I'm "delicate". How to not lose my job while feeling this ill? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 10, 2015 - 17 answers

Marijuana and early pregnancy: Fact, Fiction, and Anxiety

How much did my pot use in the first few weeks after intercourse effect my chances of a healthy pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 8, 2015 - 9 answers

How is babby timed?

My husband and I are interested in trying to get pregnant. My plan was to get a new job, work there for a few months, then start trying. Unfortunately, the first part is not working out. Now what? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Mar 8, 2015 - 10 answers

How do I manage inappropriate colleagues?

I work in mental health crisis on a small team in a tight space. We recently lost 2 colleagues and hired a new one. We did a team interview and he frequently called women "girls" and would laugh to himself when no one else laughed. I expressed my concerns, but he was hired regardless. He started 6 months ago and is still unable to do his job without ongoing guidance. [more inside]
posted by LinneaJC on Feb 27, 2015 - 11 answers

Best flea control for cats while pregnant

We have two cats that sleep on our bed. I would love to know the safest flea control method to use during (human) pregnancy (not pregnant now but planning ahead). We've been using Advantage II, but it looks like prenatal exposure to one of the main ingredients - imidacloprid - by parents using the flea treatment in fact - was associated with autism spectrum disorders. What safer options are there? Thanks!
posted by slidell on Feb 14, 2015 - 20 answers

Pregnancy: Is it like food restrictions and requires forewarning?

I received an admissions offer from a doctoral program, which is good news. They have an admitted students visit day, which they will cover costs for. I plan to attend. I am also pregnant. Third trimester pregnant. They are not aware of this yet. I also haven't gotten my funding package yet, but this should come before the visit. My question is this: do I need to tell them when I RSVP to the visit day that I'm pregnant? [more inside]
posted by robot vacuum on Feb 9, 2015 - 13 answers

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