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In What Scenarios Are Pregnancy Test Mandatory?

Is anyone familiar with practices/policies/laws/cases surrounding mandating a pregnancy test either in the medical environment or in other cases? I am interested in anecdotes, personal opinions, as well as pointers to articles or other resources. [more inside]
posted by theefixedstars on Sep 21, 2016 - 49 answers

Any tips to not hate birthing class? Or can we just skip it?

I'm due in 7 weeks-ish, so my partner and I are enrolled in our HMO provided childbirth class. We went to the first class last weekend and both walked out of it thinking about skipping the second class. How can we get through the next 4 hour class without feeling like it's a waste of time, or would missing it be OK? [more inside]
posted by kendrak on Sep 14, 2016 - 53 answers

I need a high-risk OB. I want a midwife. How can I do this in Ontario?

Due to my history of pulmonary embolism, I have been told I need a high-risk obstetrician to handle my prenatal care and delivery. However, I want the more hand-holdy and actually present approach of a midwife. But you have to choose one or the other. Is there a team-based practice or some sort that I can use? Or get a midwife first and then get them to bring in the OB, or...? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 8, 2016 - 17 answers

Gestational Diabetes 101

Just diagnosed. Can't get nurse appointment for at least a week, the handout they gave me was incomplete, and I have some questions. Help? [more inside]
posted by ficbot on Sep 7, 2016 - 12 answers

Post-partum disappointment with family

I have a beautiful baby girl who I love like crazy but the circumstances surrounding my pregnancy, her birth and the aftermath were more stressful than I anticipated and I feel some residual resentment towards my family for not being more supportive. [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Aug 27, 2016 - 19 answers

Should I try to conceive next week?

That's the question, but complicated by a two-week long trip to Asia coming up and Zika. [more inside]
posted by neematoad on Aug 25, 2016 - 14 answers

I've spent my whole life trying NOT to get pregnant

What are some good resources for getting in the right mental space to have a child? [more inside]
posted by Sara C. on Aug 13, 2016 - 37 answers

Life insurance question

What does a "change in health" mean from an insurance/legal standpoint? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 3, 2016 - 4 answers

How to support a friend's new pregnancy after her stillborn loss

My co-worker/friend's baby was stillborn and it was, of course, very awful and traumatizing for her. She is now pregnant again (about halfway along) and I want to support her in the best way possible without saying inadvertently thoughtless things. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 1, 2016 - 10 answers

I think I want a baby – but not with my husband.

I’m married, mid 30s, and of course, it feels like everyone I know is having children. I love children. I’ve told myself again and again that I’m not going to be a mother. I thought I had made peace with it, and was pretty convinced I did not even want to be a mother. That’s why this seems like a huge betrayal to myself and to my husband.... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 9, 2016 - 26 answers

What should I ask my doctor to do about pregnancy leg pain?

I have what is likely pregnancy-related sciatica. I also have an OB who is happy to refer me to any services or specialists I might desire. What should I ask for here? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Jun 27, 2016 - 17 answers

Queering gestation

Can anyone recommend resources for people whose pregnancies and related other life changes messed with their sexual orientation and/or gender identity? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 16, 2016 - 16 answers

Pregnancy Blogs - Emphasis on Running

Looking for blogs with weekly updates on pregnancy and running. [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl on Jun 16, 2016 - 6 answers

Solidarity for a different kind of motherhood

I'm looking for websites, forums, groups where I can talk to people about pregnancy, birth and childraising without all the stereotypical societal crap. Realism and respect for ambivalence appreciated. [more inside]
posted by crunchy potato on Jun 15, 2016 - 19 answers

Folate makes me crazy. But we want to get pregnant sometime soon.

Folate makes me tense and irritable and unhappy. But I know it's important before/during pregnancy. What might I be able to do to balance the need for folate and the need to not be extra crazy? [more inside]
posted by bananacabana on Jun 13, 2016 - 9 answers

Should I try to be superwoman?

I have an awesome career. I'm pregnant with my first. And I want to pursue a professional Master's part time. Is this too much? What have I not considered? [more inside]
posted by ethidda on Jun 13, 2016 - 47 answers

Want to get pregnant, but travelling to the Philipines in January

My boyfriend and I want to start trying for a baby. But we have a 2,5 week trip to Hong Kong and the Philipines planned for January. How should we proceed, considering zika and (possibly) travelling when pregnant? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 4, 2016 - 4 answers

Should I do a grueling, but fun international trip while newly pregnant?

I am scheduled to take a very long flight to go see a dear old friend in her new city in a few weeks. But it turn out I'm pregnant (oops! But yay!). I am traveling with another friend, and because we both had limited vacation time, we are only taking 5 days, including travel time. So this will be a lot of traveling in a short period, and a lot of jet lag (9 hours difference). I would be 7-8 weeks pregnant at the time of the trip. [more inside]
posted by ohio on Jun 1, 2016 - 21 answers

Should we get supplemental insurance before getting pregnant?

We plan on getting pregnant in a year. I have heard about getting short term disability insurance before getting pregnant, which you can then collect after the baby is delivered. Does anyone have any experience in this? Is it worth it? Which plans worked for you?
posted by MisantropicPainforest on May 27, 2016 - 9 answers

I want to get pregnant, but Zika.

Is now a stupid time for a woman living on the East Coast to get pregnant? [more inside]
posted by Miss Viola Swamp on May 23, 2016 - 15 answers

What should I include in a journal of letters to my baby?

I am hoping to document my pregnancy through a journal of letters to my future child. I am struggling a little with how to balance my current reality (wanting a document/record of my pregnancy) with the future of this child someday being a grown person who might read it. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on May 15, 2016 - 25 answers

Why are C-sections common for surrogacy?

Recently I read a story about surrogacy on Cup of Jo and it was mentioned the C-sections are common for surrogates. I've googled and haven't come up with any reasons why (but have confirmed that they are common) and thinking too hard about C-sections makes me queasy, so I turn to AskMetafilter yet again! [more inside]
posted by the thorn bushes have roses on May 13, 2016 - 4 answers

What to do to make an IUI stick?

I just did our first attempt at intrauterine insemination (IUI), and I'd like to give it the best possible chance of working. But the internet and the fertility clinic are giving me very mixed messages about what level of exercise is okay during the post-IUI phase. [more inside]
posted by oryelle on May 10, 2016 - 6 answers

If you could move anywhere for 6 months to a year where would you go?

We currently live in the US Virgin Islands. We have a healthy little 15-month old boy and we are hoping for a +/-2 year difference in age for our 2nd, so family planning begins now. Zika is expected to rip around the Caribbean islands for the foreseeable future. That means we have to move. [more inside]
posted by karst on Apr 27, 2016 - 17 answers

Zika before pregnancy?

Is there any evidence on the effects of Zika infection before pregnancy? We might be traveling to Brazil, and we don't have plans for kids in the next year or so, but are still concerned. [more inside]
posted by molla on Apr 24, 2016 - 3 answers

The miracle of life...and cat pee.

I'm totes pregnant! With twins! Yay! Apparently, one of my cats is not as excited about this development as his human counterparts are. While snuggling with me this morning, he turned around, faced his pee parts towards me, and sprayed. It was not awesome. How do I discourage this (hellish, foul) behavior? [more inside]
posted by batbat on Apr 20, 2016 - 10 answers

Best prenatal vitamin?

I'm planning on getting pregnant in the next few months, and I know the folic acid in prenatal vitamins is actually most useful for preventing birth defects if you take it in the weeks before getting knocked up. So, I find myself in the market for prenatal vitamins, but I'm finding it hard to do any research at all about what brands are better or worse. I turn to the hive mind. Obsessive over-thinkers and over-researchers of metafilter: what is the best brand or type of prenatals? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 20, 2016 - 27 answers

How can I be happy about our second pregnancy?

My long-term (15y) partner and I are having a second child nearly 8 years after our first. We had just decided (after years of discussion) that we were happy with only one kid and are in the middle of a move half-way around the planet. And we also just quit our jobs and launched a startup. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 13, 2016 - 22 answers

Did you or anyone you know take ADHD meds during pregnancy?

And if so, did the baby turn out okay? (I'm considering kids, but am terrified by the prospect of going off my dexedrine. I'm pretty convinced I'd lose my job without it. Does this mean I just shouldn't get pregnant? Or can I keep taking my meds if I do?) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 4, 2016 - 13 answers

Doc: What exactly is going on?

YNMD. I have been trying to get pregnant with my spouse for 6 months. My period, while irregular, is several days late from my longest cycle, multiple home pregnancy tests have been negative, and I don't really know what to do next. More medical history & some planned next steps below. With this ask, I am looking for advice about what to ask my doctor/next steps I should take. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 3, 2016 - 13 answers

Took a xanax without thinking while pregnant - what to do?

I am 9 weeks pregnant. I started having some bleeding and cramping, and it freaked me out entirely because I had a miscarriage before. I took a xanax (that I have in reserve for anxiety attacks, and almost never take). Then I found out that xanax is a schedule D drug for pregnancy (not recommended). Should I tell my doctor? Can I get it out of my system? I took it about an hour ago. [more inside]
posted by sockpuppetofexistentialconfusion on Mar 30, 2016 - 24 answers

Genetic testing options BEFORE becoming pregnant?

Given my family history and recent miscarriages, how can I be proactive about ensuring that my future child will be born healthy? [more inside]
posted by differently on Mar 22, 2016 - 17 answers

Doula for a Medically-Required Induction?

Should my husband and I get a doula to assist at my labor, which will be a medically-required induction at 39 weeks? [more inside]
posted by Jaclyn on Mar 16, 2016 - 28 answers

Advice/help coping with pregnancy ambivalence

I'm looking for advice/resources/reading materials/words of wisdom/comfort for dealing with the many negative feelings I'm experiencing towards this pregnancy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 15, 2016 - 45 answers

How to capture the precious newborn days?

My first child was born a few days ago, and I'm worried I'm not doing enough to capture how beautiful he is and how special these days are. Should I pay a photographer? Other ideas? Reassurance and perspective? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Mar 13, 2016 - 30 answers

What arrangement is best for a newborn of parents living apart?

I'm expecting in a few months and am not with the father. We are trying to figure out how to both bond with the baby while not living together, and how long the baby needs to stay in one household before we can switch her every other week. Any advice? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Mar 13, 2016 - 50 answers

What are some pregnancy things you wish someone had warned you about?

I am six weeks pregnant and already, a few weird things have come up that none of the books I mentioned warned me about. I'd love to hear from the pregnancy vets about other surprises which might be in store for me. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Mar 12, 2016 - 75 answers

Pregnancy Paranoia - Diclegis Edition

YANMD - should I take Diclegis while 7 weeks pregnant? [more inside]
posted by xicana63 on Mar 9, 2016 - 14 answers

What is the actual scientific issue with ketones during pregnancy?

I am eight months along, have gestational diabetes, and while my blood sugar is fine and under control I cannot seem to get my ketones down to "small" without blowing most of my blood sugar readings during the day. My doctor wants them to be smaller but has not given me any actual information about why, and admitted that they might not be causing a problem at all. Meanwhile, the added stress of trying to consume Just Enough! but not Too Much! sugar is really weighing on me. [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Mar 4, 2016 - 11 answers

How do you know it's the right time to have a baby?

I am 29, my husband is 38. I have a year left in my technical program. In the past few months I've felt like I NEED NEED NEED A BABY. I can't decide if we should go for it or wait a year. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 28, 2016 - 27 answers

Help me upgrade my vegetarian diet for pregnancy

I am trying to upgrade the nutritional content of my vegetarian diet for potential pregnancy. Looking for any suggestions to improve my current habits. [more inside]
posted by JoannaC on Feb 25, 2016 - 24 answers

Best of the web (podcasts/blogs/apps/gadgets) for new dads?

I had a child back in 2003 but obviously the Web/tech/etc has changed a lot since then. My second child is due in August and I'd love to get pointers to the best current useful/entertaining tech/web resources for fathers. Basically, help me get back in the game!
posted by jmccw on Feb 23, 2016 - 1 answer

Behavior or nutritional strategies for hastening labor

Here's the billion dollar question for someone 37 weeks pregnant: what, if anything, can I do to (safely and gently) encourage the onset of labor? [more inside]
posted by slidell on Feb 11, 2016 - 36 answers

How did you cope with pregnancy rhinitis?

I'm 7 months pregnant and have suffered from a chronically stuffy nose since the first test came back positive. I cannot breathe like a normal person without liberal squirts of Sinex, but obviously I'd like other solutions. Help! [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Feb 10, 2016 - 20 answers

A question about two supplements

I have a question about GABA and Omega 3 supplements. Mostly if and what to take. [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade on Feb 9, 2016 - 6 answers

Does Alta Dena sell unpasteurized sour cream?

I'm very pregnant and accidentally ate Alta Dena sour cream that has absolutely no indication of whether or not it is pasteurized on the packaging. Google is not giving me a definite answer. I live in CA and I think it is legal to sell unpasteurized items here. Can you help me figure this out?
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2016 - 11 answers

Teacher 7 months pregnant in the fall, how can I work?

I am a teacher who is currently stuck in the short-term contracts phase of my career. I will not be renewed in June. I will be 6-7 months pregnant in September. Outside the box suggestions for how I can work? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 6, 2016 - 11 answers

Kids and Cats

I would like to hear about how you've been able to raise a kid and care for an affectionate yet skittish cat. How did you do it? I'm particularly interested in stories about kids between the ages of 2-10. [more inside]
posted by MsMartian on Feb 5, 2016 - 16 answers

What do you talk about when you talk about IVF?

A friend recently told me that he and his wife will likely be starting IVF soon. I didn't know what to say and felt quite awkward. I've figured out how to talk with friends about being pregnant, but how do you make polite conversation about IVF?
posted by kayram on Feb 1, 2016 - 23 answers

Menopause: Not with a bang but with a whimper?

I know, you're not my doctor. But is this what menopause / perimenopause looks like, or something else? [more inside]
posted by my left sock on Jan 27, 2016 - 12 answers

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