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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 - 15 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 - 34 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 - 0 answers

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 - 34 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

Fear of pregnancy

I'm interested in hearing from women who had (or have?) an intense terror of pregnancy and childbirth, but decided to get pregnant anyway. How did you cope with this fear? [more inside]
posted by a strong female character on Jan 14, 2016 - 16 answers

[Pregnancy Filter]Did you/your partner deliver early? Baby measured big?

Help ease the mind of this mama. When I went to the maternal fetal specialist two weeks ago at 33 weeks, my baby was measuring four weeks ahead for the head and stomach - in the 99th percentile. I am 35 weeks and extremely large and uncomfortable. Your experience and anecdata appreciated - did you have a big baby and did you deliver early? How did you get through the last weeks of pregnancy with a large baby? [more inside]
posted by SanSebastien on Jan 14, 2016 - 25 answers

Gotta eat but nothing sounds good

I'm 16 weeks pregnant and my doctor was concerned at my appointment a few days ago because I've only gained 1.5 lbs. I haven't had much morning sickness or nausea but food just doesn't appeal to me. What am I doing wrong? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Jan 1, 2016 - 41 answers

I'm looking for intelligent books or essays about motherhood.

I would like some reading material on motherhood and/or pregnancy that goes beyond the standard "it's hard, but it's SO rewarding." [more inside]
posted by margoc19 on Dec 17, 2015 - 25 answers

Bra solutions for achy, itchy pregnant lady breasts?

Bra shopping is miserable under ordinary circumstances. Help! [more inside]
posted by chaiminda on Dec 14, 2015 - 13 answers

Dealing with troublesome ultrasound results in pregnancy . . .

I was measuring "small for dates" at my 28 week appt., and got sent for a growth scan. Some of the results I find troubling, as well as the doctor's scheduling yet another scan for me at 32 weeks. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 9, 2015 - 15 answers

Childbirth classes - worth it?

I'm currently 5.5 months pregnant with my first, and I will need to decide soon whether to take any childbirth classes. Did you find classes worth it, and if so, are there any particular classes you recommend? [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Dec 8, 2015 - 41 answers

Should I fight the urge to purge (my stuff) while pregnant?

I always feel like I can get rid of more of my stuff, specifically clothes, and since our household will need to accommodate another person about six months from now, I feel like this is a good time to aggressively weed things out. At the same time, I would like to not buy a new wardrobe and continue wearing clothes like a decent person. How should I proceed? [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Dec 7, 2015 - 25 answers

I'm just a pregnant dirtbag, baby.

As a Colorado resident, what legal/custodial consequences may I face after brief, light usage of marijuana for management of extreme pain from approximately 20-21 weeks gestation? Please be honest but gentle if you can... [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 26, 2015 - 15 answers

Am I too fat to have a baby?

Ladies who've done this successfully, and ones who've had complications, please tell me all about it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 22, 2015 - 32 answers

Pregnant! Should we step back from buying this house we've dreamed of?

We were getting close to making an offer on a home — but the house was a lifestyle upgrade, not a necessity. This month we found out a kid is on the way (whoo!), and we're trying to decide if the house is still doable, or if we should save our pennies for the little person-to-be? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 15, 2015 - 22 answers

How to talk about biosafety when I might soon be pregnant

I've been offered a position working in a lab that does research on human cytomegalovirus (HCMV, a common type of herpesvirus that can cause mono-like symptoms). I'm excited about the position and really want to take it, but I have some concerns about biosafety during hypothetical pregnancy and I'm trying to gather my thoughts before talking to the PI. Looking for personal experience working in a bio lab while pregnant (or immuno-compromised) and suggestions for how to talk to the PI about this. [more inside]
posted by permiechickie on Nov 8, 2015 - 8 answers

What was life like for infertile couples before the 20th century?

Today's couples who are having difficulty "TTC" can potentially access IVF, surrogacy, medical interventions/advice, adoption, fostering, etc. What was life like for couples before these options arose? Was there shame, guilt or sorrow attached to not being able to have children ... and what did the men and women in this situation do about it?
posted by dontjumplarry on Nov 7, 2015 - 18 answers

How do I start living again while going through a break-up?

The ex and I broke up a little over a month ago. We dated 7 months, and were friends/FWB on and off for 5 years before that since we dated for a month in 2010. A week ago he told me he wants nothing to do with me and I'm heartbroken. I haven't done anything but sleep and watch TV for a week. How do I get out of this slump? [more inside]
posted by Autumn on Oct 25, 2015 - 15 answers

Hope for the anxiety-prone?

Husband and I expect to get news a week from Friday (possibly sooner but a week from Friday at the latest) that may either be very exciting and happy or sad. Meanwhile, I am destroying my insides with anxiety. Help me not do that. [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Oct 22, 2015 - 18 answers

Joining the 2 under 1 club- high risk pregnancy edition!

Wow. Okay. So I have a sweet 3 1/2 month old who is great and I am pregnant again. Obviously it takes time to see if the spark keeps growing- but assuming it will- how exactly do we manage this? Complicating factor is that my pregnancy will be high risk and I will be on limited mobility from week 20. [more inside]
posted by catspajammies on Oct 20, 2015 - 10 answers

Looking for and starting a new job while trying to get pregnant

I've been affected by a round of layoffs and am looking for work. The search has been going well and there are some prospects. My major source of anxiety right now is that this is happening while I am trying to get pregnant. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 19, 2015 - 21 answers

Alton Brown's sardine and avocado toast, please, but hold the toast.

I would like to eat canned sardines and/or anchovies at least 4 times a week, totaling 12oz total, mainly for the omega-3 benefits. Issues: I am not a big fish lover, and I do not eat carby foods. Help? [more inside]
posted by zoomorphic on Oct 18, 2015 - 20 answers

What to Expect When Your Best Friend's Wife is Expecting

My best friend just found out that his wife is pregnant. He's excited but a little anxious and is looking for book recommendations, though he'd probably be interested in blogs, websites, or other info sources. [more inside]
posted by kat518 on Oct 9, 2015 - 14 answers

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 - 32 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

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