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Newly Pregnant and Really Discouraged.

I'm 7 weeks pregnant with #1. I feel so inadequate right now. I can barely function and I'm a mess. I planned this pregnancy, but it's nothing like I expected so far. [more inside]
posted by neanderloid on Sep 4, 2014 - 37 answers

Movies About Childbirth, Doulas, The Affect of Babies on Marriage

Hey There Brilliant People! Could you please send me any film, tv or play suggestions that are about women going through pregnancy, the affect that has on their marriage, and women who work with doulas and midwives while pregnant? Thanks so much!
posted by sunnyblues48 on Sep 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Miscarriage resources?

Some days are ok, some days are just heartbreaking. Where can I look for some support and information after my first pregnancy ended in miscarriage? I'm not sure how to deal with this better. Personal stories are welcome. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 19, 2014 - 27 answers

Best way to disclose pregnancy early in the interview process

I am interviewing for a job I am very interested in, but do not need. At the same time, I'm early in a pregnancy and want to tell the hiring manager about it. What is the best way to position my pregnancy and expected leave proactively and positively? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2014 - 12 answers

Ideas for bouncing back post-pregnancy?

Yes, I'm talking weight. How to start bouncing back in the early months post-pregnancy? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Aug 11, 2014 - 22 answers

What were your labor & delivery hospital bag special items?

What were the special items or things you took with you to the hospital for a birth in your family? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 7, 2014 - 38 answers

Avoiding postpartum mental illness?

What can I do to minimize my risk of postpartum mental illness? If I can't completely prevent it, I'd at least like to catch and treat it as early as possible. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby on Jul 17, 2014 - 23 answers

What to do in life before getting pregnant in a year or two.

We're planning on trying for a baby in a year or two. I want a comprehensive list of goals for the time leading up to getting pregnant so that we're ready- psychologically, physically, and in every other way. I think my planned preparations fall under three categories- 1) getting our lives in order 2) enjoying the last of our unchained youth, and 3) practical stuff directly related to the baby. Please help me populate these lists. [more inside]
posted by cacao on Jul 10, 2014 - 35 answers

Baby on it's way/health insurance problem

My pregnant wife and I are leaving our job at the end of the summer (not our choice) with no new job lined up. We will need to get our own health insurance when we leave the job. We don't really live anywhere now, and we aren't sure where we will have the baby yet, maybe NH, or NY, or RI, or ME, or the VI. Is there an insurance plan that offers us coverage in multiple places? PPO, HMO, walk me through this. This is our first time buying insurance. [more inside]
posted by karst on Jul 9, 2014 - 6 answers

My wife is pregnant and feels like crap.

My wife is six weeks pregnant and feels terrible. She is experiencing nausea, lack of appetite, reduced energy and general queasiness almost all the time. She has about an hour each day when she feels normal. Smells are particularly upsetting for her. We understand that these are common experiences for women in their first trimester, but that’s not making it any easier for her to tolerate. We’ve read that many of these symptoms go away in the second trimester, but that’s about 6 weeks away and my wife is wondering how she’s going to survive (and go to work) until then. She’s miserable. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 7, 2014 - 36 answers

Pregnant + stomach sucks. WTF? (IT'S NOT MORNING SICKNESS).

I'm asking for a friend. Whom I'm married to. She says: I am 16 weeks pregnant and am having a GI symptom that I can’t find any information about online, from my OB, or from several different nurse midwives. (univac sez: This is not about morning sickness. If you think this question is about morning sickness or nausea during pregnancy, GO AWAY.) [more inside]
posted by univac on Jun 18, 2014 - 34 answers

A special book for a special dad.

We are expecting our first child and I am an excited and joyful father to be. I would like a book or a pair of books on pregnancy and child rearing with special conditions. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 15, 2014 - 10 answers

I'm a pregnant snowflake. Help me dress myself.

The past 3 years of my life have brought both steady weight gain and financial instability, leaving me with a very sparse, heavily-worn and ill-fitting wardrobe. The financial strain has finally lifted, so yay! time to get some new clothes. The problem? I'm 10 weeks pregnant, teetering into plus sizes, and trying to strategize my purchases for maximum future wear. [more inside]
posted by ohisee on Jun 14, 2014 - 21 answers

Should I tell a prospective landlord that I'm pregnant?

I'm pregnant, so my husband and I are looking for a larger place to live. We found a great house, where the landlord lives in a separate basement MIL unit in the house. Should I conceal that I'm pregnant (doable depending on what I wear) in case concerns about screaming babies might convince him not to rent to us? Or should I tell him up-front, since living in the same house as a landlord who doesn't want you there could be uncomfortable and stressful? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 14, 2014 - 27 answers

Spontaneous Female Arousal

I'm curious to know what's going on with my body. I'm enjoying very high sex drive the last 6 months, ever since my 7th month of pregnancy. I thought it was a third trimester thing, but I wanted my husband 5 days postpartum. So what's going on? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Bland recipes for the first trimester.

I'm seven weeks pregnant with my second child and the first trimester nausea is kicking my ass. Clever cooks of metafilter, can you help me with some dinner ideas that will satisfy me, toddler, and husband? [more inside]
posted by stowaway on Jun 6, 2014 - 13 answers

Inside Baby and the Not-Bummer Summer

With ~10 weeks to go in my pregnancy, some health complications are keeping me and my husband close to home and eating bland food. Have kept us there for quite a while already, actually. How can we keep from going stir-crazy, especially at a time when I would love to be out and about? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jun 2, 2014 - 23 answers

Help me help my very pregnant sister through a tough situation! (DC/MD)

My sister is 33 weeks pregnant. She's miserable and what's worse, she's recently moved from Florida (where her husband was completing school) back home to Maryland. As such, she's lost her doctor. She's pretty much a mess, and I am hoping to figure out a way to help her. Particulars inside... [more inside]
posted by carmenghia on May 24, 2014 - 13 answers

Old wives' tales for a new arrival!

Looking for your odd, obscure and downright odd tests for pregnant ladies. [more inside]
posted by carnivoregiraffe on May 23, 2014 - 19 answers

Childbirth. What's up with that?

Next in the string of Major Life Events: getting this kid out of me. I feel like most of the resources out there (including the classes I was looking to for advice) are pitched toward people who have already decided whether or not to have a natural, unmedicated childbirth, especially here in granola-land. I don't know; I want the baby out and safe, but I don't care about being SuperMom; I am pretty sure there's no reason to be in pain if I don't have to be. I just want to be able to get through it and be with my husband and baby. Thoughts, experiences, advice? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on May 14, 2014 - 56 answers

New job - giving notice and baby timing. Advice?

Very suddenly, I got an offer for a new job. I want to take it. My current company is extremely busy and I don't think two weeks notice is enough, but the new company wants me to start right away. Also, I was planning on getting pregnant soon, but didn't know I would be taking on a new job. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 9, 2014 - 21 answers

We both want a baby - but can't agree on when

My fiancee and I are getting married in August 2015, next year. We have had all the big talks about our future, including children. Previously, we were happy to wait until we were married to have children, but recently she has been changing her mind. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Petrot on May 5, 2014 - 36 answers

Best ways to discuss new pregnancy with stepchild?

My husband and I have been married almost a year (lived together before that) and have a good relationship with his 12-year-old son, who lives about an hour away and is with us in summers and every other weekend. Now I am pregnant. We are excited to tell stepson this weekend, but I want to think a bit about... [more inside]
posted by bluedeans on Apr 25, 2014 - 20 answers

Tell me everything about turning breech babies.

I'm nearly 34 weeks pregnant with my second baby. Baby is currently breech. I need some advice on methods for turning a breech baby based on what seemed most effective for you. [more inside]
posted by meggan on Mar 29, 2014 - 24 answers

Narrowing down conception date

Is it possible to narrow down conception date to less than a week based on HCG levels? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 12, 2014 - 10 answers

Stopping the blame game while trying to get pregnant

Took doctor's advice and it made me worse. How do I cope with making a mistake that may prevent me from getting pregnant? [more inside]
posted by purple24 on Mar 12, 2014 - 26 answers

Reliable information about pregnancy

I am looking for sources of reliable, science-based information about food / exercise / medication / etc during pregnancy. [more inside]
posted by insectosaurus on Mar 10, 2014 - 13 answers

Overdue and over-anxious

I'm supposed to give birth any minute now and am completely preoccupied by thoughts of what could go wrong. Can anyone help? [more inside]
posted by raspberry-ripple on Feb 27, 2014 - 43 answers

Getting to know my placenta previa

I'm 24 weeks pregnant with my first child. Baby is fine, but today I was diagnosed with a complete placenta previa. I have not experienced any bleeding. I'm on pelvic rest, but my CNM didn't advise any other activity restrictions. I'm finding quite a bit of conflicting information out there, and it seems like other medical practitioners recommend partial or complete bed rest. How serious is this and what should I be doing?
posted by mmmbacon on Feb 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Did you take anti-depressants while pregnant?

I went off of anti-depressants when I found out I was pregnant and it has been really really difficult. Debating whether to go back on prozac now that I'm almost in the second trimester and weighing the benefits and risks. No you are not my doctor. Yes I've consulted both doctors (shrink and OB) who advise taking the prozac. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 21, 2014 - 19 answers

King Henry VIII's dream come true...

Biologists and Staticians... what's going on here? There hasn't been a female born in my husband's family in two generations. Help solve the brothers' debate about what's causing this, and what the odds of our pregnancy being male or female is. [more inside]
posted by jrobin276 on Feb 11, 2014 - 16 answers

Low income prenatal/maternity care in Las Vegas.

What resources/services are available to a woman living in Las Vegas, who is about 8 months pregnant, uninsured, unemployed, and broke? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 10, 2014 - 13 answers

Seeking an OB/GYN or RE recommendation in greater Seattle area

I'm looking for an OB/GYN or RE in the greater Seattle area after experiencing 3 early miscarriages in the last 10 months. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 7, 2014 - 2 answers

What is a safe proximity from a Smart Meter for a pregnant woman?

My home's Smart Meter is located directly across from my kitchen sink, on the exterior side of the wall they share. I probably spend about 40 minutes each day standing within 2 feet of the meter, doing dishes and washing produce, etc. My stove is only about 4 feet from the meter, and I love to cook so I spend a considerable amount of time there as well. I am hoping to become pregnant soon. Is this exposure to radiation something I should be at all concerned about? [more inside]
posted by lmpatte2 on Feb 6, 2014 - 16 answers

Health Insurance Deductible "Reset" Date

So, my wife is going to give birth in Mid-to-End of June. She has a deductible "reset" date of June 1. How does this work? [more inside]
posted by Debaser626 on Feb 6, 2014 - 11 answers

Should we be concerned that misoprostol ended miscarriage symptoms?

My wife was having a miscarriage and was given misoprostol to accelerate the process. She took 4 tablets of 200mg misoprostol under the tongue and 800mg ibuprofen right after that. The signs of miscarriage (considerable pain and bleeding) went away completely after she took the medication. Is this normal? [more inside]
posted by palet on Jan 18, 2014 - 14 answers

Red Raspberry leaf tea for a shorter labor -- did you drink it?

Should I drink raspberry leaf tea in my third trimester of pregnancy? Did you? [more inside]
posted by caoimhe on Jan 17, 2014 - 25 answers

How do I decide if I want us to have a baby?

I'm having a difficult time deciding whether I want my wife and I to get pregnant. She is very into it, but I have mixed feelings. How do I decide if I'm ready? [more inside]
posted by jsharke on Jan 14, 2014 - 60 answers

Newbie Needs Resources on Pregnancy, Childbirth, Parenting, etc.

I am a pregnant for the first time, and looking for resources (primarily web, but not limited to it) on pregnancy, birth, and early parenthood. This shouldn't be so hard, right? But I really want blogs, Tumblrs, Twitters, websites, etc. that are funny or snarky or absurd, as well as smart, feminist/liberal, crunchy, scientific, and welcoming of a variety of backgrounds/lifestyles. (Maybe not all at once, but I'll take what I can get.) I'm coming up short. Help? [more inside]
posted by aabbbiee on Jan 13, 2014 - 34 answers

You're not my doctor or a magician but... should I take plan B?

I had drunk but protected sex last night. (yay!) I haven't had sex since I had an abortion 2 years ago. (not so yay!) I am also dealing with secondary amenorrhea due to diet. I know I'm being insanely nervous for no reason but now just to be safe I want to take Plan B. Is this ok? Will it make the Amenorrhea "worse"? Is that even possible? So. many. things. calm me down? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2014 - 10 answers

OW quit it OW quit it

I am 10 weeks pregnant, and have developed these sudden and excruciatingly nasty headaches when I heave. Any thoughts on how to help and what might be going on? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Jan 11, 2014 - 19 answers

I want my mommy

We're pregnant! For the first time. Just found out this week. I feel the uncontrollable need to watch emotional tear jerker youtube videos about moms/parenthood. Example 1 Example 2. What d'ya got for me, Metafilter?
posted by corn_bread on Jan 10, 2014 - 17 answers

I'm dressing for two now!

I need some pregnant-lady style inspiration. Looking for stores, blogs, general advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 9, 2014 - 29 answers

Should I tell my boss about my miscarriage?

I was planning to tell my boss I was pregnant after the holidays. Unfortunately I underwent a delayed miscarriage at 13 weeks. I chose to go through the miscarriage naturally and it ended up happening over the Christmas holidays. I am physically almost completely better. I work for a startup and my boss is the CEO. Do I tell him what I have gone through when I return to work on Monday? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 5, 2014 - 37 answers

"How could I bring a child into this world?" The climate change edition.

Many people I know who aren't global warming skeptics are still planning to procreate. Though I might like to have a kid someday, the thought of their future quality of life strikes me as a potentially decisive ethical objection to it. While I've seen plenty of arguments against procreation that deal with the ethics of creating more consumers, that issue is distinct from the ethics of creating new sufferers. Can you point me to any well-reasoned arguments--whether yours or something you've seen, on either side of the issue--that deal with the ethics of choosing to bring children into a hotter world? [more inside]
posted by Beardman on Jan 3, 2014 - 41 answers

Do warm, non-synthetic, petite maternity pants exist?

I'm mid-second trimester and not fitting into any of my pre-pregnancy pants anymore, so I'm looking for suggestions of maternity clothing -- stores, brands, styles -- with the following constraints: [more inside]
posted by nonane on Dec 28, 2013 - 15 answers

How do I forgive my parents for reacting badly to my pregnancy?

My parents are very religious and do not agree with many of my life choices (I'm gay), but they have worked through their discomfort and I thought we were in a better place. They reacted badly to my new pregnancy and said horrible things which hurt me a lot. Where do I go from here? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 27, 2013 - 29 answers

What do I get my pregnant wife for her birthday?

My wife is 36 weeks pregnant, and her birthday is next week. What should I get her? I'd like to get something for her rather than something baby-related. But at the same time, she has already taken advantage of many of the luxuries that pregnant women seem to appreciate -- like spa treatments, massages, and prenatal yoga. I'm a little stuck. Any good ideas? [more inside]
posted by scottso17 on Dec 23, 2013 - 32 answers

Not quite a perinatologist - high risk neuro-pregnancy speciality?

I want a second opinion on getting pregnant, but don't know who to ask as my diagnosis came from a rheumatologist and gynaecologist team, while my neurologist had previously said somewhat differently, that I could not risk another pregnancy. I don't know whether to look for another team diagnosis or if there is a specialist for my particular case. [more inside]
posted by kittypaw on Dec 4, 2013 - 11 answers

How to avoid pregnancy questions on my wife's upcoming business trip?

My wife is very early into her first pregnancy (4/5 weeks). We are very excited and nervous and overjoyed and terrified. We also know it's extremely early, and as such at the moment we aren't telling anyone anything (not even family or close friends), other than her doctor. The issue is that my wife is going on a business trip soon for 4 days, during which time her small group of coworkers (including her boss) will be going out every night for dinner and drinks. My wife is typically a social drinker (glass of wine or a cocktail), and with no typical excuses available like, say, being the designated driver, it will be noticeable with her small group when she's the only one to decline a drink every night. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 1, 2013 - 35 answers

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