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Baby Addiction Is A Real Thing

Listen up, OctoMom: Baby addiction is apparently a real thing. While there is currently no official diagnosis, health professionals are reporting an increase in patients, mostly women, who desperately want to keep having newborns, even when they already have several children. Take U.K. woman Karen Johnston. Eight children was not enough to satisfy her craving for kids. At 54 years old, the self-proclaimed baby addict went through great lengths to have more. I mean, addicts will do anything to get their fix, right? Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: 25 Percent Of Women Feel “Meh” On Getting Pregnant

  • A new study suggests that one in four women feels ambivalent about getting pregnant, essentially saying they could take or leave having kids. [Baby Chums]
  • Which may explain why women are waiting longer to have children and are more likely than ever to have them without being married. [Baby Chums]
  • Blogger Lena Chen discusses the “Rethinking Virginity” conference she planned at Harvard University and corrects those who think “rethinking virginity” means an overarching endorsement of abstinence and the abstinence movement. [Slate]
  • The murder of lacrosse player Yeardley Love has caused the University of Virginia to “consider changes to campus public safety policies and state laws to enable more information sharing between police and college administrators.” Love’s ex-boyfriend, George Huguely, has been arrested and charged in her death. [Security Info Watch]

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Woman Claims 3D Porno Caused Immaculate Conception

While technology has made some of us smarter, it’s apparently made some of us pregnant-er. A member of America’s military, Erick Jhonson came home from Iraq to find his wife was pregnant. He assumed she cheated on him, but his wife claims that she became pregnant after watching a 3D porno … and the porn star was black, just like their baby. The best part, though, is that he believed her. Jhonson said, “I see it as suspicious. The films in 3D are very real. With today’s technology, anything is possible.”

No, Erick, not everything is possible. Pick up a Seventeen magazine. You cannot get pregnant from bellybutton sex or from watching a 3D movie. Keep reading »

Women Over 35 Are Having More Babies Than Teens

A new survey reports that women over 35 are popping out more babies than ever before. For the first time, the number of babies being born to women over 35 surpassed the number being born to teens. Go mature mothers! In 2008, one in seven births were to older moms while one in ten were to teens. The survey also found that the more mature mothers were better educated and less likely to be married. Hmmm … I wonder if there is a correlation between those two stats? So why are the older ladies reproducing more? Most likely because of scientific progression in the fertility field. Also, woman are getting married later in life and changing their attitudes about motherhood. Either that or the teens have been watching enough “16 And Pregnant” to scare them senseless. So does this mean that we women are getting smarter about making babies? Maybe not. The one thing that half of all the mothers surveyed had in common was the way they became mothers … it “just happened.” [Newser] Keep reading »

Dear Wendy: “Should I Tell My Former Fling I’m Pregnant?”

I am a 19 year-old college student who two weeks ago had a pregnancy test come up positive even though I always use birth control when I have sex. I went in to Planned Parenthood and they said that my test was negative, but that they MIGHT see something on the ultrasound so I am probably just under five weeks along. I want to get an abortion and I have no hesitation, but I am unsure if I should tell the guy. He is and was a good friend of mine and we slept together a couple times on a whim over spring break (always sober or basically sober). I decided not to continue it because a friend of mine (who also had a brief fling with him) confessed that she had real strong feelings for him and I didn’t want to get into the middle of it. Now, do I tell the guy that I am most likely pregnant? I am getting the abortion next week, and it might be nice to have my guy friend with me, but I don’t want to ruin any chance my girlfriend has at a relationship with him. Also, I doubt he would be pro-life but we have never really talked about it. What do I do? — Expecting the Unexpected

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I Had A C-Section

Right before I signed the paper, I looked into my husband’s fearful eyes and felt a wave of disbelief at the realization that I was about to consent to the very thing that I had desperately wanted to avoid. During the previous six months of my pregnancy, I huffed through prenatal yoga sessions, dragged my big belly to childbirth classes, spent $500 on acupuncture treatments and even hired a birthing coach (known as a “doula”) to insure that my firstborn would make a serene entrance into the world. As my due date approached, my thoughts became preoccupied with images of the idealistic birthing experience that was about to change my life. I carefully selected songs for my “birthing playlist,” and envisioned the perfectly disheveled picture that I would post on Facebook to introduce my little guy to the world. With all the energy I put into personalizing the experience, it never occurred to me that I would end up feeling like a statistic—one of the 38 percent of new mothers at our New York City hospital who delivered her baby through Cesarean Section. Keep reading »

What’s Your First Response To The New TLC Web Series “A Conception Story”?

I may be unpopular for saying this, but I’m really tired of reality TV series about pregnancy and kids. I used to enjoy watching “A Baby Story” on TLC until “Jon & Kate Plus 8” came along and bastardized the baby biz. It seemed like parenthood and pregnancy went from awe-inspiring phenomenon to cultural hot commodity over night. I just can’t endorse anything that portrays children as valuable accessories. I personally think the pregnancy reality market is way more than covered, but TLC and First Response home pregnancy tests think there’s an untapped reality pregnancy niche. Keep reading »

Quotable: Alicia Silverstone Wants To Get Preggers

“Wearing a pregnancy suit was so much fun. I loved the feeling of pretending to be pregnant and having little arms and legs and this big belly. I’ve been wanting to have a baby since I was 2 years old—I’m destined to be a mother. I can’t wait to be pregnant.”

—Alicia Silverstone on playing a pregnant woman in the Broadway play “Time Stands Still.” Let’s just hope hubby Christopher Jarecki is on board. [People] Keep reading »

Quotable: Jillian Michaels Wants To Adopt To Save … Her Six Pack

“I’m going to adopt. I can’t handle doing that to my body. Also, when you rescue something, it’s like rescuing a part of yourself.”

Jillian Michaels in the latest issue of Women’s Health explaining why she wouldn’t want to have a baby—that she wouldn’t want to lose the diesel body she’s worked so hard for. She also dishes in the interview that she’s been in love with both men and women. [PopEater]
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Girl Talk: Oops … It’s Almost Time To Give Birth!

I’m now six days away from the official due date of my unplanned (but now certainly wanted) first baby, and I think I have learned what it might be like to be disabled in America. It’s not very pleasant. I am certainly a spectacle, but unlike other disabled people, the woman with a giant rotund belly warrants comments from nearly everyone she passes, whether it’s kind strangers who say “Congratulations!” on the street or the bitch who works at Target who warned me not to have my baby on the floor. And if I have to hear “OMG you’re SO pregnant,” one more time (from friends, family and strangers), I really might lose it. I’m hormonal, chunky and need a drink, so stating the obvious is getting plain annoying. Keep reading »

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