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Is A Forced C-Section Akin To Rape?

In a story on The Daily Beast, Danielle Friedman writes about Joy Szabo, an Arizona mom who painted a message on her car window which read, “Page Hospital, enter my body without permission… Sounds like rape to me.” Szabo was pregnant with her fourth child and the local hospital (the only one she could feasibly get to when she went into labor) would only agree to giving her a C-section when the time came to give birth. Szabo has three other children — two born naturally, one born via C-section. “In June, Szabo’s hospital adopted a policy prohibiting women who had prior C-sections from delivering vaginally—from having what’s technically known as a VBAC, for ‘vaginal birth after Caesarean.’” Keep reading »

Beating The Clock: 30-Something Women Have Babies On The Brain

Ask almost any childless women in her 30s to name five things that have been on her mind lately, and there’s a good chance she’ll mention her biological clock. It may not be the first thing she names — her career, the economy, saving for a house, her parents’ health, the health of her relationship, finishing her dissertation, fitting back into her skinny jeans, and finding someone to share her life with may be getting more of her attention; but for a vast majority of us, the idea of having kids is something we think about nearly as much, if not more, than almost everything else. After all, our biological clocks and the issues of when, whether, and how long we have left to procreate determine so many other variables in our life. And for those of us who wait until our 30s — a quickly growing number of us these days — it’s a decision we face when the stakes are especially high. Keep reading »

No, I’m Not Pregnant—That’s Just A Muffin Top

One summer during college when I worked at coffee shop, a man with special needs—I think he had Down’s Syndrome—used to come up by the cash register and chat with me all the time. We were shooting the breeze one day and I was standing with my pelvis leaning against the counter, sort of slumped forward. He looked down at my stomach and asked me, “Jessica, are you pregnant?” My eyes widened and I stood ramrod straight, sucking in my belly. “Nooo! I’m not pregnant!” I shrieked. His face flushed with embarrassment and he apologized profusely. And I, of course, felt like an ass for making him feel bad.

Flash forward to Sunday afternoon on a shopping trip to Sephora, when the cashier ringing up my Bliss Spa Best Of Skintentions moisturizer looked down at my stomach and exclaimed, “Awww, are you pregnant?”

Cringe. Keep reading »

Smoking While Preggo May Make Your Baby Psycho

I know we all have “Mad Men” fever these days. On the off chance that you have become desensitized while watching Betty Draper suck those cancer sticks and throw back cocktails with her bun in the oven, let me remind you once again that smoking while pregnant is hazardous to the baby. Wait? You already knew that? But in case you need just one more good reason to quit lighting up while knocked up, a new U.K. study about smoking while pregnant is likely to scare the s**t out of you. Keep reading »

An Already Pregnant Woman Somehow Manages To Get Knocked Up


Julia Grovenburg of Arkansas is giving the woman with two vaginas a run for her money in the race for Medical Anomaly of the Year. She was already pregnant when she went for a sonogram and—surprise!—the doc discovered that a second, younger, baby was in there as well. In other words, she’s carrying two babies that aren’t twins—they were conceived three weeks apart. This phenomenon is called “superfetation” and it’s very rare. Pretty freaky, no? [Lemondrop] Keep reading »

Quick Pic: Sale On Pregnancy Tests!

A friend just sent me this photo, taken at an NYC drugstore. I know there’s a recession and peeps be lookin’ to save money anywhere they can, but this is taking the penny pinching a bit far. Keep reading »

Get Knocked Up Or Your Money Back

Duo Fertility, a new producer of fertility monitors, is selling itself hard on a guarantee that’s the opposite of what you hear when it comes to sex—pregnant in 12 months or your money back. Keep reading »

Hot New Trend: Shotgun Marriages!

So, Khloe Kardashian is getting married this Sunday to brand-new boyfriend/fiancé Lamar Odom. Raise your hand if you think she’s knocked up. Everyone? That’s what I thought. If Khloe is with child, she is following in the grand footsteps of big sis Kourtney, who found out she was pregnant earlier this summer and is now engaged to the baby’s father. Is it just me, or is this totes retro? Accidental pregnancy? A super speedy marriage is the answer to all your problems! Khloe and Kourtney would hardly be alone. Ashlee Simpson married Pete Wentz then disclosed that she was pregnant with his child. So did Jessica Alba and Cash Warren, as well as Christina Milian and The Dream. I gotta say, and maybe this is because I’m not much of a traditionalist, but if I found out I was pregs and was going to keep the baby, I wouldn’t necessarily rush to the altar, even if I was in love with the father. What about you? Keep reading »

HOTmilk Lingerie Sexes Up Hot Mamas

I’ve got a soft spot for this lingerie commercial for New Zealand-based brand HOTmilk (I know, unfortunate name). The sexy line of underthings is targeted at pregnant women and is about “empowering women, to remind them that they are beautiful confident and SEXY,” even when their stomachs are stretched to epic proportions and their nipples are leaking. While I agree with Broadsheet that we should be celebrating the beauty of the pregnant female form through other means than expensive lingerie, I think it’s refreshing to see a sexy commercial where a woman’s swollen belly is on full display and a hot sexy man is losing his s**t over it. [Broadsheet] Keep reading »

Pregnant Women Are Smug

For everyone out there who has ever had a friend, family member, co-worker, or stranger in line at the store who has shared a little too much of her pregnancy with you — this video is for you. “Pregnant women are smug. Everyone knows it, nobody says it, because they’re pregnant!” And for all you pregnant women out there, oh, we kid because we love. Seriously, your little belly is adorable! Keep reading »

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