Expectant mothers have enough to worry about before giving birth: prenatal vitamins, home vs. hospital delivery, whether to become a stay-at-home mom or go back to work. Teen mothers have their own set of additional concerns, and now, it seems, so do mothers giving birth via Caesarean section. Via Jezebel: a recent Yale University study found that mothers who gave birth naturally have higher levels of brain activity in areas that signal motivation and emotion than those who underwent a C-section.
According to today's feature, The Pros and Cons of Marrying Young, pregnancy isn't a good reason to get hitched. "To marry simply because of a child seems to be a recipe for disaster. In fact, according to a 2007 study, only 17 percent of pregnant teenagers wed." Even so, young Hollywood starlets have been popping out offspring at an alarming rate, leading us to wonder, are babies the new boyfriends? Perhaps not, but boyfriends certainly lead to babies; in July, 2007 we reported that a Chinese doctor blamed the rising number of Shanghai teen pregnancies on youngsters meeting boys through the internet.
As we attempt to explore the stars, one thing we're going to have to count on is sex in space. We're just animals, after all. But there are some concerns with the near zero-gravity, the confines, and the artificial environment of the space shuttle to consider.
According to SkyNews, 2 women in the UK had split birth quadruplets within 22 hours of one another. Confused? Don't be. Karen Wesolowski and Martha Padgett spent 3 years and like $70,000 trying to get pregnant. The lesbian couple tried it all and finally the IVF took... for both of them. Using Martha Padgett's eggs and donor sperm the couple decided to double their odds by both undergoing IVF. And the gamble paid off with four-of-a-kind.
In Vitro Fertilization has been in the news pretty regularly as of late. Off the dome, some knobs in the media accused Brangelina of having IVF, there was a lawsuit regarding overzealous use of IVF that was just settled in Australia, and we heard something about reproductive tourism becoming trendy. So, what's this whole business of using test tubes to make babies began 30 years ago. The first IVF baby, that the government acknowledges, was Louise Brown. No-longer-young Louise Brown done turned 30 the other day, according to the Los Angeles Times via the Houston Chronicle.
A West London entrepreneur saw a market gap and decided to exploit it. She had a devil of a time finding a wedding gown while she was pregnant. She decided to start a shop specializing in maternity matrimony garb. You would think that when having a child out-of-wedlock was more of a taboo, someone would have started this shop, guess not. A woman in West London ran into a problem while shopping for a dress while she was knocked up; while other people saw a problem, Tracey Wilkinson saw an opportunity. Presumably after her wedding (and possibly baby) Wilkinson started The Expectant Bride.
What’s it really like to have a baby all by your lonesome? Not so lonesome after all, says Louise Sloan. "I was ready for kids at age 28—and well aware that women's fertility starts to plummet at 35. When I saw my doctor that fateful year, she asked me if I wanted children. "Yes," I replied. "Definitely." With a stern look, she snapped, "Well, you're not getting any younger!" Thanks for the news flash, I thought. What kind of idiot does she think I am? I was a romantic, procrastinating idiot, to be exact. Despite my clear intellectual understanding of the issues involved, it took me until age 38 before I seriously started thinking about single motherhood, and even then, I had to be dragged into it kicking and screaming by my biological clock, which was starting to sound more like a car alarm."
From American Chronicle By Saurabh Jain For you and your child’s wellbeing, you have to take an informed decision regarding birth control after pregnancy. There are many types of birth control methods available in the market today; however, only some of these methods will suit your body. It thus becomes imperative that you weigh the pros and cons of various birth control methods before you choose one.
From Gizmag.com March 23, 2007 Millions of people the world over struggle with fertility issues each year and until recently have had few options beyond expensive drugs or very expensive, invasive medical procedures. The Conceivex Conception Kit is the first comprehensive reproductive healthcare system designed for couples and was this week granted 510K clearance by the U.S. FDA. The Conception Kit contains fertility prediction tools, semen collectors and the only FDA-cleared home-use cervical cap for conception, which are designed to be used together for up to three months in order to enhance the couple’s chance of becoming pregnant. The cornerstone of the US$300 kit is the Conception Cap, which brings the semen in direct contact with the cervix for four to six hours, increasing the opportunity for sperm to move into the uterine cavity and fertilize an egg at the most opportune time. Read More…
Having a child irrevocably alters the balance of a partnership. The responsibility, time commitment and difficulty having baby is tough, no matter how strong your union; romance and sex after kids can be hard to accomplish. Although many couples decide the disruption is worth it, finding a new equilibrium can be challenging. Here, one mother comments on why she won't do it again. In her own words, "admitting that bringing a child into a relationship might ruin said relationship verges on the unpatriotic. Like most of us, I expect romance to survive marriage and committed cohabitation. I’m more dubious that it can survive raising a child."