Posts Tagged: ‘pregnancy’
by Tracy V. Wilson | January 9, 2013
In case you’re in the dark on this: Pregnancies as shown on scripted TV are pretty dumb. They just don’t play out the way they do in real life … pretty much all the time. And a few recent episodes led me to need to talk about that a lot.
Indeed, women can be pregnant without even knowing it, as discussed in the Discovery Health article 10 Reasons You Might Now Know You’re Pregnant (Until You’re in Labor).
Since it seems like such a far-fetched notion, we asked listeners to send in any real-life anecdotes. And they’ve been rolling into our MomStuff Inbox — at an admittedly startling rate.
All the flurry over Schwarzenegger’s ‘out-of-wedlock’ birth got me thinking about the language we use to discuss babies born to unmarried or married-but-not-to-each-other parents. To me, terms like “out-of-wedlock children” and “unwed mothers” have a culturally negative ring to them, echoing more flagrantly offensive descriptors, “bastard” and “illegitimate.” Moreover, they seem outdated since out-of-wedlock births aren’t out of the ordinary anymore.
Just when we thought we had everything figured out about magically predicting how the sexual organs inside a fetus will turn out (barring telepathy — although I could probably sell a TV series called “Mind Reading Mommies” faster than you can say ‘breastfeeding’), some Japanese scientists had to come along and shake things right back up like a hysterical baby rattle.
Teen parents are more likely to produce boys while middle-aged parents are more like to produce girls. Satoshi Kanazawa over at Psychology Today breaks down this pattern by the numbers and comes up with a couple stunning observations:
Here’s a bit of beer advertising history that Molly and I left out of our St. Paddy’s Day podcast, courtesy of Stuff Mom Never Told You listener Erin. The old “Guinness Is Good for You” slogan fostered some medical myths about the beer’s supposedly healthful properties. For instance, pregnant women were thought to benefit from […]
There’s a reason why Molly and I waited for more than 200 episodes of Stuff Mom Never Told You to have a frank conversation about abortion. It’s one of the most controversial and divisive political, social and health issues simmering in the American mainstream. Our abiding podcast philosophy is to maintain objectivity as much as possible, and, frankly, we needed 200+ episodes of practice to present abortion in as honest, nonpolitical way possible. Hence, the podcast title “A Politics-Free Abortion Podcast.”
We’ve heard about the forthcoming STD testing app for smartphones. Just yesterday, HowStuffWorks premiered a super fantastic app that is guaranteed to change your life. And as if life couldn’t get any more amazing thanks to cell phones, psychologists have discovered yet another functionality for these gadgets. Cell phones might be able to track a woman’s fertility.
by Cristen Conger | October 28, 2010
A while ago, Molly and I talked about “Can you get pregnant on your period?” on Stuff Mom Never Told You. And in brief, yes, you can. Sometimes, ovulation and menstruation can overlap just enough to where sperm hanging around after intercourse could possibly fertilize an egg. Oops.
But what about being on birth control, you ask?
Having a baby bring about a host of changes in new moms’ lives — and their brains. A recent neuroimaging study suggests that women experience gray matter growth in certain brain regions during the first few months of motherhood. The added gray matter volume was concentrated in the prefrontal cortex, parietal lobes and midbrain areas that are associated with maternal care. Mothers who openly doted on their babies the most showed the greatest amount of gray matter growth, indicating that the neurological adjustment is the body’s way of prepping women to be good mothers.
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