Category archive: pregnancy

April 22, 2014

Is That A Scrotum-Cooling Gelpak In Your Pocket, Oh, It's In Your Underpants?

Some people have invented underpants designed to cool your testicles, which has a pouch to hold a refrigerated gelpak. This is intended to promote increased sperm production, since sperm and testicles are highly sensitive to overheating. This is called ball...
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April 21, 2014

Is That A Baby In Your Fleece Or Are You Just Happy To See Donuts?

I've learned not to ask or congratulate someone on her pregnancy just on visual evidence alone. But I just saw the second guy in two days who I'd swear was wearing a baby, but it turns out he just had...
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April 18, 2014

Coming Out As Pregnant

The NY Times has a brief excerpt of nice butch lesbian A.K. Summers' graphic memoir of coming out as pregnant. I hope it includes some thoughtful and entertaining lessons about how having a kid changes how we see ourselves...
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April 9, 2014

Never A Dull Moment In Berkeley

photo: aya brackett for remodelista "The cast iron enameled corner sink is original." "The gilded body cast on the wall is of Ayelet during one of her pregnancies." [remodelista via @hawthorneLAT]...
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February 25, 2014

Where Do 'Designer Babies' Come From?

So there are FDA hearings on an experimental gene splicing technique that involves replacing defective mitochondria in a woman's egg with healthy mitochondria from another woman, either before or after fertilization. And the fear surrounding this process is, as it...
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December 29, 2013

Peanuts Better, Says JAMA

I stumbled across this amazing study this morning--literally, since I stayed at a Holiday Inn last night, and it was in USA Today: ladies, just eat more peanuts during pregnancy, and our country's long peanut-free nightmare might be over.pregnant women...
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November 11, 2013

Mother Nature

WOW, I was told not to read Ariel Levy's account of her reporting trip to Mongolia while she was 19 weeks pregnant if I wanted to get anything done today, and I didn't listen, and I read it, and now...
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October 24, 2013

Must Not Make Magic Wand Jokes

I love that Canadian new dad Anthony Stuart is getting so much tumblr love for his Magic Show. I'm sure pregnancy and childbirth was effortless, instantaneous magic for his lovely assistant, too. The Magic Show [daddyslittleprop.tumblr.com via cbc]...
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October 17, 2013

Portrait Of The [Pregnant] Artist By Jennifer Rubell

Frieze Week is always good for a blog post or two. So mazeltov this year to noted Miami food- and gala-artist Jennifer Rubell, whose Portrait of the Artist, a monumental fiberglass-on-steel sculpture of her eight-months-pregnant self, complete with enterable...
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October 4, 2013

DT Friday Freakout: Pressured Parent Edition

A selection of anxiety-inducing news stories, collected, and delivered all at once to ruin your weekend (instead of your entire week)? It's the Daddy Types Friday Freakout: Is your kid not advanced enough for his age? Are you already fearing...
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October 1, 2013

Ford Models, Or Brooklyn Blastocysts On Ice

My online friend and hero writer Paul Ford has a great essay in Elle Magazine [really] about his and his wife's experience with fertility treatments and what to do with the extra embryos. In addition to being a great read,...
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September 20, 2013

DT Friday Freakout: Future Edition

There's less science and safety this week, but that shouldn't keep this exclusive amalgamation of headlines from ruining your weekend. It's the DT Friday Freakout: A bunch of NYC independent schools--but not all!--are saying they'll drop the E.R.B. as part...
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August 19, 2013

DT Monday Pullout

If you're on this site, you may already know that the pull-out method is a highly ineffective approach to contraception. In case you hadn't heard, though, science has proved it once again. 'Pull-out method' tied to unintended pregnancies [reuters]...
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August 10, 2013

DT Friday Freakout: Pregnant Economist Edition

In this special Saturday night edition of the DT Friday Freakout, our heroine, the pregnant economist, actually looks at the data underlying all those hardline proscriptions pregnant ladies get--about alcohol, coffee, sushi, deli meat, weight gain, &c.--and finds that people...
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June 28, 2013

DT Friday Freakout: Breast Friends Forever Edition

A special collection of news stories from the worlds of parenting, health and science to ruin your weekend all at once: it's the Daddy Types Friday Freakout: Breastfeeding gets your kid more friends and improves his social mobility for no...
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June 21, 2013

DT Friday Freakout

The Daddy Types Friday Freakout is a carefully curated collection fo headlines from the worlds of science, health, parenting, etc., designed to freak you out all at once, instead of a little bit every day: "How Long Can You Wait...
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June 6, 2013

Finland Still Giving Out Free, Swag-Filled Cardboard Bassinets

They were giving them out in 1938. they were giving them out in 1949. They were giving them out in 2008. And yes, the BBC's WTFScandinavianParenting correspondent reports this week that Finland is giving out cardboard bassinets stuffed with...
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May 15, 2013

Hold The Fetal Mint

A sign at some Dupont Circle salad restaurant today:...
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May 3, 2013

DT Friday Freakout: Edition Of The Rat

It's been that kind of a week, the kind where you wish you could avoid all the freakout-inducing headlines from the worlds of parenting, science, and safety. Where you wish you could just bundle them all up into one, so...
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April 2, 2013

Fukushima Babies Are A West Coast Thing

A study has found that kids in western US states born in the first four months of after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear meltdown were up to 28% more likely to have congenital hypothyroidism. The condition, which can be treated with...
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March 1, 2013

Personalized Dutch Belly Bands

From a purely practical standpoint, a belly band can keep a pregnant tummy warm--and can close the growing gap between too-short shirt and lowriding pants. I wish the guy who kept getting into the overhead bin right above me...
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February 5, 2013

Diary Of A Pregnant Woman, By Agnes Varda

Agnes Varda is one of my film heroes; her 1999 documentary, The Gleaners And I, was what finally pushed me to start making movies myself back in 2000. Now, amazingly, the Prague-based documentary streaming/subscription site Doc Alliance Films is hosting...
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February 1, 2013

This Russian Life

From WBEZ Chicago, this is Ira Glasnost. The public radio station's new ad campaign is encouraging listeners to make babies who will grow up listening to public radio and who will thus support their fundraising campaigns starting in 2032. In...
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December 16, 2012

'With A Gun In My Face'

Tech designer, entrepreneur, and dad Ryan Freitas' firsthand experience with gun violence feels really powerful. It's direct, reasonable, and, hopefully, persuasive for those who might feel that there is nothing to do or nothing to be done about gun regulation...
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December 7, 2012

DT Friday Freakout: L'Edition Sperme

We missed a couple of weeks, but here are a handful of headlines from the worlds of health, safety, and parenting, bundled up to freak you out all at once, on your own schedule. It's the Daddy Types Friday Freakout:...
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December 3, 2012

I'd Like To Welcome DT's Newest Guest Blogger, The Duke Of Cambridge

But I can't. HRH said he'd already lined up another gig. You win this round, Dadcentric! I might make a @dadcentric announcement soon. Got some "new" guys coming on board. About to get Dream Team up in here.— Jason Avant...
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October 5, 2012

Parenting Is Hard, Let's Go DNA Shopping!

Scientific American has a post warning about the potentially disastrous unforeseen consequences for humanity posed by pre-natal genetic testing and the increase in abortions and "abuse" that will "inevitably" follow:The 1% prevalence of schizophrenia makes it an apt target for...
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August 8, 2012

Tenshi No Tchotchke: 3-D Printed Resin Fetus Desk Ornaments Now Available In Tokyo

The Japanese medical imaging and modeling company Fasotec, based in Chiba, has partnered with a women's health clinic in Ebisu called Hiro-o Ladies, which, honestly, sounds like the Japanese version of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, but let's come...
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July 16, 2012

Yahoo!

Another piece of good news today - @zackbogue and I are expecting a new baby boy!postcards.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2012/07/16/may...— marissamayer (@marissamayer) July 17, 2012 When I heard on NPR this afternoon that Marissa Meyer was the next CEO of Yahoo, I was like,...
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June 24, 2012

DT Sunday Sippathon: Drinking For Two Edition

This weekend's Friday Freakout has been replaced, belatedly, by the Sunday Sippathon, wherein everyone nurses a drink while reading the results of a CDC-funded study which shows that moms' light to moderate drinking during pregnancy didn't have any discernible effect...
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April 27, 2012

DT Friday Freakout: Class Edition

The Friday Freakout, a compendium of parenting headlines delivered all at once instead of dribbled out daily, to ruin just your weekend, a Daddy Types exclusive: During the Obama administration, the food and beverage industry has doubled the amount of...
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April 26, 2012

Area Man Says That Gender Reveal Cake Is A Freakin' Uterus, Dude

Look, I'm outnumbered 20:1 by the Duggars alone, so I know DT's not gonna put a stop to the reality TV-style, socio-emotional construct of the gender reveal party, at least overnight. But if just one more expectant parent thinks of...
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April 12, 2012

Oxfordist Hearts Designer Babies

Oxford human advancement ethicist Julian Savulescu apparently believes that we should be optimizing the genes of the kids we make. He says so in this Philosophy Bites podcast, which I confess, I haven't listened to yet, but which I believe...
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April 9, 2012

Prego: It's In There! There Being My Uterus!

I know, I know, but seriously, isn't Prego the weirdest as hell name for anything?...
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March 25, 2012

The Four Sponsors Of The Apocalypse: Gender Reveal Twitter Party #pinkorblue

UPDATE, FINALLY BACKThe details: the Twitter party will be on Sunday, March 25, 2012 from 8-9pm ET. Follow the hashtag #pinkorblue to win prizes, talk babies, gender reveal, registries and more. Follow me @CharChronicles, @MBeans and @TheBabyGuyNYC in order to...
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March 20, 2012

'The State Department Says The Donor Determines Citizenship'

I'm kind of amazed by this story. Maybe it's the way it's written. The State Department's regulations do not consider kids conceived in vitro and born outside the US to US citizens to be eligible for US citizenship themselves. The...
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March 16, 2012

DT Friday Freakout

Whether it's criticism of your choice of preschool art party clown or something weightier, like, say, your soon-to-be-born baby being poisoned by everything in your house, the DT Friday Freakout is your one-stop headline roundup for ruining your entire weekend:...
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March 8, 2012

I Have No Idea What To Expect From What To Expect

Good gravy, I've been at this thing for years now, and for the life of me, I can't figure out what the hell is going on in the trailer for What To Expect When You're Expecting: The Movie. A...
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February 28, 2012

Unidentified Local Modelizer Impregnates Breastfeeding Icon

EXCLUSIVE* *Except for everyfreakingbody else:EXCLUSIVE: Uma Thurman expecting her third child with businessman boyfriend Arpad Busson [dailymail.co.uk]...
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February 24, 2012

DT Friday Freakout

Here are some headlines from the worlds of science, safety, politics and parenting, all balled up into one big freakout to ruin your weekend: A shorter Babble: "Helicopter Parenting: Am I the reason why my son's so difficult?" Yes. [babble...
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February 20, 2012

Not The Elimination Communication We Were Expecting

When we first heard from blogger John Biggs, he had just had his first kid, and was Daddy Types' first guest blogger. He posted a bit, then mentioned something about writing about his experience with elimination communication--and then life intervened,...
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February 10, 2012

One Of Those Things People Sometimes Blog About

Jenna Gabert's story about losing their baby just shy of 24 weeks into her first pregnancy is pretty straightforward and really well done. Also, very sad. One of those things no one talks about [thehairpin]...
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January 31, 2012

'Pregnancy Is A Choice, Not A Medical Condition'

After reading Dina Bakst's NY Times op-ed about pregnancy discrimination, political cartoonist Tom Tomorrow took a bit of the shiny, happy glow off of Jet Blue with these tweets. Pregnant and Pushed Out of a Job [nyt via @tomtomorrow]...
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January 24, 2012

Tilda Swinton On How To Not Raise A Murderous Sociopath

In an interview with the SF Chronicle about playing the mother of a school massacrer in Lynne Ramsay's adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel, We Need To Talk About Kevin, Tilda Swinton makes some sober observations about pregnancy and parenting:Q: It's...
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December 2, 2011

Pregnant Lesbian Daddy Types

Gotta confess, I don't have the categories and tags to do justice for A.K. Summers' web comic, Pregnant Butch, so let's just say congratulations, it's in a class by itself. Pregnant Butch, by A.K. Summers [act-i-vate.com via I wish...
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November 11, 2011

DT Friday Freakout: Lollipox Edition

Sometimes it's hard not to freak out over these stories when they're dribbled out by media. But then, that's exactly why Daddy Types bundles them up into one, giant Friday Freakout, so they can ruin your weekend, not your whole...
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September 27, 2011

Quick, Catch! Homebirthing Q&A For Dads

Natural Papa has a quick Q&A about dads and homebirth with Lome Aseron, an East Bay dad whose two kids were both born at home. It all looks like good, basic advice, but this still totally blows my mind:5. What...
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September 20, 2011

Hmm, Should I Cut Off Part Of My Son's Penis?

Here is the story of a guy--from his pen name, I'm guessing he's in Oklahoma City--who is, for the first time, really contemplating whether to cut off part of another guy's penis. He wisely asks his dad for advice--only to...
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September 17, 2011

There's Something About Ginger

European sperm banks: it's the little differences! So many things in this Telegraph story about Cryos, "the world's largest sperm bank," just seem odd. The ostensible news here: "Sperm bank turns down redheads." Which, whatever, it's Denmark, so fine....
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July 20, 2011

Who's Swaggerin' Now? Pharma Targets Yuppies With Costumed Fertility Rap

If you think about it, it'd be impossible not to wince-laugh at the very sight/idea of a sub/urban white couple in their 30s rapping about their frustrations with fertility. So the fact that they're wearing stupid bird & bee...
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