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Saturday 4 February 2023 Dublin: 9°C

# Pregnancy

All time
# whisper challenge
This man's overjoyed reaction to becoming a grandfather is going super viral
“You are going to be a grandparent.” “You are going to the BEACH?”
Oh nothing, just a photo of a woman doing an exam WHILE IN LABOUR
Now that’s commitment.
# Sierra Leone
'They touched our breasts and stomachs to see if we were pregnant'
Pregnant girls are shunned in Sierra Leone – and banned from exams.
# Labour Pains
10 things nobody tells you about giving birth
Warning: anyone with a vagina might want to look away now.
Voices
Construction site to delivery room: How I became one of Ireland's few male midwives
Dan Oakes worked as a project manager building skyscrapers. But when the bust came along, he decided to retrain as a midwife.
Voices
'I'm sorry, there's no heartbeat': I thought it was my fault we lost our babies
Losing a baby through miscarriage, especially in your first trimester, is a very peculiar and isolated kind of grief. All I wanted was for people to acknowledge our loss and say ‘I am sorry ’.
Voices
We need to create a solution to abortion. Children as young as 8 need to get sex education in school
A lot of people will consider what I’m suggesting controversial, ridiculous or pointless – but we need to create real solutions to real problems and bring the number of abortions down, writes Liadan O’Connor.
# buns in the oven
This guy just found out he was going to be a Dad after 17 years of trying
And his reaction is so sweet.
# Hallelujah
This woman brilliantly explained why you should never ask someone why they don't have kids
“It’s absolutely none of your business.”
# Equality Tribunal
Woman put on leave after telling employer she was pregnant awarded €12,000
The company claimed there was no suitable alternative work for her.
# HUNG OUT TO DRY
This pregnant woman is addicted to eating washing powder
She says the scent filling her nose and mouth is ‘divine’. Standard.
# daddy to be
A woman gave her husband a positive pregnancy test hidden in an Apple Watch box
His adorably delighted reaction is going massively viral.
Voices
Consultant turned tap and pregnant woman told, 'That’s the volume of blood that will gush out of you'
Dil Wickremasinghe writes about how she was treated by doctors when she opted for a home birth.
# Courts
HSE seeks court order to arrest pregnant woman who failed to show at hospital
The case was described as a “genuine human emergency” by the judge.
# bump in the night
A pregnant TV reporter was called 'a sausage in casing' - here's her brilliant response
Viewers told US weather reporter Katie Fehlinger that she looked ‘disgusting’ on TV. She was hardly going to let that slide, was she?
# Take a Break
This woman's way of alleviating labour pains has gone viral
To the left, to the left, to the right, to the right.
# Global Health
Seven million women in one year treated for complications from unsafe abortions
Complications from unsafe abortions can lead to chronic disability.
# Jailed
Woman in China avoids prison for ten years by getting pregnant 13 times
It is unclear how many of the pregnancies were carried to full term.
# Video Blog
Couple from viral pregnancy video tearfully announce wife's miscarriage
In their viral video, Sam surprised Nia about her pregnancy.
# surprise
This man went to INSANE lengths, so he could surprise his wife with her own pregnancy
Men of Ireland: do not follow this man’s lead.
Voices
Giving birth at home helped me to feel safe and in control
I want to raise awareness of the benefits of having a home birth in healthy pregnancies, with the hope that it will encourage more women to explore this option.
# Baby Bottle
Nearly half of pregnant women in Ireland binge drink
That’s the highest rate among four studied countries.
# walk in the park
A pregnant woman got lost in a forest, gave birth, then fought off placenta-hungry bees
Eventful few days, then.
# mombod
This mum is going viral after sharing a picture of her post-baby belly
Kimberly Henderson says she wants to remind mothers that their bodies are beautiful.
# Employment rights
Woman overlooked for promotion due to maternity leave awarded €70k
The employee says the insurance company said ‘bring it on’ when she said she would go to the Equality Tribunal.
Voices
We all have dreams as young girls. Having a termination is not one of them.
I never knew all the things that could go wrong with a pregnancy… until they happened. Life can throw your dreams upside down.
Voices
The pro-life case for a referendum on the 8th Amendment
We cannot have another 20 years of simply refusing to deal with this issue. Holding a two-part referendum could be the answer.
# Breakthrough
Woman gives birth to baby using ovarian tissue frozen when she was a child
The woman had fragments of her ovary frozen before undergoing chemotherapy at the age of 14.
# Georgia
Murder charges dropped against woman who took abortion pill five months into pregnancy
The baby lived for a half hour after it was delivered in the back of a car.
# she is not a criminal
177,000 women have left Ireland for abortions since 1971
“One woman told us how she was calculating how to throw herself in front of a truck or which bridge to jump off.”
# Risks
Obese women should lose weight before pregnancy, TCD researchers say
A new academic review warns that babies born to obese mothers face bigger risks during pregnancy.
Voices
'Ireland's maternity units are facing chronic and dangerous understaffing'
Maternity staff are being asked to deal with far, far more births than they can safely handle in hospitals up and down the country.
# Pregnancy
Viagra could be a really good thing for some pregnant women
The drug is good for more than one thing, you know.
# Homeless
Pregnant woman and partner who have had to spend 12 hours a day on the streets
Christine and Paul became homeless while getting ready for the birth of their child.
# Modern Family
Sofia Vergara "doing the right thing" by refusing her ex custody of frozen embryos
She is engaged to fellow actor Joe Manganiello.
# need to know
Even if you aren't actively trying for a baby you might need to take folic acid
Folic acid needs to be high four weeks after conception, so waiting until the pregnancy test is positive is too late.
# slip it on
Scientists develop condom that could feel better than nothing at all
Researchers are using new materials to create a condom that can enhance and preserve pleasure.
# the quadmother
This 65-year-old German mum of 13 kids is pregnant with quadruplets
German media say that the woman will do a TV interview on Monday.
Voices
'Ireland over-medicalises birth - and it is terrifying mothers-to-be'
Dil Wickremasinghe, since she has become pregnant, has found the maternity system is fraught with fear and discourages women from making decisions about the birthing process.