1. They stick a big needle into your back and you jump and are sure you have just paralyzed yourself. The first needle is a shot to numb your skin and then a bigger, hollow needle goes in with a tiny tube that gets threaded into your spine.
     

  2. What I learned from hanging out with lemurs

    Spoiler alert: Bring Craisins and applesauce 

     

  3. Mila Kunis is pregnant. Ashton Kutcher is not. Got it?

     

  4. Surprise: Kerry Washington had a baby two weeks ago

    s the star of ABC’s Scandal, Kerry Washington is no stranger to keeping secrets — but it’s still pretty impressive that she managed to give birth two weeks ago without anybody noticing.

     

  5. How to ensure it’s a boy (according to 100-year-old pregnancy guides)
    It all depends on which ovary you decide to use, obviously

     


  6. The parts of generation during labor should always be well oiled or greased with lard, as it greatly assists and mitigates the suffering, and lubricates the parts of passage.
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    From John Gunn’s 1861 book Gunn’s New Domestic Physician

    How to give birth 100 years ago

     


  7. A certain mother while pregnant longed for gin, which could not be gotten; and her child cried incessantly for six weeks till gin was given it, which it eagerly clutched and drank with ravenous greediness, stopped crying and became healthy.
     

  8. Russia’s answer to sex ed: Dostoyevsky and Tolstoy?

    There are some obvious reasons why relying on Russian classics to teach children about contraception and STD prevention is a horrible idea. Russian literature may teach us much about love and passion, but the technicalities of sex are largely absent. Nowhere in Fathers and Sons is there a helpful lesson on the ways herpes can be transmitted. Nor is there a scene in Uncle Vanya that confirms that you can, in fact, get pregnant from having sex underwater.

     

  9. 40 years later, Roe v. Wade is still under siege. The pro-abortion-rights Americans who fought to win the landmarkdecision might not recognize today’s bruised-and-battered version of the law. 

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    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  10. 800,000 women in the U.K. use a birth control called Implanon. It’s a match stick-sized device that is placed under the skin in a fat layer of the upper arm. It’s designed to release hormones that stop ovulation, preventing conception for up to five years. It’s a fairly simple procedure, and the implant can be taken out at any time. But it must be put in, and taken out, by a doctor. 

    But hundreds of British women who were using an implant nevertheless wound up pregnant last year and — after visiting doctors to have the implants removed — discovered that the implants were nowhere to be found. 

    The birth control that’s getting lost in women’s bodies

     


  11. If undecided voters tune into the Democratic convention and hear all about abortion, and tune into the Republican convention and hear all about the economy, Romney will win in a landslide.
     

  12. Forget those grainy, black-and-white sonogram photos. A Japanese company will create a 3D-printed model of your unborn child in utero (about $1,275). The company uses CT and MRI scans to create a digital model of the mother’s torso, which is then 3D-printed to scale. 

    Result: The “Shape of an Angel,” an opaque white fetus encased in clear resin representing the mother’s “amniotic” fluid.

    (Source: theweek.com)

     

  13. A resident of Lima, Peru, participates in a new dolphin therapy technique, designed to stimulate the brains of unborn babies with high-frequency dolphin soundsMore of the weirdest photos you’ll see all week, and a quiz!