Category:
Pregnancy

Coffin Birth

Also known as "postmortem fetal extrusion." The term describes the phenomenon of a dead woman giving birth to a dead baby, the "birth" being caused by the buildup of gas pressure in her decomposing body. It's not known for sure that this actually happens, because no one has ever witnessed it, but archaeological evidence has led researchers to conclude that it probably does.

More info: Bones Don't Lie, Seeker, Wikipedia.



Posted By: Alex - Sat May 06, 2017 - Comments (2)
Category: Death, Pregnancy

I’m Having Your Baby





"Having your baby is a way of saying I'm thinking of you."

No argument there!

Posted By: Paul - Sun Mar 12, 2017 - Comments (4)
Category: Music, 1970s, Pregnancy

The Bruce Effect

If a pregnant rodent is exposed to the scent of an unfamiliar male, she will often spontaneously abort. This is known as the Bruce Effect, after researcher Hilda Bruce who discovered the phenomenon while working at London's National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in the 1950s.

It's thought that the female rodent does this in order to make herself ready for mating with the new male — because the new male would probably kill the children of the other father once they were born, so why bother carrying them to term. The trick doesn't work with the scent of a castrated male.

The history of the NIMR (pdf - page 208) offers some interesting details about Bruce's research. The Parkes mentioned was Alan Parkes, her boss:

The Bruce Effect implied that every male mouse smells different to every other male mouse, at least to female mice, and that he produces a spectrum of odours that vary slightly between individuals of the same strain and differ markedly between individuals of different strains. With lateral thinking on how to prove their theory, Bruce and Parkes turned to Boake, a world famous perfumery.

Knowing how skilful perfumers must be in distinguishing between thousands of different odours, they persuaded some Boake representatives to visit NIMR for the purpose of smelling the mice. They invited them to sniff at pieces of cloth that had each been exposed to different cages of various mouse strains. The perfumers had no difficulty in distinguishing the different strains as all had a unique aroma; they even commented that four of the strains were quite similar – all of which had been bred from one original colony at Hampstead. They also noted that the CBA mouse strain, which was fairly new to NIMR, had a wonderful and pleasantly musky smell that could be of commercial interest in perfume manufacture!

Hilda Bruce

Posted By: Alex - Tue Feb 21, 2017 - Comments (0)
Category: Science, Experiments, Pregnancy, Perfume and Cologne and Other Scents

Mother’s Friend:  Hoo-Ha Liniment





Frankly, I am utterly gobsmacked at the notion of toughening up (and simultaneously "making pliable") the vagina prior to childbirth.

Original of second ad here.

Posted By: Paul - Mon Sep 05, 2016 - Comments (9)
Category: Patent Medicines, Nostrums and Snake Oil, Genitals, Pregnancy

Moonbump

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The Moonbump company claims to be suppliers of props to the film and TV industry. I suspect sexual fetishes are really involved, but I hesitate to inquire more deeply.

Posted By: Paul - Tue May 31, 2016 - Comments (8)
Category: Costumes and Masks, Movies, Pregnancy

Conception Days Indicator

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It's the Swiss engineering that sold me!

Original ad here. (Page 55.)

Posted By: Paul - Mon Feb 01, 2016 - Comments (5)
Category: Technology, 1960s, Pregnancy

Dolphin-Assisted Birth

Spiritual healer Dorina Rosin and her partner Maika Suneagle plan to have a "dolphin-assisted" water birth in the ocean, even though experts are warning that this poses many risks. For instance, there's the chance that a great white shark may show up. Also, dolphins in the wild aren't exactly the most docile creatures. They've been known to "toss, beat, and kill other mammals for no apparent reason despite enjoyment."

Nevertheless, Rosin and Suneagle feel these risks are worth it. After all, as long as they don't wind up dead, they believe their ocean-born baby will be able to speak dolphin. More info: CBS Atlanta

Posted By: Alex - Sun Sep 06, 2015 - Comments (4)
Category: Babies, Oceans and Maritime Pursuits, Pregnancy

Available On Craig’s List

Positive pregnancy tests are available on Craig's List for $25. Now why would someone buy one of those? Possibly as a joke, but possibly for nefarious purposes.

Posted By: patty - Sat Jun 01, 2013 - Comments (5)
Category: Pregnancy

Test Tube Babies



Intrigued by the trailer?

Watch the whole film below!



Posted By: Paul - Sun Oct 28, 2012 - Comments (3)
Category: Family, Babies and Toddlers, Movies, Sexuality, 1940s, Pregnancy

Bump Art

According to the Daily Mail, Bump Art is all the rage. This involves pregnant women painting their baby bumps. The Guardian interviews professional bump artist Julia Francis who says that "around 70% of women choose nature-based ideas such as flowers and leaves, a small percentage go for something 'really bizarre', and she has even done a few planets."

Well, it sure beats placenta art. I guess us men can always join in the fun by painting our food-baby bumps.

Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 20, 2012 - Comments (5)
Category: Art, Fashion, Pregnancy, Stomach

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