New abortion restrictions take a digital turn

Pop Culture Shapes Women’s Pregnancy Expectations

Tanya Lewis, LiveScience Staff Writer

Two additional pills are taken at home, where her pregnancy is aborted. A follow-up visit is scheduled within two weeks. “Pills are being distributed like Tic Tacs,” says Troy Newman, president of Operation Rescue. “Nobody would accept medical treatment like that for any other procedure.” Between 2000 and 2011, 1.52 million U.S. women have used medication abortion, approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2000, according to the FDA. In rare cases, these abortions have been linked to sometimes-fatal infections, but the FDA has not determined that the drug definitively caused those deaths.
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Stretch maternity fashion beyond pregnancy

And none passed up an opportunity to flaunt their expanding shape, so most opted for form-fitting or tummy-grazing attire. Sarah King of Webster Groves, who is now eight months pregnant with her first child, said that she didnt buy any maternity clothes, but she did opt for going a size up on some outfits. The slim King, who owns and runs Blush Boutique, describes her style as boho street, so shes used to wearing layers that drape and flow. Ive been pretty fortunate, because I could use a lot of stuff that was already in my wardrobe, King said. But obviously I had to stop torturing myself and trying to stuff myself into skinny jeans. Now, shes sticking to maxi dresses and tunics with leggings that she wears below her belly. She also had a few Free People pants with a smocked waist and wider leg that worked well into her pregnancy.
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abortion protest

View full size image From morning sickness to odd cravings, cultural beliefs about pregnancy influence women’s expectations regarding what its like to be pregnant, a new study finds. But regardless of the pregnancy myths expectant mothers believe, the actual experience of pregnancy often departs from expectations, the study found. Hallmark pregnancy experiences such as morning sickness , cravings and feeling the baby kicking are widely talked about, while others such as exhaustion, swollen ankles or hemorrhoids often go unmentioned. “In a lot of cases, [women in the study] brought all these expectations from a lifetime of exposure to stories and other advice and family tales” to their pregnancies, said study leader Danielle Bessett of the University of Cincinnati, Ohio.
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