I’m constantly reading online pregnancy forums and Q&A websites looking for Questionunanswered pregnancy questions. Recently, I noticed a huge influx of interesting questions I’d never come across before. There are no silly questions in regards to pregnancy, but these questions certainly fall on the side of unique. 

I have everything I need for baby can I still have a baby shower?
There is no steadfast rule about having a baby shower when you have everything. Celebrities and socialites with generations of money in the bank have baby showers, so the simple answer is yes – you can have a baby shower even if you have everything you need for baby. Try planning a diaper party or a mom’s shower in place of the traditional baby shower. 

Can I drink Fresca during pregnancy?
Fresca is a brand name soda from the makers of Coca-Cola. The soda is calorie-free, but it does contain artificial sweeteners. If you are trying to avoid artificial ingredients during your pregnancy, you should skip Fresca. There are no pregnancy or fetal complications directly associated with Fresca. The two artificial sweeteners used in the soda – aspartame and Acesulfame potassium are considered safe for consumption during pregnancy. 

Can women go straight into active labor?
There are four stages of labor, but the most commonly recognized are active labor and delivery. The cervix starts to thin well before any active stages of labor with most women dilating up to three centimeters before any physical signs of labor start. In terms of contractions and pain, some women experience active contractions and fast labor that lasts only a few hours while other women experience more than 24 hours of labor.  

Can the Implanon implant cause pregnancy?
Implanon is a birth control implant. Having the implant inserted will not cause pregnancy. 

Is the pull and pray method an effective form of birth control?
The pull and pray method of birth control is also referred to as the withdrawal method. Most sex education classes deem this method as ineffective, but science may not support that claim. Based on a study published in 2009 in the journal Contraception, the effectiveness of the withdrawal method is on par with that experienced with condom use. The study author received a large number of negative comments after the report was published due to controversy over using this method as birth control. The pull and pray method will not safely protect against sexually transmitted disease or sexually transmitted infection. 

Source: Rachel K. Jones, Julie Fennell, Jenny A. Higgins, Kelly Blanchard. Better than nothing or savvy risk-reduction practice? The importance of withdrawal. Contraception 79 (2009) 407–410. 

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