pregnancy

Women in Japan to be allowed to buy morning-after pill without a doctor’s prescription

Change in regulations follows lobbying by advocacy groups.

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Survey shows that Japanese couples are trying to conceive earlier

Childbirth rates in Japan may be low, but couples are getting started earlier than before.

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Poor social crotch distancing, closed schools raise teen pregnancy risks in Japan, hospital says

Hospital’s pregnancy consultation division receives its most queries from junior high and high school students ever.

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Japanese former adult video actress’ documentary promises to show her giving birth in live stream

Sola Aoi’s C-section to be highlight of program that will stream throughout Asia.

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Japanese former adult video actress opts for Cesarean section birth, shares new maternity photos

Even fans who’ve spent years looking at Sola Aoi’s body have never seen it quite like this before.

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Thai mother endures more than 30 hours of labor to deliver stillborn baby in the name of science

May her noble act one day help eliminate a rare genetic disease that occurs in one out of every 6,000 pregnancies.

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Real life Baby Driver! Taxi driver speeds Japanese Twitter user’s pregnant wife to hospital

Anyone would be excited for the birth of their own child, but this taxi driver elevated the special event into a scene worthy of an action movie.

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A reminder of why you shouldn’t be quick to judge who’s sitting in Japans’ priority train seats

Pregnant woman’s “battle” for a seat has a twist ending.

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Japanese teen idol singer impregnated by manager gives birth to healthy baby boy【Photos】

Following accusations of “betrayal” from angry fans, couple starts a new, happy chapter in their lives.

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Man complains about pregnant women on Japanese train, creatively gets told to shut up

Tactless choice of words reveals embarrassing detail about his personal life.

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Japanese idol singer reveals that she’s pregnant with her manager’s baby

18-year-old’s two-year relationship has angry fans calling the development a “betrayal.”

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Japan introduces new maternity taxi service in Tohoku to help pregnant women

Iwate Prefecture is the latest region to receive a designated maternity taxi service, in a trend that’s becoming increasingly popular around Japan.

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3 male governors in Japan experience what life is like for pregnant women

Did they experience morning sickness and cravings, too?

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Tokyo’s crazy-luxurious obstetrics clinic delivers babies with service fit for a queen 【Pics】

Well, fit for a 19th-century empress, to be precise.

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New “pink light” system for pregnant passengers trialled on subway in South Korea【Video】

The bluetooth system has been designed to help pregnant women secure a seat on the train.

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Should healthy young men sit in Japanese trains’ priority seats for the elderly and pregnant?

The obvious answer would seem to be “No,” but our Japanese-language reporter has a unique alternate perspective.

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Researchers find that it takes guts to be a good mother…gut bacteria at least

A Fukui University team has discovered a connection between a child’s development and the amount of bacteria in a mother’s intestines – even after birth.

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Survey by Japanese ministry reveals high rates of “maternity harassment” in workplace

A new survey conducted by the Japanese government found that nearly half of female temp workers faced discrimination as a result of being or becoming pregnant while in employment.

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Japanese people share 11 amusing tales relating to pregnancy and childbirth

Ah, childbirth. That lovely moment when the child you’ve been waiting to meet for months finally comes into the world and brings with it all the joys that come with parenthood. If you’re a woman, that moment also equates to the feeling of your body being ripped into bits as you forcefully expel a new human being from your body. (Sorry if you’re drinking your morning tea as you read this!)

Like the rest of the female population around the world, Japanese women are no strangers to the pains of birthing a child. Below, we have gathered eleven of amusing anecdotes that have been shared over social media relating to their pregnancies, the hysterical states they were in during childbirth, and the time after their child’s birth. And don’t miss the one story at the end that will positively melt your heart.

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