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Do not breed. Nothing gives less pleasure than childbearing. Pregnancies are damaging to health, spoil the figure, wither the charms, and it’s the cloud of uncertainty forever hanging over these events that darkens a husband’s mood. Marquis de Sade, Juliette, 1797
Leonardo da Vinci makes the first ever drawings of the foetus in the womb. Alan Yentob, Leonardo III: The Secret Life of the Mona Lisa, BBC 2003
There’s something I have to talk to you about. Lilyhammer s1e4: The Midwife 2012 BBC starring Steven van Zandt & Trond Fausa Aurvag & Marian Saastad Ottesen & Steinar Sagen & Anne Krigsvoll et al, Sigrid to Frank, BBC 2012
Yes. It’s been a bit sudden, but we’re looking forward to it. ibid. Sigrid to male midwife, with Frank scowling
I had a relationship once. It was very much like a marriage. We got pregnant. This was long time ago. [sighs] I remember getting up one morning and going to work. Just another day like any other, except it was the first day after I knew about … pregnancy. And I felt this fear for the first time ever. I remember thinking, ‘How can I bring a child into a world like this? How can a person grow up with all this around them?’ I told her I didn’t want to have it, and over the next few weeks, I wore her down. Se7en 1995 starring Brad Pitt & Morgan Freeman & Kevin Spacey & Gwyneth Paltrow & Richard Roundtree & Richard Schiff & R Lee Ermey & Mark Boone junior & John Cassini & Reg E Cathey et al, director David Fincher, Somerset
You didn’t even get me an anniversary present, now you want to go and get me pregnant. The Last Picture Show 1971 starring Jeff Bridges & Timothy Bottoms & Ellen Burstyn & Ben Johnson & Cybill Shepherd & Cloris Leachman & Clu Gulager et al, director Peter Bogdanovich, Charlene to Sonny
I’m pregnant with Seth’s baby. The Fly 1986 starring Jeff Goldblum & Geena Davis & John Getz & Joy Boushel & Leslie Carlson & George Chuvalo & David Crronenberg et al, director David Cronenberg, Ronnie to ex-boss/boyfriend
The nearest thing I can figure out is that they are born pregnant. Which seems to be quite a time saver. Star Trek s2e15: The Trouble with Tribbles, McCoy on bridge
A presence entered my body. Star Trek: The Next Generation s2e1: The Child, Troi
Counsellor Troi’s pregnancy continues to progress at an astonishing rate. ibid. Picard’s log
I’m pregnant. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine s4e21: The Muse, Lwaxana to Odo
Back home pregnancy is considered a rental. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine s5e4: Nor the Battle to the Strong, Quark
In 1936, 900 girls came home from the Nuremberg rally pregnant. Unwed mothers were known as The Führer Brides. Third Reich: The Rise I, History 2010
What you say of the pride of giving life to an immortal soul is very fine, dear, but I own I can not enter into that; I think much more of our being like a cow or a dog at such moments; when our poor nature becomes so very animal and unecstatic. Queen Victoria, letter to Princess Royal 15th June 1858
I think I’m pregnant. I’m going to have a baby. The Young Ones s2e2: Cash ***** Vyvyan, BBC 1984
We haven’t got any money! Vyvyan’s baby will be a pauper! Oliver Twist! Geoffrey Dickens! Back to Victorian values! I hope you’re satisfied, Thatcher! ibid. Rick
A few exceptional males also get pregnant. David Attenborough, The Trials of Life: A Natural History of Behaviour I: Arriving, BBC 1990
Across the world tens of thousands of people have been part of a truly remarkable scientific project. It’s altering our understanding of what made you the way you are today. Scientists think they have discovered in these people’s lives the secret of a healthy happy long life for all of us. Studying our journeys from baby to adulthood is revealing the most important part of your life, maybe one you can’t even remember: the nine months before you were born. Horizon: The Nine Months That Made You, BBC 2011
David Barker believed that in these records he had found a simple and powerful link between a low weight at birth and heart disease later in life. The idea that future health was linked to birth weight was named the Barker Theory. ibid.
From the moment you are born parts of your future health, happiness and personality could already be determined. ibid.
Scientists are discovering it’s not just the food that reaches us in the womb but also the hormones we are exposed to that could powerfully affect how our life unfolds. ibid.
More testosterone exposure makes your behaviour more male. ibid.
For every thousand pregnancies in Britain one has a spine or brain defect like spina bifida … It’s partly genetic. That it can be prevented. Horizon: Spina Bifida & Me, BBC 2018
Such an important part of me was determined when I was the size of a sesame seed. ibid.
Spina bifida is something of a lottery. ibid.
That means operating on the foetus while it’s still in the womb. ibid.
Spina bifida has a well known prevention – a B vitamin called Folic Acid. ibid.
We’re pregnant. The Royle Family: Pregnancy s2e1, Denise, BBC 1999
I don’t think he realises what hard work it is for me carrying another person around. The Royle Family s2e4: Nana Comes To Stay, Denise
An estimated seven thousand babies will be born brain-damaged with an entirely preventable condition ... They will live their lives with an invisible disability. Exposure: When Pregnant Women Drink, ITV 2015
It came as quite a surprise when I found out. Ken Loach, The Wednesday Play: Cathy Come Home, story Jeremy Sandford ***** BBC 1966
Michael: How long have you known about the pregnancy? A week? A month? A year?
Jim: Michael, we only told our parents last week.
Michael: Did you pee on a stick?
Jim: I did. It was inconclusive.
Michael: You should’ve told me.
Pam: You’re right. We should have realized that you are an equal part in this. The Office US s6e1: Gossip, NBC 2006
They had an accident. And you know what, these two people they’re living together. They are having lots of consensual sex ... You can’t expect them to be careful every time, because frankly it’s a different sensation. The Office US s6e4: Niagara I, Michael to reception guests
It’s one of the most common fetishes. The Office US s8e7: Pam’s Replacement, Gabe to pregnant Pam
And Isaac entreated the Lord for his wife, because she was barren: and the Lord was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. Genesis 25:21
Technology is on the brink of rewriting the rules of procreation. We could soon make children from two fathers. Or two mothers. Babies could grow outside the womb ... Will sex become extinct? Morgan Freeman’s Through the Wormhole: Will Sex Go Extinct? Science 2013
This is the story of the making of you ... The beginnings of life: eight crucial and perilous weeks. Michael Mosley, Countdown to Life: The Extraordinary Making of You, BBC 2015
The amount of green veg you eat during that critical period around the time of conception can have a significant impact on the rest of your life. ibid.
Just one in every ten thousand people have organs that have ended up on the wrong side. ibid.