Pregnancy is considered on-topic almost unanimously. On the accepted answer, JBRWilkinson suggested that is is "a very good thing that people considering becoming parents proactively come to this site".

I am not a parent (yet) & before I pollute the site with off-topic questions, I'd like to know if the concept of family planning is considered relevant?

I guess some example questions may be around ovulation cycles or conception or financial preparation.

  • I though "family planning" was a euphemism for using contraceptives. I must admit I have no idea what you mean when you say it. Could you expand on this? Apr 12, 2011 at 13:01
  • @Lennart: While "family planning" in the US is often used as a euphemism by those who favor the use of contraception, that was not its original meaning. It once (well, when my grandparents were young, according to an older family member) meant a general strategy of having fewer children and investing heavily in the future of each, as opposed to the then-most-common strategy of birthing as many children as possible and hoping for the best.
    – HedgeMage
    Apr 12, 2011 at 16:56
  • @HedgeMage: It's still how to not have kids, which must be very off topic. :) Apr 12, 2011 at 18:25
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    @Lennart The "how do I not get pregnant more than I want to" part is very off-topic, but the "how do I invest in the kids I do have" part is the whole point of the site. :)
    – HedgeMage
    Apr 12, 2011 at 18:29
  • By "family planning", I meant "planning a family"; that is, questions about the steps before becoming a parent (not just sexually, but emotionally, finanically, house-preparationally). Apr 13, 2011 at 12:28
  • At first I was wondering if you were referring to your daughter/son's family planning, not yours! Apr 18, 2011 at 8:10

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Getting pregnant seems to be agreed to be off-topic, per the question you already linked. There's a proposal for a sex Stack Exchange site that would cover those sorts of things.

With regard to more general questions about what place in one's life one should be in before becoming a parent (emotionally, socially, financially, professionally, etc), I would consider them on-topic, but I'm not sure it's been discussed to the point of consensus yet.


There's a difference between getting pregnant and being pregnant.
I feel the latter is on-topic, the former is not. So: No, family planning is off-topic in my opinion.

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