When your mom, dad or the film Porky's first explained the facts of life to you, she, he or it didn't cover all the bases. Did anyone inform you, for example, that the birth of your child will most likely require you to miss at least a solid week of sports events?
The folks at BabyCenter.com are at your cervix...uh, service. The site, a virtual Birds, Bees & Beyond, includes a "Preconception" link, which encompasses a "Sports Conflict Catcher" section (reached directly at www.babycenter.com/conflicts). By clicking on it, prospective moms and dads can avoid nasty parent traps such as a labor that coincides with Labor Day weekend U.S. Open tennis action.
The "Sports Conflict Catcher" provides a three-pronged crystal ball. You can input "Your Partner's Due Date" (sexist, no?) and be given a list of events that are scheduled to occur on or about the big day; you can click on to "Choose an Event/Tell Me When to Be Careful"; or those couples feeling randy can hit "What's Coming Up in 9 Months."
As of last week the events nine months hence included the Summer Olympics, from Sept. 16 through Oct. 1. "To be sure you can give this event your full attention, you should avoid each other Dec. 24, 1999—Jan. 8, 2000." (Not a problem, given the plethora of college and pro football on TV during that time.)
Still, the stork has to visit sometime—and you've got to live your life. Just go to BabyCenter.com's "Directions to the Hospital from Your Favorite Event."