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Hello again,

Forgot to ask!

I have pregnant mice as you know,but one is my little Rose. She is ready to pop any day now, and I was wondering if it was normal for her to want to be with me all the time? She has a very large bin with lots of toys and four other females,but she always wants to be on me. For example, I took her out to spend time with her, and she decided to go lie down in my bra and she stayed there for the duration of a two hour movie. I tried to put her back, but she just ran up my arm and back down my shirt. She even goes to the extent of giving me crap by squeaking and going on when I try to put her back in bin. At night, she is fine and settles down, but during the day and she knows I'm home, she wants out. She will go to the highest point and just keep making noise till I take her out.
We always had a special bond, but I'm not sure if I should continue picking her up since she is so close to having her babies, i don't want to harm her in any way,but she gets so upset if I don't. What should I do? Help!!!

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Hi Lise,

It's completely okay to continue to handle your pregnant mouse!  The only time you don't want to be handling her is once she goes into labor, which usually begins late at night/in the early pre-dawn hours.  You'll of course have to be a little more careful that she doesn't fall when being lifted or when playing on raised surfaces, and that when you lift her, you scoop up her entire body instead of her middle section or her tail.

It's so great that you have such a special bond with her!  Congratulations on your upcoming litter!

-Tam

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