Preparing for Pregnancy

If you think you are ready for a baby, preparing for pregnancy means getting your body as ready to conceive as you can, and that may mean healthy eating and maintain physical fitness.

Check out our Guide to Pregnancy for an overview of what to do when including starting your folate supplements which is known to reduce the risk of neural tube defects, like spina bifida.

Prevent pelvic pain with pre-pregnancy exercise: study


Jane Kirby Women who want to stave off aches and pains in pregnancy should exercise regularly before they conceive, experts say.

Why I'm choosing to be a single mother right from the start


Kelly Barlow I believe that you get out of families what you put into them, and I will give mine my all.

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Dad-to-be's heartwarming reaction to pregnancy news

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When Doug Price's wife found out she was pregnant, she was determined to get her husband's reaction to the exciting news on camera.

Dads' smoking before conception increases asthma risk


LETITIA ROWLANDS Fathers who smoke are more likely to have children with asthma even if they quit the habit before their baby is conceived, according to new research.

The benefits of pre-conception genetic testing

Julie Cini, spinal muscular atrophy disease carrier whose twin daughter died of the disease at one year old.

Nicky Phillips and Amy Corderoy A new Australian company is offering pre-conception genetic testing for 145 diseases so couples can learn if they are unwitting carriers of disorders which may be passed on to their future babies.

The test you should have in pregnancy - or even before conceiving

The CMV test isn't routinely offered in pregnancy, but you can ask your doctor.

LINDY ALEXANDER It is one of the most common viral infections, but few people have heard of it.

Video: Husband surprised by sweet photobooth pregnancy announcement

Parents-to-be: Jessica Devins and her husband Michael.

In this video, photographer Jessica Devins surprises her husband Michael with some happy news – just as they’re in a photobooth.

Dealing with an unexpected pregnancy

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Danielle Colley If you'd decided you didn't want any more children, what would you do if you accidentally fell pregnant? Four women share their stories.

When you want a baby but your partner doesn't


Cassy Small My husband and I have enough to disagree on. Whose turn is it to do the dishes? Big Brother or Masterchef? However lately it’s the decision of whether or not to have another baby that is causing the most trouble.

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'I was born with a double uterus'

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Sandra G Boodman and staff writers Allison had severe pain in her tailbone and hip, was in agony once a month, and had no appetite. But doctors had no idea about what the 16-year-old's body was hiding.

Folate reduces risk of severe autism, finds study


AAP and staff writers A new study that shows a link between taking folate around the time of conception and a reduced chance of severe autism could have implications for other brain disorders, such as schizophrenia.

Bar sells pregnancy tests in toilets

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An American bar owner has installed a pregnancy test vending machine in the ladies’ toilets in an effort to prevent prenatal exposure to alcohol.

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Can you ever be ready for a baby?

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Brooke Tasovac Before you get pregnant, you might have all the boxes ticked - with your career, home and travel plans all sorted - or you could be the ' let's just see what happens' type. No matter what your style, it can help to think about the emotional aspects of parenthood.

Oriri maternity wear


Oriri maternity wear celebrate the incredible journey of pregnancy … and beyond.

The decision - I want a baby


Juliana Fridman We want a little version (hopefully a better version) of the mix between us. We have so much love to give and sharing with another one it will only make it bigger. So let’s go for it!

Quick workplace safety check

Workplace safety check

If you're pregnant or planning on conceiving it's time to give your work space a quick once over with this handy guide.

Low B12 mums 'up birth defect risk'

Pregnancy food

Babies whose mothers had low levels of vitamin B12 just before and after they were conceived could be up to five times more likely to be being born with a congenital defect, a study reveals.

Your menstrual cycle


It’s probably been a good few years since high school biology and chances are your memory is a little hazy when it comes to explaining your cycle in detail.

For optimum pregnancy

Optimum pregnancy

Your maternal instincts have kicked in and you are planning to start a family. In looking forward you have thought of everything from due dates to midwives, from names to parenting magazines; but have you thought about your body’s need to prepare for the best possible conception?

Reproductive Health Diet

Nutrition for Pregnancy

Establishing good nutrition and health not only supports your chances of healthy conception, but also means that you are set up for continued healthy habits for a healthy pregnancy and baby.


Ready to start a family?

Are you ready for a baby?

Having a child is almost certainly the biggest responsibility you will face. They turn your life (and house!) upside down and all of a sudden you have a small life whose existence depends on you.

Baby don't wait

Contraception alternatives

Louise Hall Women will be urged to work out a reproductive life plan from the age of 25 to prevent the agony of not being able to have children.

A man's guide to conception


There are some pretty important basics that you should be aware of if you want to successfully conceive.

See your GP when thinking about getting pregnant


Make an appointment to visit your GP to discuss getting pregnant, particularly if you have any pre-existing medical conditions.

Drugs and conception - preparing for pregnancy


Make an appointment to see your doctor to discuss whether any medications you are taking could cause problems with conception.

Limit caffeine intake


If you drink a lot of coffee it is better to reduce your intake now than to try and stop suddenly once you're pregnant.

Healthy eating habits


Nutritional status of both parents prior to conception can influence the health and well-being of your baby and its chances of optimum health throughout life.

Achieve a balanced diet


To achieve a well-balanced diet you just need to follow some basic guidelines.

Develop and maintain physical fitness


Moderate exercise is important for good health, whether you are trying to become pregnant or not.

Getting healthy for mums and dads-to-be


It is just as important for men to prepare their bodies for pregnancy as it is for women.

Quit smoking

Quitting Smoking

We're all aware of the damage that smoking does to our own bodies, so the best thing you can do for you and your baby is quit.

Your Guide to Pregnancy


Essential Baby The following guide offers helpful advice and suggestions about what you need to do next.

Books to read on pregnancy and parenting


Essential Baby sources the best books on conception, pregnancy, birth, diet, baby care and women's care.


Conception App

Download our FREE Ovulation Calendar; EB EggTimer iphone app to track and record your cycle, symptoms, & temperature.

Ovulation Calculator

Increase your chances of getting pregnant by determining when you are most fertile with Essential Baby's Ovulation Calculator.


Books to read on pregnancy and parenting

Essential Baby sources the best books on conception, pregnancy, birth, diet, baby care and women's care.

Sexual positions for conceiving

When it comes to conception there is a lot of discussion about successful positions for ‘making babies’. Unfortunately there is no widely-accepted ‘best position’ but here are some answers to common questions surrounding the act of conceiving.

Mum's desperate plea as whooping cough alert issued

A desperate mother has shared a heart-breaking video of her baby struggling to cope with a coughing fit caused by pertussis.

After three years, Ranjini is free at last

Ranjini, the Sri Lankan mother of three who has spent more than three years in detention after being deemed a national security threat by ASIO, has been freed.

Pregnant woman 'safe and sound' thanks to Bataclan concert hall hero

A pregnant woman who clung for life from a second-storey windowsill during the Paris terror attacks is reportedly "safe and sound".

Why are due dates important?

From the moment you discover you are pregnant you look forward to your baby's arrival.


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The contest that takes advantage of desperate couples

who would use the pain of infertility as an advertising tool? Who would take the personal tragedies of infertile couples to promote their own business?

Win ABC Shop prize pack for Christmas

What a boon it would be to have your toddler's Christmas gifts covered this year. We have two awesome ABC Shop prize packs to give away to two lucky winners.

Hero dad lost his life protecting hundreds of others

He was an innocent man caught in the middle of a murderous attack on his city. But instead of running the other way, Adel Termos made a heroic decision that saved the lives of many others but cost him his own.

Text service aims to fill the void for new fathers

A new text service for fathers aims to guide men through the life changing experience of having a child.

How to grow your own groceries

Follow these 31 tips to save money and enjoy time in the garden in the kitchen.

5 great things about having a baby

Having a baby is exhausting, hard work. It's also one of the greatest joys of your life.

Sick baby could die without scarce special formula, mum says

Lizzie Cann is down to her last three tins of a special formula in short supply.

Women sue over birth control pills

More than 100 women who became pregnant after taking birth control pills have filed suit in the US.

'Their footprints are never too small to leave an imprint on this world'

When she took the pregnancy test and two lines showed up, we were both ecstatic. We couldn't wait to meet our baby.

Squeaky shoes foil adorable toddler

We're probably all familiar with the pouty bottom lip and tightly crossed arms of a tot mid-strop.

Best bands to get families dancing

I'm not talking music made especially for kids here. I'm talking music from my childhood and it's the kind to really get down to (or not).

What are pregnant women Googling?

Pregnancy is a huge change for any woman, so it's natural we'll have questions - and turn to Google to ask them.

'I want him to forgive me'

As the mother of a baby born in detention, this asylum seeker feels guilt for bringing a new life into an uncertain world of incarceration.

The unethical claims helping drive demand for formula in China

Chinese parents are being led to believe formula will enhance their child's brain development, sparking a huge demand and impacting Australian stock.

Coffee could help you live longer

New US research found people who report drinking three to five cups of coffee a day are less likely to die prematurely from heart disease, suicide, diabetes or Parkinson's disease.

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Win one of two ABC Shop prize packs in time for Christmas

What a boon it would be to have your toddler's Christmas gifts covered this year. We have two awesome ABC Shop prize packs to give away to two lucky winners.

Beautiful 'now and then' images of premature babies

They are stunning photos that the parents of these beautiful no doubt feared they may never see.

Physios warn pregnant women not to crunch like Michelle Bridges

Experts are urging pregnant women not to do exactly as Michelle Bridges does when exercising, or they risk developing rectus abdominus diastasis.

Penny-pinching supermarket shoppers switching in droves

Half of Australia thinks it can get cheaper groceries by switching supermarkets, and about one in four of us have already switched.

Baby breastfed by wrong mother after hospital mix up

A newborn baby has been breastfed by a stranger after a NSW hospital bungled the identities of two newborns, devastating one mother and potentially exposing the newborn to health risks.

Nurses invent skin to skin c-section drape

The determination of three US nurses to provide immediate skin to skin contact to mothers delivering their babies by caesarean section has led to the invention of a unique surgical drape.

Baby's first photo shoot features a special guest

You can always be sure of a few things not entirely going to plan during a newborn shoot – little accidents are almost par for the course – but this shoot was memorable for a whole other reason.

We are not the family you think we are, I promise

Kids have a way of presenting a completely inaccurate impression of you, as parents, and as a family.

The hidden harm of foetal alcohol syndrome disorder

Experts believe many children diagnosed with ADHD might actually have FASD and that the number of people suffering from the condition across the country could be as high as 500,000.

Anaesthetist facing charges after ignoring woman's pain during caesarean

An anaesthetist could be punished after telling a woman enduring an "excruciating" painful C-section that she was not actually in pain.


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