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.

When you want a baby but your partner doesn't

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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

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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

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The decision - I want a baby

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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'

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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

Limit caffeine intake

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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

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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

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

Develop and maintain physical fitness

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

Getting healthy for mums and dads-to-be

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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

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

Books to read on pregnancy and parenting

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

Tools

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.

Resources

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

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'Tired' mum dies of undiagnosed diabetes

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5 co-sleeping myths busted

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When pregnancy takes you down memory lane

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Returning to exercise after a caesarean

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Parenting lessons I’ve yet to learn

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The new weekend playgroup for working mums

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Letting your toddler be the boss at bedtime

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7 mistakes old hands make with new babies

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Consulting 'Dr Google' when you're pregnant

We're all guilty of turning to the internet for a quick answer when we need medical advice, but Dr Google should be approached with caution - especially when you're pregnant.

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