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#1 ~A2~

Posted 17 December 2012 - 09:15 AM

Hi all

New thread time

Previous thread

Regards

Ali


#2 living_bravely

Posted 17 December 2012 - 10:57 AM

GOLD



"Due In" August 2013



JULY

Julies1984 (31st)
baby #2 (1st for DP)
DD 4yrs
Finding out? No
location: Canberra

lilpossum#1 (30th)
Baby #2
Finding out? No
Location: Gold Coast


AUGUST 1ST

Bubbalove121
baby #2
DS 10 months
finding out? Yes
Location: Canberra

Steffijade81
Baby #2
DD 2.3yrs
Finding out?
Location: WA

Superduperexcited
Baby #1
Finding out? Yes
Location: Kalgoorlie

Graciebaby
Baby #1
Finding out? yes
Location: NSW

Threelittlebirds
Baby #1
Finding out? Yes
Location: Geelong


2ND AUGUST

3RD AUGUST

Jopha
Baby #: 2
DD 2 years
Finding out? No
Location: Gold Coast

Alana Banana
Baby #1
Finding out? Undecided
Location: Perth



4TH AUGUST

~Bliss~
Baby #3 (#1 for DF)
DD 9, DD 6
Finding out? yes
Location: Melbourne

fforster1
Baby #2
DS 2yrs

LO123
Baby #2
DS 3yrs
Finding out? No
Location: Sydney

Fabienne
Baby #1
Finding out? not sure
Location: Melbourne

needanangel
Baby #1
Finding out?  probably
Location: Perth

Robynd
Baby #1
Finding out? unsure
Location: Sydney

im-am
Baby #1
Finding out? Not sure
Location: QLD


5TH AUGUST

Alliepantz
Baby #1?

Bumblebee
Baby #2
DD 6yrs
Location: NSW

Speshelle
Baby #2
DD 19 months
Finding out? Yes
Location: Melbourne


6TH AUGUST

Mrs_Mumma_84
Baby #2
DD/DS 5yrs
finding out? Yes
Location: QLD

Babe4me
Baby #2
DS 4yrs
Finding out? Yes
Location: Mildura

Shacols
Baby #4
DD 9, DS 7, DS 5
Finding out? not sure
Location: Sydney

Lisa86b1
Baby #1
Finding out? yes
Location: Secret Harbour, WA

Brom85
Baby #2
Finding out? not sure
Location: Melbourne



7TH AUGUST

leebec
Baby #1
finding out?: Yes
Location: Sydney

Mindi81
Baby #4
DS1 6yrs, DS2 5yrs, DD1 2yrs
Finding out? Not sure
Location: Bairnsdale, VIC

Ellejays
Baby #1
Finding out? Not sure
Location: SA

8TH AUGUST

Living_bravely
Baby #2
DD 19 months old
finding out?: yes
Location: Brisbane

Tea-Snob
EDD: ? August 2013
Baby #1
Finding out? No

Littlepip
Baby #1
Finding Out? not sure
Location: Adelaide, SA

Chloesmum2008
Baby #2
DD 4yrs
Finding out? yes
Location: Adelaide

Big blue sky
Baby #1
Finding out? Unsure
Location: ?



9TH AUGUST

Satiress
Baby #4
DD 5yrs, DD 3yrs, DS 16m, DSS 12yrs
Finding out? Yes
Location: Sydney

Minime!
Baby #2
DD 16 months
Finding out? No
location: Melbourne

Dessy123
Baby #3
DS 9, DS 5
Finding out? Maybe
Location: Perth

Paintbrush
Baby #4
Finding out? yes
Location: WA


10TH AUGUST

ChickyMumma
Baby #3 and #4! IDENTICAL TWINS!
DS1 2.5yrs, DS2 1.5yrs
Finding out? Yes
Location: Rural SA

[color="#9ACD32"]11TH AUGUST

Jenooo
Baby #2
DS 13 months
Finding out? Yes
Location: Sydney

Cassie92
Baby #1
Finding out? yes
Location: VIC/NSW border

princess_Meli
Baby #1
Finding out? Yes
Location: Cheltenham, VIC

*Dreaming*
Baby #1
Finding out? Yes
Location: Central Coast


12TH AUGUST

Rose_Butterfly
Baby #3
DD 7, DD in heavan 11/5/07- 3/11/07
Finding out? No
Location: Gold Coast

Lucinne
Baby #2
Finding out? No
Location: Surry Hills


13TH AUGUST

Kerri76
Baby #2
DD 3yrs
Finding out? Yes
Location: Sydney

ymchem
Baby #1
Finding out? Yes
Location: ?


14TH AUGUST

Smileyhappy
Baby #2
DS 2.5yrs
Finding out? not sure
Location: Sydney

Dreams25
Baby #1
Finding Out? Not sure
Location: Melbourne

ChittyChat
Baby #1
Finding out? Tempted
Location: Mosman

Leeleelou82
Baby #1
Finding out? ?
Location: ?


15TH AUGUST

miss-petal
Baby #1
Finding out: Yes
Location: Gold Coast

Kelbelle
Baby #1
Finding out? No
Location: NSW

Briandrea
Baby #3
DD 4, DS 2
Finding out? not sure
Location: Brisbane

Kazzy84
Baby #1
Finding out? No
Location: Sydney


16TH AUGUST

Starposs
Baby #2
DS 23months
Finding out? Yes
Location:

HeartMyBoys
Baby #3
DS1 4.5yrs, DS2 3yrs
Finding out: Yes
Location: Melbourne

Emelsy
Baby #2
DS 2
Location: Sydney

Sandibear
Baby #2
DS 1
Finding out? No
Location: Newcastle

Shelly8888
Baby #2
DS 16 months
Finding out? Yes
Location: Gippsland

Romy_syd
Baby #1
Finding out? Yes
Location: Sydney

Halismt
Baby #3
DS 10, DD 8
Finding out? yes
Location: Roxby Downs

Teamsawyer
Baby #3
DD 5, DD 3
Finding out? No
Location: Victoria

Graceful lily
Baby #1
Finding out? Yes
Location: Sydney


17TH AUGUST

Knottygirl
Baby #3
DS 3.5, DS 23 months
Finding out? Yes
Location: Gold Coast

Stephjane
baby #1
Finding out? Yes
Location: Central QLD

Impish
Baby #1
Finding out? not sure
Location: Melbourne


18TH AUGUST

Izzibeach
Baby #1
Finding out? Yes
Location: Country WA

Lilac06
Baby #1
Finding out? Yes
Location: Melbourne


19TH AUGUST

Babieluv
Baby #1
Finding out? Yes
Location: Canberra

smh82
Baby #3
DD 3.5, DD 2
Finding out? Yes
Location: Perth

AndieLee
Baby #1
Finding out?
Location: ?

Chloemay
Baby #1
Finding out? yes
Location: Sydney


20TH AUGUST

21ST AUGUST

Bruynchild
Baby #2
DD 20 months
Finding out? Not sure
Location: Manly


22ND AUGUST

mummyummy
Baby #3
DD 8, DS 3
Finding out? Yes
Location: Melbourne

StellarSkies
Baby #2
DD 2yrs
Finding out?
Location: Melbourne


23RD AUGUST

Shelly1170
Baby #3
DD 6, DD 4.5
Finding out? Yes
Location: Bangkok (usually PNG, originally Sydney)

Loz*star
Baby #3
Finding out? Yes
Location: Sunny coast

Hazel_eyes
Baby #1
Finding out? Yes
Location: Brisbane


24TH AUGUST

Jens1607
Baby #2
DD 9 months
Finding out? No
Location: Central Coast NSW

K_farxad
Baby #1
Finding out? Yes
Location: Melbourne


25TH AUGUST

Madalem
Baby #1
Finding out? not sure
Location: Melbourne


26TH AUGUST

Kittylee
Baby #1
Finding out? Unsure
Location: Sydney

Dexter_Rexter
Baby #1
Finding out? No
Location: brisbane


27TH AUGUST

Diamond3
Baby #3
Finding out? Not sure
Location: WA


28TH AUGUST

Jillian_10
Baby #2
DS 9 months
finding out? yes
Location: Melbourne


29TH AUGUST

Tess840
Baby #1
Finding out? yes
Location: Brisbane


30TH AUGUST

31ST AUGUST

MiracleBaby11
Baby #2
DS 16 months
Finding out? Yes
Location: Orange, NSW


1ST SEPTEMBER

zrello
Baby #2
DD 9 months
Finding out? yes
Location: Melbourne



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Edited by living_bravely, 02 January 2013 - 08:41 PM.


#3 HeartMyBoys

Posted 17 December 2012 - 11:04 AM

My symptoms are fading. I know in my head that this can happen, and is normal, but it still scares me. One more week till my scan. Surely i wont get bad news on xmas eve. I have everything crossed. Please please please let me see a healthy heartbeat and bring home pics of my bean so i can share the news on xmas day hands.gif

#4 ellejays

Posted 17 December 2012 - 12:27 PM

I would appreciate some advice - this is my first pg and I don't really know anything!

I had a first scan at 5 weeks 5 days (it was a dating scan) and found a sac and yolk but no hb yet.  The radiologist seemed very unconcerned.

We now have our first OB appt on 8th January where I will have a second scan and will be 9 weeks 6 days.

I'm having a hard time not knowing if this is a viable pg or not. I don't really have any symptoms except for a bit of mucus and occassional nausea (no vm) when I'm hungry.

Should I go back for another scan next week (8 weeks) or is that not really necessary?  Do I just need to tough it out??

#5 LO123

Posted 17 December 2012 - 01:13 PM

Hi Ladies, how is everyone going? Sorry I haven't been in for awhile. I have been terribly sick and just getting through what had to be done. The MS hit me about Thursday last week and it has been just awful. I have had a lot on with work and Christmas so had been a struggle just to get through it all. I am struggling also with terrible sinus which I had with my DS. Have a dr appointment Wednesday as it is just getting too much. The MS doens't seem to be as bad today, which I don't know. Makes me a little bit nervous to why it has lessen but I am going to enjoy it while it lasts.

ellejays, do you have any reason to think this pg would not be OK. I am not getting a scan till 4 Jan, my Ob said that is when he will see me. For my DS I got one early but that was becasue I had spotting. If you have had no spotting and no past history of anything I would not worry.

HeartMyBoys, good luck for your scan. FX for you, I am sure you will hear good news....

Congratulations to the all new ladies....

Sorry for not doing any more personnals, but I wanted to come in and atleast say hi and hope your all doing well.

Edited by LO123, 17 December 2012 - 07:38 PM.


#6 HeartMyBoys

Posted 17 December 2012 - 01:19 PM

QUOTE (ellejays @ 17/12/2012, 01:27 PM)
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I would appreciate some advice - this is my first pg and I don't really know anything!

I had a first scan at 5 weeks 5 days (it was a dating scan) and found a sac and yolk but no hb yet.  The radiologist seemed very unconcerned.

We now have our first OB appt on 8th January where I will have a second scan and will be 9 weeks 6 days.

I'm having a hard time not knowing if this is a viable pg or not. I don't really have any symptoms except for a bit of mucus and occassional nausea (no vm) when I'm hungry.

Should I go back for another scan next week (8 weeks) or is that not really necessary?  Do I just need to tough it out??

I had a dating scan with my youngest son and was told i was in very early stage and we could only see the sac. A few weeks later i went back and all was fine. I went for a scan with my current pregnancy last week and they suggested not doing it and waiting another 2 weeks, as i might not see anything. I took their advice and have a scan on the 24th. If you want to put your mind at ease, and are happy to pay for a scan, then you should do it. Then you can spend xmas stress free




#7 HeartMyBoys

Posted 17 December 2012 - 01:20 PM

QUOTE (LO123 @ 17/12/2012, 02:13 PM)
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Hi Ladies, how is everyone going? Sorry I haven't been in for awhile. I have been terribly sick and just getting through what had to be done. The MS hit me about Thursday last week and it has been just awful. I have had a lot on with work and Christmas so had been a struggle just to get through it all. I am struggling also with terrible sinus which I had with my DS. Have a dr appointment Wednesday as it is just getting too much. The MS doens't seem to be as bad today, which I don't know. Makes me a little bit nervous to why it has lessen but I am going to enjoy it while it lasts.

ellejays, do you have any reason to think this pg would not be OK. I am not getting a scan till 4 Aug, my Ob said that is when he will see me. For my DS I got one early but that was becasue I had spotting. If you have had no spotting and no past history of anything I would not worry.

HeartMyBoys, good luck for your scan. FX for you, I am sure you will hear good news....

Congratulations to the all new ladies....

Sorry for not doing any more personnals, but I wanted to come in and atleast say hi and hope your all doing well.

Thankyou very much




#8 ellejays

Posted 17 December 2012 - 01:46 PM

QUOTE (LO123 @ 17/12/2012, 02:13 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
ellejays, do you have any reason to think this pg would not be OK. I am not getting a scan till 4 Aug, my Ob said that is when he will see me. For my DS I got one early but that was becasue I had spotting. If you have had no spotting and no past history of anything I would not worry.


Hi - I don't have any symptoms that suggest the pg is not ok.  It's mainly because of the following that I'm a bit edgy:

- Unexpectedly quick first pregnancy after always expecting it to take a long time!   I have never had a regular cycle and had a diagnosis of PCOS.  So it's taken us a bit by (happy) surprise.
- Family history - my brother & SIL have TTC for 2 years and have had at least one mc. My parents had a lot of trouble TTC and also had a mc.

I think it's mostly just first pg jitters and feeling like it's too good to be true!  I guess I don't want to want it too much only to find that it's not happening - but I guess you can't really live life like that can you? (now that I've said it aloud)

#9 ellejays

Posted 17 December 2012 - 01:47 PM

QUOTE (HeartMyBoys @ 17/12/2012, 02:19 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
If you want to put your mind at ease, and are happy to pay for a scan, then you should do it. Then you can spend xmas stress free


Thank you original.gif

We had our scan earlier than expected because I didn't know when I ovulated.  We thought we were at least 6 weeks and possibly 8, but it turns out the HPT showed up positive very very early!  So we were less than 6 weeks for the first scan. I would have waited longer if I'd known I was that early along.

#10 Starposs

Posted 17 December 2012 - 02:21 PM

Hi Ladies

Sorry I have been MIA recently. We have had so much going on and I haven't been feeling very well. Soooo exhausted.

Ellejays - I hope everything is ok darl. Try not to overthink it too much (easier said than done I know)

Heartmyboys - We have our dating scan on the 24th too original.gif Super excited!

#11 HeartMyBoys

Posted 17 December 2012 - 02:39 PM

QUOTE (Starposs @ 17/12/2012, 03:21 PM)
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Hi Ladies

Sorry I have been MIA recently. We have had so much going on and I haven't been feeling very well. Soooo exhausted.

Ellejays - I hope everything is ok darl. Try not to overthink it too much (easier said than done I know)

Heartmyboys - We have our dating scan on the 24th too original.gif Super excited!


Yay! original.gif

#12 living_bravely

Posted 17 December 2012 - 03:13 PM

Hi everyone!

Heartmyboys-  I understand how that could be unnerving. If you are feeling really concerned about it, could you move your scan forward?  Maybe to Friday so you can relax on the weekend?  But I'm sure you will get good news on xmas eve anyway.  And I'll be thinking of you.

Ellejays-  If it will put your mind at ease, and you can afford another scan, I would just go and get another scan hon.  Just so you don't have to worry about it.  You would be VERY lucky to see a heartbeat before 6 weeks, so your scan is completely normal, but I would just go again for peace of mind.  I don't have my scans until 7 weeks just to make sure I should see a heartbeat by then.  Believe me, it doesn't matter if it's your first our your fiftieth pregnancy, most ladies are very jittery in the first 8 weeks particularly and even the first 12 weeks.  I'd love to say it gets easier with each pregnancy but it doesn't LOL!


LO123 and starposs  waves.gif   I'm sorry that you are feeling under the weather and I hope you get some relief soon.

AFM-  Well the hormones are in full swing.  I have nausea and exhaustion and can't decide what I am going to eat.   Just a total lack of motivation really. LOL.  Wish I could just sit on the couch a snooze but I'm to busy!  So close to xmas our business is crazy and DD is teething poor thing.  I had an appointment with my TCM practitioner this morning and she said everything is going beautifully!  She is placing bets on a boy according to my pulse, which I would agree with at this stage.  She doesn't want to see me now until the 3rd Trimester unless I have spotting or something like that.  I have my scan on Friday and I am so excited about seeing the little guy in there.  FX it goes smoothly!

#13 Mishi_c

Posted 17 December 2012 - 04:31 PM

Hi,
I have done two HPT's and both were positive. I can't see the Dr till this Thursday, but we're sooo excited!!  I went off BC, it took just over four weeks to get my period, then before the second period was due I started to have period symptoms.  So the day they were due, I bought a couple of tests and you know the rest biggrin.gif
So I went from the first day of my last period and I'd be just over four weeks pregnant?

#14 HeartMyBoys

Posted 17 December 2012 - 04:40 PM

QUOTE (living_bravely @ 17/12/2012, 04:13 PM)
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Hi everyone!

Heartmyboys-  I understand how that could be unnerving. If you are feeling really concerned about it, could you move your scan forward?  Maybe to Friday so you can relax on the weekend?  But I'm sure you will get good news on xmas eve anyway.  And I'll be thinking of you.

Ellejays-  If it will put your mind at ease, and you can afford another scan, I would just go and get another scan hon.  Just so you don't have to worry about it.  You would be VERY lucky to see a heartbeat before 6 weeks, so your scan is completely normal, but I would just go again for peace of mind.  I don't have my scans until 7 weeks just to make sure I should see a heartbeat by then.  Believe me, it doesn't matter if it's your first our your fiftieth pregnancy, most ladies are very jittery in the first 8 weeks particularly and even the first 12 weeks.  I'd love to say it gets easier with each pregnancy but it doesn't LOL!


LO123 and starposs  waves.gif   I'm sorry that you are feeling under the weather and I hope you get some relief soon.

AFM-  Well the hormones are in full swing.  I have nausea and exhaustion and can't decide what I am going to eat.   Just a total lack of motivation really. LOL.  Wish I could just sit


Thx. I'll leave it for xmas eve. Not too far away now. Besides i got the first appointment of the morning so i can get up, get dressed and go straight there original.gif

Congrats Mishi_c. Welcome t the August club biggrin.gif

#15 Mishi_c

Posted 17 December 2012 - 04:41 PM

Thank you!
This is my first pregnancy, so I'm pretty clueless.

#16 needanangel

Posted 17 December 2012 - 06:07 PM

Hi!

Am i in the right place to join?

Due date: 4th Aug

first baby (if we are lucky this time!)

Had 3 miscarriages previously so very nervous in these early days...

Had early scan 6w 3 d and all was well though heart beat on the low normal side at 110.

Second scan booked for 8th Jan to double check.

At moment we are 7 w and 2 days.

Have been reading all your messages about symptoms etc and it has made me feel so much better that what i am feeling is very normal! Thank you!

Look forward to sharing my journey with you all.

#17 living_bravely

Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:35 PM

Welcome and Congrats Mishi_c and needanangel!  When you are ready, pop over to "the list" thread and add your details so I can add you to our EDD list.  biggrin.gif

Edited by living_bravely, 17 December 2012 - 07:35 PM.


#18 LumpySpacePrincess

Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:40 PM

Had my appt at the cancer clinic this morning and it went so much better than expected. I do have high grade abnormal changes but they were able to determine that its not cancer yet so i am able to continue with the pregnancy and they just want to see me again in 18wks to see if treatment needs to be done sooner rather than later but at this stage they think it'll be safe to leave it till i deliver. Woo Hoo!!! Now i know i can start telling people at xmas and dont have to be worried about having to abort for treatment original.gif

On a side note, i started vomiting today. Not liking this at all but atleast its no where near as bad as when i was pregnant with DD. I had MS day in day out from 4wks through till 42wks with her, was even hospitalized due to severe dehydration and malnutrition. Kinda glad i hav MS tho. Didnt with my last pregnancy and it all ended at 8 weeks so its a relief to know my levels are high enough for it to be affecting me. And im past the point that i started bleeding and lost the first bub last time and haven't seen any blood so far so fx for a long healthy pregnancy this time. I wasn't in a very good place in life last time so it may have been my bodies way of telling me that its not a good idea to be having a baby at that point but life is so much better now and this pregnancy was planned so im really hoping all goes well this time.

Hope i haven't missed anything in the past few days, been pretty busy getting my work done so i could take afew days off this week and haven't had much of a chance to get on here... Any new announcements?

#19 littlepip

Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:43 PM

So happy for you chloesmum!!!... That's such good news original.gif I think we're going to start telling around christmas too... yayayay!!

#20 LO123

Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:51 PM

QUOTE (ellejays @ 17/12/2012, 02:46 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Hi - I don't have any symptoms that suggest the pg is not ok.  It's mainly because of the following that I'm a bit edgy:

- Unexpectedly quick first pregnancy after always expecting it to take a long time!   I have never had a regular cycle and had a diagnosis of PCOS.  So it's taken us a bit by (happy) surprise.
- Family history - my brother & SIL have TTC for 2 years and have had at least one mc. My parents had a lot of trouble TTC and also had a mc.

I think it's mostly just first pg jitters and feeling like it's too good to be true!  I guess I don't want to want it too much only to find that it's not happening - but I guess you can't really live life like that can you? (now that I've said it aloud)


Ellejays, I can totally understand how you feel. I would do what ever you feel most comfortable with and if it puts your mind at ease it is worth it.

#21 LumpySpacePrincess

Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:52 PM

Thanks littlepip, it was such a relief to be told good news today.

Another thing i figured out today is my due date is 8/8... I already knew it was the 8th of august but hadnt seen it written in number format till today and then it hit me that my lil buba's due date is the same as my due date. I was born nearly a month early so it didnt turn out to be my birthday but its still a funny coincidence lol

#22 LO123

Posted 17 December 2012 - 07:59 PM

chloesmum2008, that is such great news. So happy to hear.....

Congrats Mishi_c and needanangel.

living_bravely, glad to hear all is going well, good luck for your scan on Friday. I too wish I could snooze on the couch.

#23 emelsy

Posted 17 December 2012 - 08:00 PM

Chloesmum2008-great news!
Ellajays- I understand ur nervousness, I'd be going for a second ultrasound. I'm current very nervous and I'm debating getting a scan done before January.
I'm very anxious as I have NO symptoms whereas last time I did. Dr was also concerned about my low HCG level. I did a second blood test today (a week after the first set) so ill find out later this week if they've gone up. I've read that it's not the number that's important is the fact they're increasing ok which is important. Still, some reassurance would be good.
The reason I'm so nervous is that DP had 2 SA done, the first was really low (we would never fall pregnant with the results) and the second was fine, but the lower end of fine. Also, he takes pretty hefty medication of which there are mixed reports of whether it affects sperm quality.
Anyway, not much I can do but wait. And not stress.



#24 living_bravely

Posted 17 December 2012 - 08:19 PM

Chloesmum that is just such wonderful news, you must be sooooo relieved and happy!  That is a really cool coincidence that bub is due the same day as you.  You and I have the same due date as well.  biggrin.gif

#25 LumpySpacePrincess

Posted 17 December 2012 - 08:32 PM

Thanks LO123, emelsy and Living_Bravely. Now all i need is an early scan and i can pretty much put all my worries aside. Besides having to be up early on a day DD isn't here its been a really good day. Cannot wait to start telling people. My doc rekons I'll be safe doing so as she thinks my M/C was related to everything that was going on in my life at the time and some uterine calcifications found just before i fell pregnant last time but they seem to have clear up now and all my blood test results came back normal which wasnt the case either last time so im pretty hopeful this time. Its still in the back of my mind as my family history seems to be that the females dont have any trouble falling pregnant but each person that has kids has had more miscarriages that live births. I think my best bet is to try and stay positive and hope for the best instead of dwelling on the worst.




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The middle name is no longer an afterthought, and parents' inspiration comes from many places.

Have a baby or your money back - but there's a catch

A new IVF scheme offers couples the chance to fall pregnant and give birth - or get their money back. But there's more to it than you might think.

A rare glimpse inside the womb

A baby born still inside the amniotic sac gave US doctors a rare glimpse at life inside the womb.

Battered mum forced to write to her attacker ex in jail

Three years ago Jason Hughes viciously attacked his ex-partner. Now she has to write to him three times a year.

Woman pleads not guilty to ultrasound scam

A West Australian woman will fight allegations that she scammed expectant mums by selling them fake ultrasound pictures of babies.

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Brain damaged mum receives compensation

A Sydney mother who suffered brain damage when she was hit by a car while pushing her newborn baby in a pram has reached a confidential out-of-court settlement with the driver's insurance company.

Indigenous midwives break down the barriers

A culturally sensitive midwifery service has gained the trust and respect of Aboriginal women.

The Katering Show's next big delivery

Most mums-to-be plan to take things easy and perhaps have a little break from work as the birth of their baby draws near. Not Kate McCartney.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

Why I have mixed feelings about Cindy Crawford's leaked photo

Last week an un-retouched photo of model Cindy Crawford surfaced, showing the 48-year-old mother-of -two posing in underwear.

How to create a Peppa Pig pancake

Thought your toddler could not love pancakes any more than they already do? How about if the breakfast treat came in the shape of every two-year-old's favourite cartoon character?

'It's a little life, not a little loss': pregnancy after miscarriage

I thought I was never going to be able to have a successful pregnancy. I decided that I wasn't going to form an emotional attachment with this baby.

Bonds Baby Search 2015: what you need to know

February 18 marks the start of one of the most prolific annual baby competitions in Australia: the Bonds Baby Search. And this year is going to be more special than ever.

Who will manage your Facebook account when you're gone?

This is not something that people like to talk about, but Facebook has announced that it will grant users more control over what happens to their pages after they die.

Struggling mum of four wins $188 million

Mother of four Marie Holmes was financially struggling after quitting her jobs at Walmart and McDonald's in order to care for her children.

Pregnant obese women a 'relatively new problem', coroner hears

A first-time mother whose daughter died hours after her frightening birth insists she was never told of the risks of being obese and pregnant.

'I'm angry as hell': the story behind mum's passionate vaccination plea

She has labelled parents who do not vaccinate their children "misinformed imbeciles" - and for that, she makes no apologies.

IKEA hacks for the nursery and kids' rooms

Are you one of those that know the whole IKEA catalogue by heart? Love their stuff but want to personalise it? Here's some inspiration to help you realise the potential of IKEA furniture and fittings.

8 different kinds of tantrums

I never thought I’d say this, but for a brief moment last week, Kim Kardashian and I had something in common: both our kids had public tantrums.

Polycystic ovary syndrome: symptoms, treatment and your fertility

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) is the most common female hormonal condition, affecting roughly one in 12 Australian women.

What's the best position for giving birth?

If doing it on your back is out, what's the best position for labour and birth?

Wife forgives snake catcher husband for car surprise

With Valentine's Day coming up, Nat Gilbert could be forgiven for thinking her husband might be planning a surprise for her.

Kids who meet milestones at their own pace

We usually only hear the success stories: tales of the two-year-old who’s talking, running and completely toilet trained. But other stories need to be told too.

Ruby shines as Bonds Baby

Sarah Kiss has a word of advice for proud mums and dads who are keen to enter their babies in this year's Bonds Baby Search Competition - just have fun.

Why dads should go to sleep school

If your family needs to go to sleep school, go with them. You are part of that family and you are part of the solution.

36 baby names inspired by food and drinks

A French court may have ruled out Nutella as a baby name, but that doesn't have to stop you from taking inspiration from the supermarket (or bottle shop). See what parents in the US have chosen for their delicious little ones.

Clever breastfeeding products

Check out this range of products designed to help make your breastfeeding journey more enjoyable, manageable and convenient.

 

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