'It's not an old man's disease': mum-to-be shares life-saving message

Michelle on her wedding day in January 2014.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Michelle White is 29 weeks pregnant, but she will never complain about the aches, pains or discomfort that go along with carrying a baby.

We need to relieve our verbal constipation about poo

Bowel health is still a taboo subject for many Australians.

Paula Goodyer It's time to flush our toilet anxieties.

Telstra launches internet doctor service

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David Ramli Telstra has launched a new video- and phone-based medical service it hopes will help reduce the spread of infectious diseases by bringing healthcare into people's homes.

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Does my child need antibiotics?

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EVELYN LEWIN While we all want to help our children recover quickly when sick, antibiotics are not always the answer.

Is placenta consumption really beneficial?

Doubts have been raised about the benefits of placenta consumption.

Sarah Knapton and Letitia Rowlands The debate about the benefits of placenta consumption is far from over, with new research suggesting the practice might be dangerous.

How to avoid a bloated tummy

Certain foods make you feel ghastly and gassy.

Susie Burrell Here are some foods to eat in order to escape feeling ghastly and gassy.

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Mum shares graphic selfie to warn against tanning

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Staff writers A mum has shared a graphic photo of her skin cancer treatment as a warning to others.

Groupon recalls counterfeit condoms

About 400 customers bought the counterfeit condoms between March 12 and April 10.

MICHAEL KOZIOL Counterfeit condoms sold through the online marketplace Groupon Australia have been recalled because of possible defects..

Smartphones blamed for decline in sex lives

Smartphones might be harming our sex lives.

It has brought continents together and transformed the way we shop and keep abreast of world events and the weather. However, according to researchers, one presumably unintended consequence of the digital revolution could be a marked deterioration in the average couple's sex life.

Good news: science says coffee is good for you

There's no need to worry about your daily dose of caffeine.

David Templeton For centuries, coffee has caused a stir over health impacts, good or bad, with many people resigned to accept it as a guilty pleasure.

New mum's cancer warning

Nina Langley looks at baby Teddy shortly after delivery.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Nina Langley and Ed Cusick should be basking in the joy of new parenthood. Instead the couple's first weeks at home with baby son Teddy is overshadowed by the first-time mum's cancer diagnosis

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Hungry, ratty, angry... you must be hangry

Better reach for that sandwich: being hangry can lead to poor parenting.

Nilufer Atik Are you prone to making bad or rash decisions? Do you sometimes struggle to think clearly? You could be suffering from a new affliction.

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The trend for post-birth corsets and waist training

Some women are turning to corsets to help regain their pre-baby figures

CATHERINE RODIE In what is becoming an increasingly popular trend, women are turning to corsets to help regain their pre-baby figures.

How brain training helped me recover from postnatal depression

Recovering from depression isn't simple and there isn't a one-size-fits-all answer.

Megan Blandford Put simply, I had to re-train my brain. And it was a real process, not just a moment between 'not good' and 'better'.

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Why I'm not quitting sugar

Banning sugar may not be the best idea.

Nicola Jackson Sugar is a hot topic at the moment. There is no denying that high-sugar foods and drinks should not be consumed on a regular basis, and we should minimise our sugar intake. But I'm not quitting sugar. 

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

Leaked: This image of Cindy Crawford never has and never will be featured in Marie Claire.

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

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Five reasons to hug more

Hugging feels great and and is good for us.

Aileen Nakhle Hugging – some of us thrive on it, even depend on it – and then there are those who don't care for it really. So, are they missing out?

Helping shed those Christmas kilos

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Denise Mooney A slew of meal delivery businesses wants to help you slim down after the silly season.

5 ways to beat sleep deprivation (without getting any more sleep)

Louise Wedgwood There's no failsafe way to get 8 hours sleep (sorry) and no substitute. But here are five things other busy mums do to feel more rested.

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Mum bedridden for two years after drinking tainted soy milk

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Melissa Iaria The makers of Bonsoy have agreed to compensate victims in a record $25 million class action settlement over soy milk which contained dangerous iodine levels.

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Empowering bikini photo of 46-year-old mum goes viral

LETITIA ROWLANDS When a group of teenagers made rude remarks about her body as she walked past them in a bikini at the local beach, Julie Cross refused to cover up.

The benefits of reheating pasta

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SARAH BERRY Doctors have found that has found that reheating pasta makes it healthier than the original meal.

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Aussie parents the best at saying 'no'

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Children ask for something once every three minutes while shopping, but new research shows Australian mums and dads are better at saying no than parents in the USA.

Beth Whaanga's post-mastectomy photos go viral

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AMBER ROBINSON A Brisbane mum of four has released intimate photos showing the realities of preventative breast cancer surgery.

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When your unborn twin is your children's mother

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LETITIA ROWLANDS An amazing case from the archives gives a glimpse into the fascinating ways the human body can work.

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Relationship counselling is welfare, and it works

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JENNA PRICE Let's not reject relationship counselling just because it's a suggestion of this government: someone can give you a hand at understanding how to deal with conflict, how to deal with money, how to make compromises.

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Why 'outsourcing' parenting is the new village

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Kasey Edwards It may take a village to raise a child, but it wasn’t until I searched the Huggies box for instructions on how to put on a nappy that a horrifying realistion dawned on me: the village had packed up its motor home and left long ago.

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'Won't an only be lonely?' and other comments a mum of one doesn’t need to hear

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JO HARTLEY I can quite confidently say that I’m happy to continue my journey on the path to Destination Single Child. So why is it that other people find that idea so hard to accept?

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Who are the anti-abortion campaigners?

Anti-Abortion protestors chant out the front of the Fertility Control Clinic, 118 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne.

Meg Watson Who are the pro-lifers who give their free time to protesting abortion, and why do they do it? Meg Watson spent some time with pro-life advocates to get their side of the story.

Gender neutral parenting: new book reveals our secret prejudices

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KASEY EDWARDS A new book reveals all the common gender traps that parents fall into - despite their best intentions.

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Aussie thalidomide victims to share payout

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Nick Toscano and Mark Russell The multinational owner of the company that distributed controversial drug thalidomide in Australia has agreed to pay $89 million in a settlement with Australian and New Zealand claimants.

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Video: Groom's pregnant mistress attacks bride at wedding

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What happens when a heavily pregnant mistress storms a wedding reception? Not even the bride is safe.

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Let's not ruin our chances with antibiotics

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Ian Musgrave Antibiotics have changed our lives more profoundly than almost any other medical intervention outside of vaccination. And we can't mess this up.

Therapy helps mums of kids with autism

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Andrew M. Seaman Soon after children are diagnosed with autism, their parents may benefit from learning problem-solving skills to cope with the challenges to come, researchers say.

Mastering the 'mum date'

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KATE FRIDKIS Becoming a mother and finding new 'mummy friends' can sometimes feel like learning how to date all over again.

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Syndrome X: Woman dies at 20, but was still like a toddler

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A woman who suffered from a rare genetic condition that prevented her from ageing has died, having never developed beyond the size of a toddler.

Why a dirty weekend can do wonders

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SHELLY HORTON Just like you take your car in for a tune up, your relationship needs attention to keep it running smoothly - and a dirty weekend is a great relationship pick-me-up.

The three of us

SUNDAY LIFE, October 6th 2013. The Three of Us. Erin O'Dwyer with her baby twins Ambrose and Clancy.

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Life threw Erin O'Dwyer an unimaginable curve ball when she found herself facing single parenthood with twin boys.

Being a single parent

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Julie Roulston The first years of single parenting were intense, but also special in their own right. Here's what I learnt along the way.

New York and mother guilt

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AMITY DRY A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work in New York city made for a tough decision for Amity Dry.

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My mother-in-law drives me crazy

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ELLY TAYLOR Counsellor Elly Taylor gives advice to a new mum who doesn't agree with the way her mother-in-law does things.

Why we shouldn't judge struggling parents

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Scott Beveridge When we have children we just have to wing it and cope as best we can, hopefully with the support of a strong family network, says a dad of two.

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What I've gained since becoming a mum

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Michaela Fox Amongst the myriad sacrifices of motherhood, my transition to motherhood was very positive. I now have three daughters and I have gained far more than I have lost.

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Why we need palliative care for babies

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Dominic Wilkinson In Australia, there are around 1200 infants who die every year before their first birthday. So why are there no palliative care services available to these babies or support for their families?

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What do you really want for your kids?

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JODIE BENVENISTE It seems there are seven main things parents want for their children. So what do you want for your little ones?

Facebook parenting group slams door on haters

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Julie Power Vicious cyber bullying by mothers towards other mothers has prompted the managers of one of the largest Facebook communities for parents to tell the mama trolls to shut up or get off.

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When the pill fails

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Amanda Mascarelli Getting to the bottom of why the pill failed me - not once, but twice - has felt about as scientific as voodoo.

I shared a due date with Kate

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Sarah Barr The Duchess of Cambridge and I revealed our pregnancy news together, grew together, glowed together. But five months in, my journey took a different path.

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Why I give blood instead of flowers

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SHELLY HORTON When I give blood it’s for two of the most important women in my life, but I know it helps so many more.

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Why I don't want to be a MILF

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KATE FRIDKIS I have a sort of weird goal for new motherhood: I want to let myself go.

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Julia Watson's new book 'Breakfast, School Run, Chemo'

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How not to name twins

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Breastfeeding basics for beginners

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Young mum dies after being denied pap smear

A mother has died after she was denied a pap smear because she was deemed "too young" to need it.

Birthday cakes banned at childcare centre

A childcare centre in Sydney has banned birthday cakes after parent complaints about excessive sugar and children with allergies being left out.

Triplet surprise for newlyweds

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Man arrested over toddler Nikki's death

A 31-year-old man has been arrested over the death of two-year-old Nikki Francis-Coslovich in Mildura.

Adoption ban on pregnant women to be lifted

Pregnant women will no longer be barred from adoption waiting lists in NSW, after the Baird Government decided the practice was discriminatory.

Are you getting enough magnesium?

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, but we don't talk enough about it and the vital role it plays in great health and energy, as well as disease prevention.

5 workplace lessons for new parents

Take heart in these principles that will transfer seamlessly from the workplace into your new life as a parent.

Mums to follow on Instagram

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Review: The Volvo 2015 XC90 SUV has all the safety features your family needs

The new Volvo XC90 SUV's focus on keeping you safe does not come at the expense of comfort in the XC90.

Kim Kardashian reveals she may have hysterectomy

Kim Kardashian has revealed complications during pregnancy means she might have to have a hysterectomy after the birth of her second child.

Why late night snacks wreak havoc on weight loss

 Loath as you may be to admit it, chances are that at some point you have found yourself in the kitchen late at night, devouring food.

Toddler twins pretend to be asleep to fool mum

They say twins have a unique connection. If this cute clip is anything to go by, these toddler sisters like to use their special bond to try to fool their mother.

Dad bags: 10 picks for out and about

Getting out of the house is a big priority in the early years of parenthood and you need to take a well-stocked kit with you. We've chosen 10 of the best nappy bags sure to appeal to dads in style and function.

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