Without frightening anyone who is yet to navigate the pregnancy path, here are some things I didn’t expect when I fell pregnant.
LIBBY HAKIM It wasn't a pregnancy test or missed period that told me I was pregnant with my second baby; it was too early for those things. A doner kebab told me I was going to be a mum again.
Letitia Rowlands Dad-to-be Harry Ashby says he is the first man in the UK to take sick leave due to pregnancy illness after being diagnosed with Couvade syndrome.
Jono Galuszka A New Zealand woman has been awarded compensation after she lost her job due to her morning sickness.
Staff writers Even though morning sickness often stops in the second trimester, it can just as easily start again.
CATHERINE RODIE Just as every baby is unique, so is every pregnancy. And that means morning sickness can vary a lot, too.
JO HARTLEY Is it acceptable to use these car parking spots when pregnant? How many of us would admit to doing it?
Lenny Bernstein For most of us, the idea that a woman could carry a child to full-term without knowing she is pregnant is mind-boggling.
DANIELLE COLLEY It might sound like temporary insanity, but almost obsessive nesting as you near your due date isn’t uncommon – even if you’re not usually a particularly clean person.
Karen Charlton and Catherine Lucas Pregnant women are under pressure to do all the "right things" to have a healthy child. It results in women feeling judged about their decisions.
Astrud Tuck In China, it’s thought to be its first and finest clothing. And it has a gender matching that of the foetus.
TRACEY SPICER With a boom in ‘‘babymoons’’, it’s timely to look at which travel insurance policies cover pregnancy.
CATHERINE RODIE New research suggests that taking specific pregnancy probiotics could be the answer to a range of common pregnancy side effects.
JO HARTLEY Women can experience many unexpected changes in pregnancy, including darker pigmentation known as "the mask of pregnancy".
Melanie Hearse Faux pregnancy announcements have long been a go-to April Fools joke. This year a meme popped up to deliver a lecture about the insensitivity of the prank - but opinion is divided on its validity.
Linda Rosenkrantz 3:07pm What makes some names have comebacks while others silently fade into oblivion? A few factors come into play.
Staff writers A recent Reddit thread has revealed some of the more creative names in the world.
Staff writers Imagine it. You have six sons. SIX. And you've thrown a gender reveal party to discover the gender of your seventh child.
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