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8 ways morning sickness sucks


SAMAN SHAD I'm a mum of three, and I've suffered terrible morning sickness three times now.

6 pregnancy side effects I didn't expect


Without frightening anyone who is yet to navigate the pregnancy path, here are some things I didn’t expect when I fell pregnant.

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Early signs of pregnancy: when you know before the test says yes

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.

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Morning Sickness more articles

Fired over morning sickness

It is illegal to discriminate against pregnant women in the workplace.

Jono Galuszka A New Zealand woman has been awarded compensation after she lost her job due to her morning sickness.

Morning sickness in late pregnancy: the facts


Staff writers Even though morning sickness often stops in the second trimester, it can just as easily start again.

Does morning sickness get better or worse with each child?


CATHERINE RODIE Just as every baby is unique, so is every pregnancy. And that means morning sickness can vary a lot, too.


Stages of Pregnancy more articles

Why are due dates important?


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

Baby's first painting - while still in the womb


LETITIA ROWLANDS Every parent knows the joy of hanging their child's first painting on the fridge.

I'm pregnant - keep your hands off


Estelle Erasmus All this "flash belly rubbing," as I liked to call it, was wearing on me. It made me feel targeted, vulnerable and grumpy.

Nutrition & Wellbeing more articles

What new mums need more than a baby gift

There are better things to give a new mum than a cute baby gift.

Sharon Holbrook It is the mother who needs us most after childbirth. Sure, bring the tiny cute stuff if you like, but do these other things, too.

10 things every pregnant woman needs to hear


Sharday Stirton Pregnancies may vary, and we all have different views on life, but there are a few things every mum-to-be needs to be told.

When depression hits before you have the baby


Alison Bowen Kate Moser is one of the many women who suffer depression and anxiety while pregnant.

Health more articles

How I survived breast cancer while pregnant

Women have a better chance of surviving breast cancer now than they did 20 years ago.

JULIA MEDEW It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

What are pregnant women Googling?


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

Pregnant woman refused seat on train

The Duchess of Cambridge was given a 'Baby on Board' badge when pregnant.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Anyone who has travelled by public transport when pregnant knows sometimes it is not the most pleasant of experiences.

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How more mums are passing on their maiden names


Alison Bowen Giving a baby a mother's maiden name can be a way of balancing out parents' last names.

The most popular baby name in the world right now


Staff writers The numbers have been crunched and the results are in.

Hot baby name predictions for 2016


Staff writers According to one parenting site, 2016 will see the rise of some unusual names, with some uncommon old-fashioned monikers thrown into the mix.

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Baby Essentials Guide more articles

Five reasons not to miss the Essential Baby and Toddler Show

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From advice to entertainment, there are lots of reasons to make sure you get in early for your FREE tickets to this year's Essential Baby and Toddler Show.

CHOICE advice on baby hammocks, portable high chairs and booster seats

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CHOICE Confused about what's okay and what's not? The CHOICE experts explain what you need to know about keeping your baby safe.

Choosing a family doctor and first aid course

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CHOICE The CHOICE experts suggest things to think about when choosing a doctor for your baby, and which first aid courses are best for parents.


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Congratulations, you're pregnant! So when is the baby due? Calculate your expected due date using Essential Baby’s Due Date Calculator.


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Ask questions or offer advice to other expectant parents in our forum for mums.

What month are you due?

Join a due in group (DIG) and travel the pregnancy journey with other expectant mums at the same stage as you.


Weekly Guide to Pregnancy

A comprehensive, Australian week-by-week guide to your baby's development and the progress of your pregnancy.


Celebrity pregnancy and birth news

We keep an eye on the expectant stars, showing off their maternity style, and sharing the very latest pregnancy and birth news.

How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Cot sheet brands for the nursery

With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.

The Bugaboo by Diesel Denim launch

Essential Baby attended the launch and it got messy!

Father's letter to Bataclan terrorists

A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.

Adele's new song to sing along to

Singer follows up success of Hello with new belting ballad When We Were Young.

Major retailers restrict formula sales

Coles and Woolworths have imposed tighter buying bans on baby formula amid a shortage blamed on Chinese consumers.

Three-year-old breaks family's news

If you are three-years-old and an only child, then news doesn't get much bigger than this.

Swapped babies stay with families

A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.

How life is different with three kids

I knew having a third child would alter our lives, but it's had so many impacts - both tiny and enormous.

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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.

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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.

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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

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