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.
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.
Max Knoblauch Katharine and Kris Camilli devised a clever trick to immortalise their family and friends' reactions to their exciting pregnancy news.
Kathleen Baird and Debra K. Creedy More than half of women who live with abusive partners experience violence during pregnancy.
Anonymous Early last year I turned 35, and having just found out I was pregnant, I opted to have the new test for Down syndrome.
JO HARTLEY Did you notice during pregnancy how interested other people became in your bump? Did you notice that some of them become so fascinated that they couldn’t help but reach out and touch it?
Aeron Hurt For certain members of the community, catching flu can lead to severe illness or death. A vaccination can be lifesaving.
Sarah Knapton The harmful effects of smoking during pregnancy on unborn babies may be seen in tiny movements in their faces using 4D ultrasound scans, research has found.
LETITIA ROWLANDS Model Sarah Stage has defended her pregnancy body after critics claimed her slim figure at eight-and-a-half months pregnant wasn't "normal".
Melanie Mahoney If you're looking to revive an older name, or don’t want anything near the top 1000 list, check out these rare monikers for your unique baby.
JO HARTLEY Bonding with your baby can start much earlier than the birth - here are a few ways to start the process.
From Alma to Vera, Augustine to Walter, here are 40 old names that are becoming popular once more.
CHOICE Confused about what's okay and what's not? The CHOICE experts explain what you need to know about keeping your baby safe.
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.
CHOICE If you have twins, or a baby and toddler close in age, a two-seater stroller could be just what you need for getting the kids from A to B. CHOICE reviewed the safety and ease of use of a range of double prams.
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