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.
Jessica Bartlett These are the 'school of hard knocks' lessons I've learned in my last three months of pregnancy, and I'm sharing them with you – because if not me, then who will?
Laura Jackel Pregnancy for many couples is joyful and precious, but direct questioners and curious bystanders need to remember that it can also be traumatising and sad.
JO HARTLEY When we share the news that we're expecting we usually expect a positive response. So what happens when this isn't the case?
Is it safe to use fake tan, hair dye and nail varnish during pregnancy?
Staff writers If there is one thing couples learn as soon as they announce they are expecting, it's that countless people seem to think they are experts on all things pregnancy, childbirth and baby-related.
Julia Medew Health Editor Doctors say "baby moons" are going very wrong for some pregnant women, even when they are in Australia.
Cydonee Mardon Bree O'Malley has a cancer diagnosis, a rare blood condition, kidney and liver failure and other complications. And she is pregnant with triplets.
Ana Swanson A new study suggests that the month you were born has a connection with the diseases you might develop in your lifetime.
Heidi van Dort For a handful of women, pregnancy brings a cure for conditions they suffered long before they conceived.
JO HARTLEY Since becoming noticeably pregnant, my son has taken more of an interest in the sibling he'll soon have.
Ariane Beeston French names are always in fashion, but a few have risen in popularity in recent years.
Staff writers Looking for a creative way to share some big news? Look to the skies, like this family did.
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 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.
EB's iphone app has had an update - Pregnancy Week by Week updates straight to your phone - Now with a Contraction Timer!
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.
Join a due in group (DIG) and travel the pregnancy journey with other expectant mums at the same stage as you.
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