Mum sacrifices an eye for her unborn baby

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Motherhood is full of sacrifices, but this woman has made a life-altering one - and her baby hasn't even been born.

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New test identifies premature birth risk

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Miranda Prynne Women could find out whether they are at risk of a premature birth during their first three months of pregnancy using a simple urine test, according to a study.

Pregnant Queenslanders to get free vaccines

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Pregnant women in Queensland will become the first in Australia to be given free vaccines for whooping cough.

Healthy mums the key to baby size around the world

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Newborn babies born to healthy, well nourished mothers are strikingly similar in size the world over, scientists have shown.

Athlete competes in 800m race while eight months pregnant

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Alysia Montano finished last in her heat in the 800 metres at the US track and field championships. She was, however, the story of the race.

Aspirin may hold key to preventing miscarriage

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Rebecca Smith Blood-thinning drugs such as aspirin could hold the key to treating a faulty gene that triggers miscarriages, new research shows.

Short gap between babies increases chance of premature birth

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Women who have their babies less than a year apart are twice as likely to give birth prematurely, a new study suggests.

Mum has mastectomy half an hour after giving birth

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LETITIA ROWLANDS A mother of two says she "feels blessed" after undergoing live saving surgery less than an hour after her son was born.

Junk food linked to premature birth

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Rebecca Smith Women trying to become pregnant should avoid a diet high in junk food because it is linked with an increased risk of giving birth prematurely, scientists are warning.

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10 pregnancy symptoms you should never ignore

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Elena Donovan Mauer Most pregnancy symptoms aren't fun, so which ones are no biggie and which are worth a call to the doctor?

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Advised to abort, but 'miracle baby' Liam defied the odds

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Monica Tischler Marinda Brits and Norman Holleman wouldn't have their baby son if they'd gone against their instincts and had instead followed a midwife's advice to have an abortion.

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The twin my baby will never know

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Julie Cook Julie Cook had never heard of vanishing twin syndrome - until it happened to her. She shares her story.

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Pregnant women jailed for drug use under new US law

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LETITIA ROWLANDS In a move that has experts concerned and outraged in the US, Tennessee has become the first state to pass laws allowing the jailing women for their drug use while pregnant.

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Pregnant woman dies after doctor removes ovary instead of appendix

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LETITIA ROWLANDS When a UK woman went to hospital suffering appendicitis, doctors mistakenly removed her healthy ovary - with tragic consequences.

Aspirin advised for women at high risk of pre-eclampsia

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Catherine Saint Louis Pregnant women who are at high risk of developing pre-eclampsia should take low-dose aspirin daily, an influential US government panel said Monday.

Flu shot may have saved pregnant mum, coroner finds

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Laura Basham Immunisation might have prevented pregnant mother Daile Eden from contracting swine flu, says the coroner who investigated the death of the 24-year-old and her unborn baby daughter.

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Twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS): one mum's story

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Tani Du Toit Complications can arise in any pregnancy, but women who are pregnant with multiples face their own problems. A mum tells her family's story of twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS).

Study: Sun safety helps folate levels in pregnant women

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Researchers have found another reason for pregnant women, and those who are trying to conceive, to make sure they practice sun safety.

Obstetricians warned to consider rare pregnancy condition

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Mark Russell Michelle Johnson's tragic death is a reminder of the importance of recognising symptoms of potentially fatal and rare pregnancy conditions, a coroner has said.

Bed rest no longer best for most high-risk pregnant women

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Anya Sostek For many years, bed rest was prescribed to pregnant woman suffering from a range of issues. But it's now becoming a thing of the past.

Pregnant women encouraged to vaccinate before deadly flu season hits

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Tracey Fairhurst It might start with a sniffle or a sneeze but influenza can be deadly, killing more than 3500 high-risk Australians each year.

Mum paralysed after giving birth

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Lisa Wachsmuth Jessie Bruton was looking forward to moving into her first home, embarking on a career as a fitness instructor, and the birth of her third child. Then paralysis set in.

Pain relief in pregnancy may increase ADHD risk

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A common pain reliever has been linked to an increased risk of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder in children.

Kids with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder more likely to end up in prison

Patrick Begley Children who suffer from foetal alcohol syndrome are much more likely to fall into crime.

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Why Essential Baby and its editor, Amber Robinson, supports Pregnant Pause

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Staff writers Amber Robinson explains why Essential Baby is a proud media partner of the Pregnant Pause campaign, and shares some insight into the ways medical advice over drinking in pregnancy has changed, even in the past few years.

Binge drinkers continue binge drinking during pregnancy: study

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Kate Hagan Health Reporter More than half of women who binge drink continue to do so during pregnancy, an Australian study has found, with fewer than one in five following guidelines to abstain from alcohol.

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Pregnant, brain-dead woman Marlise Munoz has life support removed

Won legal battle: Erick Munoz, in front of a family portrait with his wife and son.

Manny Fernandez A pregnant, brain-dead woman who has been at the center of a two-month-long ethical and legal battle over whether to remove her from life support was disconnected from the machines Sunday and her body was released to her husband, lawyers for the family said.

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Why we need to fight against FASD

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Dr James Fitzpatrick Dr James Fitzpatrick, paediatrician, Pregnant Pause Champion and former Young Australian of the Year, explains why he believes so strongly in the Pregnant Pause campaign.

Cheese range recalled after listeria found

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Letitia Rowlands A range of cheeses sold in supermarkets across the country has been recalled after it was found to contain traces of listeria.

Nuts fine for pregnant women: new study

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So long as they don't have nut allergies themselves, pregnant women shouldn't be afraid that eating nuts might trigger allergies in their child, according to a large new study.

Breast cancer mum makes ultimate sacrifice for her son

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Harry Pearl and staff writers Jennifer Doolabh learnt she was pregnant while undergoing treatment for cancer. To give her child a chance at life, she minimised her cancer treatment - meaning her own survival is slim.

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Women lose babies while being held in immigration detention

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AMY CORDEROY Two women being held in immigration detention have lost their babies after repeatedly being turned away from medical care, a leading obstetrician says.

A guide to going booze-free over Christmas

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Duncan Buchanan Pregnant, thinking of giving alcohol a miss for a while, or doing the Pregnant Pause over the silly season? Here are some tried and true tactics that can help you handle the hardest social situations without giving into pressure to have a drink.

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Eight facts about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders

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Caterina Giorgi and Sarah Ward How much do you know about fetal alcohol spectrum disorders? Test your knowledge with these facts.

Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in pregnancy: the facts

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Staff writers Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is the formation of a blood clot in one of the deep veins in the lower legs. Learn more about its symptoms and treatment.

Blogger Loni Jane Anthony is pregnant and on a 'banana diet'

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Sarah MacKenzie Loni Jane Anthony, a 25-year-old from the Gold Coast, has come under fire for promoting an extreme vegan diet which sees her eat almost exclusively fruit, including around 20 bananas a day.

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Ready to pause for a cause?

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Research shows that many pregnant women are more likely to avoid alcohol when their partners do too - so dads-to-be, it's time to step up and put the beer down.

Why Ariel Levy's miscarriage story is boundary breaking

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KERRI SACKVILLE In my mother’s generation, women didn’t have miscarriages. And they didn’t have stillbirths. Babies were simply born, or they weren’t.

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Elka Whalan: 'Why I'm a Pregnant Pause ambassador'

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As a dual Olympian and mum, I know first-hand how important it is to look after your body through life’s big events – and I also know that having a support team makes all the difference.

Love and support working little miracles

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Karyn Starmer There's no good time to get cancer, but when you're 28 weeks pregnant it can't be much worse.

Attention dads-to-be: how you can help your partner and babies around Australia

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Troy Jones How your partner can help you - and all the babies of Australia - by signing up for the Pregnant Pause challenge.

New diagnostic test stirs fears of sex selection

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EWA KRETOWICZ A new medical diagnostic test will be available in Australia next year - but concerns have been raised about it also being used for selective abortions based on gender.

Poor sleep a danger to pregnancy

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Michelle Duff One-third of women get six hours' sleep or less in late pregnancy - and researchers say it can affect the health and wellbeing of mothers and babies.

'My life with FASD, the invisible disability'

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Claire Duley A 22-year-old sufferer of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder shares what it's like to live with the disease.

'My daughter has FASD'

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MELANIE MAHONEY It’s a big thing to take on board, knowing you’re responsible for the troubles your child is having. But no one ever told me to stop drinking - I just didn't know.

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Tracking baby's moves may reduce stillbirths

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Julie Power A mobile phone app has been found to help mothers to be more aware of their unborn babies' movements, helping reduce cases of stillbirth.

Chevron withdraws 'discriminatory' recruitment form

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Leanne Nicholson A Chevron recruitment form widely criticised for asking potential employees how many still births or abortions they have has been withdrawn by the resources giant.

Women still in the dark on drinking while pregnant

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Tanisha Jowsey and Simone Dennis Why we still need more research on the effects of alcohol on unborn babies.

Chevron job form asks how many 'stillbirths' an applicant has had

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Leanne Nicholson A resources company has upset at least one applicant by asking detailed questions about her reproductive history in a process described as "traumatic".

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Women prescribed psychiatric drugs left at risk of birth defects

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AMY CORDEROY Women of child-bearing age are increasingly being prescribed psychiatric medications that can cause pregnancy complications and birth defects.

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