Women giving birth to a son keep some of his Y chromosomes

A pregnancy souvenir: some cells that are not your own.

Carl Zimmer It was an experiment doomed to failure - they were looking for male cells in female bodies. And their search was stunningly successful.

Pregnant students face social stigma, lack of support and career dilemmas

Kate Bullen, in her third year of an arts degree at Sydney University, with her nine-week-old baby Eleanor.

Sophie Gallagher It was the moment a moment Kate Bullen will never forget. The successful 22-year-old was kicking goals at university, had become a board director of her student union, and was busy planning her bright future. And then she found out she was pregnant.

Double Trouble: When to finish up work?

Maternity leave with twins

JULE SCHERER A couple of weeks ago Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer announced that she is expecting identical twin girls in December.

8 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.


Pregnant travellers need to check insurance conditions

If you are travelling while you are pregnant, make sure you check your travel insurance cover.

JOHN COLLETT Expectant travellers risk having their travel insurance rendered worthless because of the tight restrictions on mothers-to-be.

Why you need to be careful after handling chilli


LETITIA ROWLANDS From leaving your car keys in the fridge to forgetting what you need as soon as you step into the supermarket, baby brain gets blamed for a host of mishaps when a woman is in the later stages of pregnancy.

Can you reverse a positive group strep B result without antibiotics?

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Dr Erin Bowe Many expectant mums are routinely tested for group B strep (GBS) in the third trimester of pregnancy - but not all choose antibiotic treatment.

Mum's brave battle for unborn triplets amid cancer diagnosis

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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.

How your birth month affects your health

Researchers found that being born in June, August, January and December provided no big advantage or disadvantage when it came to disease.

Ana Swanson A new study suggests that the month you were born has a connection with the diseases you might develop in your lifetime.

How my pregnancy cured me


Heidi van Dort For a handful of women, pregnancy brings a cure for conditions they suffered long before they conceived.


Innovative surgery repairs mum's heart while pregnant

'She looks like a normal healthy young mum wishing she could get more sleep at night:' Katie Dickens and her baby today.

First time mum Katie Dickens faced more hurdles than most to bring her baby girl into the world.

How a mother's intuition saved her unborn baby's life

Beth Clemison and her partner Mike Bebb with their son Theo after his birth.

Staff writers Baby Theo is now a happy, healthy eight-month-old, but his mother will never forget how close she came to losing him.

The pregnancy itch that should never be ignored

Harlow Rose died at 33 weeks gestation as her mother had Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy.

LETITIA ROWLANDS When Lisa McNally developed a terrible itch at 28 weeks pregnant, her doctor assured her was normal. Nothing could have been further from the truth.

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The fascinating world of twins

There's a lot to learn when you are pregnant with twins.

Jule Scherer In the first couple of weeks since we learned that we're having twins, I've become an "expert" (of the shallow Google kind) on the subject.

'I missed my baby's birth and was close to death'

In a coma to give birth: Michaela McNally with her daughter Maggie, 10 months.

Makira Hill Michaela McNally didn't just miss the birth of her baby girl, but also the precious first week of little Maggie's life.

Pregnant women urged to get flu shots


As the winter chill starts to arrive, NSW Health is urging pregnant women to get their flu shots.

How belly bands can help during pregnancy

Belly support bands can be helpful during pregnancy.

Some pregnant women swear by belly bands, but are they really useful and safe?

Essentials your child needs to grow


CATHERINE RODIE What does your baby need to grow up healthy? The experts give their advice.

How pregnancy probiotics can help you and your baby


CATHERINE RODIE New research suggests that taking specific pregnancy probiotics could be the answer to a range of common pregnancy side effects.

Pigmentation in pregnancy

Pigmentation is thought to affect up to three-quarters of pregnant women.

JO HARTLEY Women can experience many unexpected changes in pregnancy, including darker pigmentation known as "the mask of pregnancy".

Stillbirth, miscarriage and infertility is no April Fools' joke

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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.

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4D scans show how smoking affects babies still in the womb

A baby being affected by cigarette smoke (above) and a baby of a non-smoker (below).

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.

Super fit model Sarah Stage defends her pregnancy body

Sarah posing for modelling campaigns at 7 (left) and 8 months pregnant.

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".

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Pregnancy and your blood type

Do you know what your blood type is?

Brooke Tasovac The blood type and Rh factor of a pregnant woman and the father of her baby has all kinds of implications for their unborn child.


Breakthrough genetic testing now available in Australia

Kelly Donnolley and son Jackson.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Pregnant women will for the first time have access to locally analysed, accurate, non-invasive pre-natal genetic testing when the first Australian clinic to offer the services opens its doors next week.

Twins saved by surgery before birth


AMANDA DUNN Just 15 weeks into her first pregnancy and carrying twins, Jo and her husband Troy were given a terrible choice: terminate the pregnancy, or have surgery on the twins in utero in an attempt to save their lives.

Dads wear empathy bellies to 'experience pregnancy'

LETITIA ROWLANDS Mums-to-be exhausted from the physical demands of pregnancy often lament how they wish men would have more appreciation of the difficulties that come with being heavily pregnant.

Indigenous midwives break down the barriers

Health worker Trudy Allende examines Deeana Russell at the Malabar clinic.

Fiona McGill A culturally sensitive midwifery service has gained the trust and respect of Aboriginal women.

Paying pregnant women to quit smoking pays off, study says

Women who were offered financial incentives were 2.63 times more likely to be nonsmokers: study.

Karen Kaplan Researchers have identified a common substance that makes smokers much more likely to kick the habit - money.

5 pregnancy myths that just won't go away

Avoid the sun, don't eat nuts, don't dye your hair? Not so fast, say the experts.

Angela Tufvesson When you're expecting, it often seems like everyone is keen to offer advice about what you should and shouldn't do in the interests of your health and wellbeing.


Passing on taste: how your mum’s diet affects what you eat


Emma Beckett and Zoe Yates Our parents teach us what to eat, but this process begins well before the fight to get toddlers to eat their vegies - even back in the womb.

Study links pollution exposure to autism

Air pollution exposure during pregnancy has been linked to autism.

Michelle Fay Cortez Women who are exposed to high levels of air pollution during their third trimester of pregnancy may be twice as likely to have an autistic child, a study found.

Pregnant women warned about non-medical ultrasounds

US experts have advised against having additional ultrasounds purely to create keepsake images.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Most mums-to-be consider it one of the best parts of pregnancy - taking a peek as your growing baby wriggles and kicks during ultrasound examinations.

The dangerous new trend of glucose challenge test refusal

A dangerous trend is seeing more mothers-to-be declining a relatively simple and painless test

Stacey Gladman A dangerous trend is seeing more mothers-to-be declining a relatively simple and painless test to check for gestational diabetes.

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Being mindful of the bumps: app to help pregnant women and new mums

Mind the Bump is a free app to help women manage the stress of pregnancy and early motherhood.

LETITIA ROWLANDS Mental health support organisations BeyondBlue and the Smiling Mind have launched Mind the Bump, an app which aims to help manage the stress of pregnancy.

Video: Timelapse captures 42 week pregnancy in 1 minute


Jen Ng Video: Timelapse captures 42 week pregnancy in 1 minute

It's possible to workout while pregnant

There's a few things you need to consider when exercising while pregnant.

Jamie Hancock Medical experts say intense fitness routines can be done safely during pregnancy - if the mums-to-be follow some guidelines.

Pregnant and fighting cancer, but not giving up

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Monica Tischler "It's been devastating but it just means there will be a bit of a fight, that's all."

Eating ice may give mental boost to the iron deficient: study

Craving ice? It could be your iron levels, a new study says.

Meeri Kim A new study proposes that, like a strong cup of coffee, ice may give those with insufficient iron a much-needed mental boost.

Why we need to change the way we talk about pre-eclampsia


Catherine Rodie Health professionals have been baffled by the causes of pre-eclampsia for decades. But new research may be able to shed some light on it.

Oligohydramnios: the facts


Staff writers Oligohydramnios is when the amount of amniotic fluid is too low in pregnancy. Learn what the symptoms are and how it is treated.

Polyhydramnios: the facts


Staff writers Polyhydramnios is when the amount of amniotic fluid is excessively high. Learn what the symptoms are and how you can treat it.

Prenatal testing: the facts

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Staff writers Prenatal testing is done to check if a baby has certain medical conditions before birth. Here is some important information about what the tests are for and the risks involved.

The app to help you monitor your baby's heartbeat


Babyology Connect with your unborn baby and allow your family to do the same, by monitoring their heartbeat with the Unborn Heart Fetal Doppler and app.

World first: woman with transplanted womb gives birth

The baby boy was born prematurely but healthy last month, and mother and child have now gone home and are doing well. (Generic image).

Maria Cheng A 36-year-old woman in Sweden has given birth after receiving a uterus from a close family friend last year.

The pros and cons of bed rest during pregnancy

Experts say bed rest might not always be the best option during pregnancy.

Marie McCullogh Experts say bed rest may not always be helpful for women trying to avoid pre-term labour.

Decrease in stillbirths in late pregnancy and older mums


Letitia Rowlands There has been a fall in the number of stillbirths among some groups of women despite the overall rate remaining stable, a new report reveals.

Awareness needed for the child victims of alcohol

Marty Sharpe Of all the harmful acts attributed to alcohol, little is known about the "sleeping giant" among them, foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) - yet it inflicts serious and increasing damage.

'I survived placenta percreta'

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LINDY ALEXANDER When writing her birth plan, Simone Pavil included an item most women wouldn’t even think about: what should happen if she was put on life support. The mum had the potentially fatal condition placenta accreta.

Doctors remove foetus from 'medical marvel' after 36 years


Doctors in India have removed the skeleton of a foetus that had been inside a woman for 36 years.


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Get involved - support a pregnant woman in your life, and raise money to help wipe out FASD in Australia.

Pregnant Pause challenges Aussies to support someone they care about through their pregnancy by taking a break from alcohol.

Pregnant Pausers will be sponsored by their friends, family and co-workers to raise much-needed money and awareness for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).

FASD is the most common preventable cause of non-genetic, developmental disability in Australia, and it solely happens because of prenatal alcohol exposure.

Learn more at pregnantpause.com.au.

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Kourtney Kardashian goes nude for art

We've all done some pretty radical things after a big break-up, but Kourtney Kardashian has gone one better.

Video shows babies 'singing' to music in the womb

A new study has shown that babies may actually be able to hear from as early as 16 weeks – 10 weeks earlier than was commonly thought.

Prevent pelvic pain with pre-pregnancy exercise: study

Women who want to stave off aches and pains in pregnancy should exercise regularly before they conceive, experts say.

Dad's hilarious blog about life with twins

A stand-up comedian in the UK has plenty of new material since becoming a dad to twin boys.

Dinosaur products for babies and toddlers

Dinosaurs are one of those classic childhood crazes. We've put together a host of products for dinosaur-mad parents, babies and toddlers.

Restaurant manager sticks up for noisy baby

A mum was left upset by a note from neighbouring diners saying her screaming baby had ruined their dinner.

His name is Cayden: Mum and social media hit back after racist Facebook attack

When a man posted a selfie with a co-worker's son to Facebook, it became a magnet for racist comments.

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Five new mums will join the Essential Baby Test Drive Team and discover great new baby toys from Fisher-Price & write a review to be published on Essential Baby.

The Chinese tradition for new mums that can now cost $37,000 a month

Opulent rest time is becoming the gold standard in postpartum recovery, inspired by a Chinese confinement custom known as "sitting the month".

How the media can shape our decisions when it comes to labour

We all like to think that we make our choices in fair, reasoned and well-thought out ways. Not many of us would admit that we allowed the media to influence us in our life choices.

Mum told to express in pet relief area at airport

A woman who flew from Boston to Washington says staff with United Airlines at Washington's Dulles Airport suggested she pump her breast milk in the pet-relief area.

Heartbreak as mum dies and her baby chokes to death

An Australian woman living in the US collapsed and died while feeding her baby, who then choked to death on his food. 

The hidden mental health illness of anxiety

Anxiety took over Robyn Read's life to such an extent she could not even buy the groceries and felt suicidal.

Two children fall from second storey window

Two young boys have been rushed to hospital after falling out a second-storey window of a home in Eastwood.

Mum gives birth to India's heaviest baby

An Indian woman has given birth to a baby boy weighing a whopping 5.97kg, setting a new record for the country's heaviest baby.

Grandma surprised with brand new granddaughter

Finding out you’re going to be a grandmother can be a very emotional moment. Finding out that you’re a grandmother and the baby is already here is just out of this world.

Saltwater Sandals for babies and toddlers

Many mamas are wearing Saltwater Sandals - why not buy them for your babies and toddlers too?

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Whether you're pregnant, already a mum, or are just trying to be a bit more healthy, there are ways to use the rejuvenating season to give yourself a boost.

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