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.


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


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


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 during pregnancy may increase risk of ADHD

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A common pain reliever considered safe for pregnant women has been linked for the first time 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.


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


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.


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

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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.


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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

News. ACT Co-ordinator of the Miracle Babies Foundation, Jen Hummelshoj, with her 10 month old daughter, Nina at their home in Giralang. Nina was born 10 weeks premature. October 22nd. 2013 Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.

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


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'


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


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


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

Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR): the facts

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Staff writers Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is a condition in which a baby grows inadequately in the womb. Learn more about this condition, including how it's diagnosed and treated.

Pregnancy anaemia: the facts

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Staff writers Mild anaemia is somewhat common in pregnancy, but can cause trouble if left untreated. Luckily, it's easy to diagnose and treat.

Controlling asthma in pregnancy makes big difference to baby's health

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AMY CORDEROY Ensuring pregnant women with asthma get the treatment they need drastically reduces the chance their babies will develop dangerous chest infections, researchers have found.

Introducing the Pregnant Pause

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COSIMA MARRINER A new campaign is encouraging dads-to-be to give up alcohol while their partners are pregnant, aiming to raise vital funds for foetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Lifting two weeks before birth


It's the picture that has people thinking: should a heavily pregnant woman really be doing that?

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One-on-one midwife care costs the health system less


Sunanda Creagh A woman who is cared for by the same midwife throughout her pregnancy, labour and after birth saves the public health system around $550, a new study has found.

Promising outlook for new ectopic pregnancy treatment

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Kate Hagan Melbourne researchers have discovered an ectopic pregnancy treatment that avoids surgery and preserves a woman’s chance of a future healthy pregnancy.

The pregnancy studies to take notice of

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Emily Oster A question that comes up again and again is how to know which studies warrant our attention, and which ones we should ignore.

Is 'pregnancy twerking' a trend?

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MELANIE MAHONEY It seems everyone is twerking these days - and some women aren't letting their pregnancies get in the way of them joining in the dance craze.

Do ultrasounds cause unnecessary anxiety?


Michael Alison Chandler Increased testing and information overload may exact an emotional toll in pregnancy, say some experts.

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Report: Good results from using midwives

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AMY CORDEROY Women who give birth under the primary care of a midwife are more likely to have full-term births and fewer medical interventions, a major review has found.

The perils of remote living

Arnhem land: Aboriginal women digging for roots, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.

Catherine Naylor In remote parts of Australia, the outcomes for women giving birth are not as good; the death rate for indigenous mothers is 2.5 times higher than for other Australians.

Labor commits $20m to fight foetal alcohol disorders


DAN HARRISON Labor has committed $20 million to tackling foetal alcohol spectrum disorders.

Malaria risk for mums and children on Manus Island

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BIANCA HALL Infants and pregnant women will be sent to Manus Island, despite it being warned eight months ago that pregnant women risked losing their babies, or their own lives, by taking anti-malaria medication.


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Mum's the word when it comes to baby news

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Classroom pregnancy prank goes viral

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