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.

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Pumping iron while your belly grows

There's no need to abandon your exercise routine when you fall pregnant.

Danielle Douglas You might need to make some changes to your workout, but there is no need to abandon exercise while pregnant.

When pregnancy takes you down memory lane

Pregnancy can bring up unexpected emotions.

GREER BERRY One mum-to-be discovers pregnancy hormones can give rise to some surprising emotions.

Pregnancy highs: should you ditch the heels when you're expecting?

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JO HARTLEY For many women, no outfit is complete without a pair of high heels. Then pregnancy comes along, and they have to decide when - or if - they'll turn to flats.

Where Australia's child mortality rates are too high

Child mortality is quite high in Australia.

Harriet Alexander Children in some parts of Australia have a higher chance of dying before they turn five than they would if they were born in Romania, Sri Lanka or Lebanon.

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

Miracle cure? Aspirin

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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Speaking out about stillbirth

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Around six babies arrive stillborn in Australia every day, so why is this still a taboo topic? The mum of a stillborn baby, an obstetric social worker and an artist who creates keepsakes for parents of lost babies have their say.

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.

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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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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The truth about phantom pregnancies

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Rashida Tayabali It started with the usual signs of an impending birth, but a caesarean revealed something astounding: there was no baby. The woman had experienced a rare, yet not unheard of, phantom pregnancy.

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.

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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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The dangerous new trend of glucose challenge test refusal

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Office of Fair Trading reveals naughty toys ahead of Christmas

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Long-term reversible male contraceptive on its way

Men could soon have access to an injectable long-term contraceptive which works in a similar way to a vasectomy but promises to be easily reversed.

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Attack of the 'mummy brain'

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Mum of baby who fell ill after drinking raw milk speaks out

A Melbourne mother has described how her son turned grey when he became seriously ill after drinking raw milk.

Australian divorce rate lowest since 1976

Modern newlyweds are now well into their 30s and marriage still offers something powerful a new book argues.

The aftermath of a traumatic birth experience

In Australia, 30 per cent of women find their birth experience traumatic, with 6 per cent going on to develop post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Young mum burns 'from inside-out'

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The disagreement that can break a relationship

If he doesn't change his mind, all I can hope is that I will. It would be a waste to spend the rest of my marriage mourning a baby that never was.

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