When depression hits before you have the baby

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Alison Bowen Kate Moser is one of the many women who suffer depression and anxiety while pregnant.

Pregnant women not eating enough vegies: study

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AAP Expectant mothers are shunning their vegies, but still believe they're eating well, says an Adelaide university study.

Which beauty treatments are safe in pregnancy?

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Is it safe to use fake tan, hair dye and nail varnish during pregnancy?

The weird advice you get when you're pregnant

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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.

Why 'babymoon' holidays can be risky

Rachael and Craig Morgan with their baby William who was born 7 weeks premature while they were meant to be on holiday.

Julia Medew Health Editor Doctors say "baby moons" are going very wrong for some pregnant women, even when they are in Australia.

Why pregnant women on antidepressants shouldn’t panic about birth defect claims

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Treasure McGuire The risk of having uncontrolled depression is far greater than the small increased risk of birth defects that may be associated with specific antidepressants.

40 per cent of Australian women drink while pregnant: study

For most women, their binge-drinking days were abandoned once they discovered they were pregnant.

BIANCA HALL Almost half of Australian women drink during their pregnancy, and health authorities need to craft new policies to reduce alcohol use in expectant women, a new study shows.

Mum puts 15-minute labour down to 'fit, not fat' pregnancy

Sharny Kieser when 40 weeks pregnant with her fifth child, Hugo.

Staff writers A 15-minute labour sounds like the thing dreams are made of. But for this Aussie mum of five, it was a reality.

Is it reasonable to expect your partner to give up drinking in pregnancy?

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JO HARTLEY From the moment that I fell pregnant with my son, I realised just how much my life had already started to change.

Eight months pregnant and addicted to eating soap

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LIVIA GAMBLE This bizarre snack takes the cake (of soap) when it comes to weird pregnancy cravings.

Pregnancy food rules around the world

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Aileen Nakhle Are the dietary guidelines for pregnant women all that different around the world?

Gymnast mum's impressive pregnancy workout

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Remember being 35 weeks pregnant and feeling too exhausted to get off the couch? Not Julia Sharpe.

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Overeating in pregnancy: no more 'eating for two'

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Jo Hartley The reality is that during pregnancy we actually don’t need to consume copious amounts of extra food.

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The women who desperately need more support in pregnancy

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CATHERINE RODIE For women suffering from chronic morning sickness or hyperemesis gravidarum, pregnancy can be the roller coaster from hell.

Pregnant women advised to avoid organic and UHT milk

Iodine, which is found in millk, is important for an unborn baby's brain development.

Pregnant women who switch to "healthier" organic milk may be putting the brain development of their unborn babies at risk, experts have claimed.

How to talk about your pregnancy at work

Deciding when to reveal your pregnancy to work colleagues can be tricky.

Akane Otani The workplace isn't always a friendly place for pregnant women. Yet working women inclined to conceal a pregnancy from prying coworkers may be better off opening up and carrying on, according to a new study.

Pregnant women need good nutrition advice, not judgment

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Karen Charlton and Catherine Lucas Pregnant women are under pressure to do all the "right things" to have a healthy child. It results in women feeling judged about their decisions.

What, exactly, is a placenta?

A crocheted placenta from AnOptimisticCynic on Etsy, $26.73.

Astrud Tuck In China, it’s thought to be its first and finest clothing. And it has a gender matching that of the foetus.

How to get the best babymoon insurance

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TRACEY SPICER With a boom in ‘‘babymoons’’, it’s timely to look at which travel insurance policies cover pregnancy.

How midwives can help women who experience domestic violence

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Kathleen Baird and Debra K. Creedy More than half of women who live with abusive partners experience violence during pregnancy.

Why I had the new test for Down syndrome

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Anonymous Early last year I turned 35, and having just found out I was pregnant, I opted to have the new test for Down syndrome.

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Hands off: the etiquette of touching a pregnant belly

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JO HARTLEY Did you notice during pregnancy how interested other people became in your bump? Did you notice that some of them become so fascinated that they couldn’t help but reach out and touch it?

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Why pregnant women should avoid eating flake in fish and chips

Eat only once a fortnight: fish and chips made with flake (shark)

Peter Hannam with staff writers Too much eating of high-mercury shark (flake) in fish and chips and other meals might damage your health.

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Why dreams are so vivid and weird in pregnancy

Dreams can be pleasant, scary or just plain weird - even more so in pregnancy.

JO HARTLEY When I was pregnant, my dreams were regular, vivid and scary. And I know I'm not alone.

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Lamb and white bean casserole with sweet potato mash and green beans

Lamb and white bean casserole with sweet potato mash and green beans. Supplied by Beefandlamb.com.au

One of our nutrient packed and safe to enjoy throughout pregnancy red meat recipes to ensure important nutrients required for the growth and development of a baby during pregnancy.

Beef stir-fry with fresh rice noodles

Quick and easy stir-fry - dinner on the table in minutes

A quick 20 minute meal rich in iron and leafy greens to get a good dose of vital nutrients for mum and bub.

Tuscan lamb on polenta

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A slow and low lamb dish with a creamy polenta to take up all those lovely juices.

Beef, asparagus and mushroom stir-fry

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A quick and easy weeknight dinner with plenty of iron and vitamins.

Slow-cooked lamb shoulder with pasta and greens

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Great family meal for those winter months with this slow-cooked lamb shoulder. Served with pasta, plates will be polished clean.

Southern-inspired beef pot roast

Southern-inspired beef pot roast. Supplied by Beefandlamb.com.au

The reality of the ‘pregnancy diet’ – no more champagne, soft cheese, fresh oysters and sashimi. Fortunately red meat is one indulgence that is very much still on the menu – in fact, it’s a necessity.

6 awesome pregnancy and baby announcements of 2014

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Melanie Mahoney Many parents are choosing to share their pregnancy and birth news with clever, creative videos - here are some we loved in 2014.

When pregnancy makes you sad

More than 1900 expecting and new parents are estimated to be struggling with perinatal depression each week.

JO HARTLEY Over 1900 expecting and new parents are estimated to be struggling with perinatal or antenatal depression each week - and we need to talk about it more.

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'I have something that belongs to you': mum-to-be places ad to find baby's dad

Bianca Fazey thought she'd never fall pregnant without medical intervention.

Not only was the baby a complete surprise, there was a catch: the baby's father was a man she'd had a one night stand with, and she didn't know how to contact him to let him know.

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White bread out, quinoa in: the best and worst carbs to eat

Sorry, white bread loaf: your days are numbered.

Susie Burrell Before you ditch all of the carbs from your diet, here are some of the best nutritionally, and a few of the ones that are best consumed occasionally.

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When your pregnancy causes a relationship rift

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JO HARTLEY Some dads-to-be don't miss a beat when their partner is pregnant; others struggle with a range of issues and can become withdrawn, right when their support is needed most.

Baby survives despite sharing womb with 'foreign body'

Emma with six-month-old Maia today.

Katie Kenny Baby Maia was conceived against the odds, only to find she was sharing a womb with an ominous "foreign body".

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Why it's time to end the three-month secrecy rule

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When you’re open about things, it gives other people permission to do the same. You hear the truth of other people’s lives and realise others aren’t perfect.

When pregnancy messes with your self-esteem

Pregnancy doesn't make all women feel beautiful. It certainly doesn't raise every woman's self-esteem.

JO HARTLEY Pregnancy doesn't make all women feel beautiful. It certainly doesn't raise every woman's self-esteem.

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The devastation of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders

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Fiona Harari No one's sure how many Australians are affected by foetal alcohol spectrum disorders, but the consequences for those who are can be devastating.

Why it's possible to not realise you're pregnant until the baby arrives

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MELANIE KEMBREY After hearing about 'surprise babies' born to mums who didn't know they were pregnant, it's common to ask "how did she not realise?" But experts say it's entirely possible for it to happen.

What to eat and avoid during pregnancy

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Clare Collins and Michelle Blumfield As soon as women announce “I’m having a baby!”, the congratulations are quickly followed by long lists of dos and don'ts about food.

Couple's 'pretentious' pregnancy announcement

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Laura Vitto 'The Pretentious Presentation of the Uterine Inhabitant' features all of the trappings of a Wes Anderson film.

The facts on drinking before you know you're pregnant

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Radhika Sanghani We all know that alcohol can harm an unborn baby, but what about those who drank before they knew they were pregnant?

A drug nightmare for unaware mums

Denise Astill with her twin daughters Jazmyn and Natasha, 12, who have birth defects from the drug Epilim.

Sally Wenley There is no way I would have continued taking a drug that could cause birth defects. We need to prevent it continuing to happen.

We have to stop weight-shaming pregnant women

KASEY EDWARDS We're all different. Some women's bodies gain a lot of weight when pregnant. Other's don't. Full stop.

Epi-No or just no?

The Epi-No is a fairly polarising little piece of equipment. But the biggest question, ultimately, is: does it work?

DANIELLE COLLEY The Epi-No is a fairly polarising little piece of equipment. Some women love it and some women hate it. But ultimately the biggest question is: does it work?

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In defence of the bumpie

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CATHERINE RODIE Are bumpies - bump selfies - really "exhibitionism of the weirdest kind"?

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6 things I'll miss about pregnancy (and 6 things I won't)

A prodding elbow here and a foot kick there; evidence of the miracle growing inside.

MICHAELA FOX While there are certainly things I’ll miss about pregnancy, there are also many things I’ll be glad never to experience again.

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Mum's thyroid levels in pregnancy linked to maths skills

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Laura Donnelly Children who are bad at maths may have started behind their peers due to their mother's hormone levels in pregnancy, a study suggests.

The danger of comparing yourself to pregnant celebrities

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Jo Moir Researchers have found an unhealthy link between images of pregnant celebrities and the effect they have on women's attachment to their unborn babies.

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To celebrate the launch of EB member and contributor Julia's Watson's first book, we have five copies of Breakfast, School Run, Chemo give away.

Electronic tags may keep newborns safe

The possibility of using electronic bracelets for mothers and their newborn babies is being investigated by Adelaide's Women's and Children's Hospital. 

Baby steps: when your little one starts walking

As a parent there are so many milestones to look forward to. That first smile, first word - and, of course, that first step.

Julia Watson's new book 'Breakfast, School Run, Chemo'

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How not to name twins

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Fun Sunny Life pool inflatables just for babies

The babies of 2015 will thus be thrilled to paddle their happy baby legs in these brand new flamingo and swan baby inflatables.

Breastfeeding basics for beginners

Here are 10 tips to help make breastfeeding successful and stress free for both you and your baby as quickly as possible.

Girl smothers baby brother with peanut butter

This mum had a big clean up job on her hands.

How to hide those under eye shadows

Pandas are the only ones who benefit from under-eye shadows. If you're not fluffy and cute, you'll just look tired.

Young mum dies after being denied pap smear

A mother has died after she was denied a pap smear because she was deemed "too young" to need it.

Birthday cakes banned at childcare centre

A childcare centre in Sydney has banned birthday cakes after parent complaints about excessive sugar and children with allergies being left out.

Triplet surprise for newlyweds

As the radiographer moved the wand over her abdomen, Shelley King got the surprise of her life.

3 yummy Thermomix baby and toddler recipes

Louise Fulton Keats shares her recipes for babies and toddlers, including corn and sweet pikelets, pumpkin and pea risotto, and cheesy bunny biscuits.

Man arrested over toddler Nikki's death

A 31-year-old man has been arrested over the death of two-year-old Nikki Francis-Coslovich in Mildura.

Adoption ban on pregnant women to be lifted

Pregnant women will no longer be barred from adoption waiting lists in NSW, after the Baird Government decided the practice was discriminatory.

Are you getting enough magnesium?

Magnesium is the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, but we don't talk enough about it and the vital role it plays in great health and energy, as well as disease prevention.

5 workplace lessons for new parents

Take heart in these principles that will transfer seamlessly from the workplace into your new life as a parent.

Mums to follow on Instagram

A creative outlet for many, there are some savvy women complementing their blogs and businesses with riveting Instagrams feeds. We've chosen a few which have bucketloads of appeal; there are some big time players and some smaller local ones, and they each bring their special brand of magic to the Instagram experience.

Review: The Volvo 2015 XC90 SUV has all the safety features your family needs

The new Volvo XC90 SUV's focus on keeping you safe does not come at the expense of comfort in the XC90.

Kim Kardashian reveals she may have hysterectomy

Kim Kardashian has revealed complications during pregnancy means she might have to have a hysterectomy after the birth of her second child.

Why late night snacks wreak havoc on weight loss

 Loath as you may be to admit it, chances are that at some point you have found yourself in the kitchen late at night, devouring food.

Toddler twins pretend to be asleep to fool mum

They say twins have a unique connection. If this cute clip is anything to go by, these toddler sisters like to use their special bond to try to fool their mother.

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