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

Beef, asparagus and mushroom stir-fry. Supplied by Beefandlamb.com.au

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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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder story for GW

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.

'I'm happy to know I'm changing lives': surrogate mum of two

Mum's not the word: “The connection is not there. I am babysitting, so to speak,” says Shannon Garner of being a surrogate.

Dawn Barker I know that once the baby is born, I will focus on the gift I have given, and watch the parents with their new child. I can't wait for that day.

Easy ways to find your pregnancy groove

It's important to finding ways to enjoy your pregnancy, even if you are not feeling great.

Jennifer Chung Pregnancy can be difficult at times and you may not always be feeling your best, but it's important to find ways to enjoy this special time and prepare for your sweet baby.

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Nine months in six seconds: new parents' Vine clip a hit

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Melanie Mahoney We’ve seen some memorable time-lapse pregnancy and birth announcement videos before. Now one new couple has taken it to the extreme, capturing it all in just a six-second Vine video.

Expectant parents urged to swap the pub for bub

A new campaign is encouraging Canberrans to banish the booze in support of their pregnant partners.

NATASHA BODDY Nearly one in five women drink while pregnant, but a current campaign is trying to drive down that unhealthy statistic.

Consulting 'Dr Google' when you're pregnant

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CATHERINE RODIE We're all guilty of turning to the internet for a quick answer when we need medical advice, but Dr Google should be approached with caution - especially when you're pregnant.

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The not-so-accidental pregnancies

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LIBBY HAKIM While most surprise pregnancies are just that – surprises to all involved – these mums-to-be occasionally have a little secret. For some, the pregnancy is no shock.

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I was addicted to pregnancy tests

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JO HARTLEY In an age where we have access to a plethora of pregnancy tests that offer instant results, some women can't help but take tests early and often.

Should bars offer free pregnancy tests?

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JO HARTLEY Researchers have placed free pregnancy tests in bar restrooms in an American state, hoping it will help raise awareness of foetal alcohol syndrome. Would it work here?

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10 things I wish my pre-baby self knew

I look back at my pre-baby self and laugh at how ridiculously easy I actually had it. I remember complaining about how tired I was and how little time I had.

Creative ways to store your child's art

Ideas for storing your child's artworks have moved on from sticking them to the fridge door before guiltily dumping them in the bin.

Child abuse ignored because 'it's not your children': Waleed Aly

Waleed Aly takes apart the immigration law that's designed to "protect politicians"

How a newborn niece changed star Australian basketballer's life

In August 2013 star basketball Abby Bishop was 24-years-old and in the prime of her sporting career.

Guilt is my new shadow

No one warned me that when I gave birth there would be an additional side order of guilt.

12 brilliant Ikea hacks for kids’ rooms

Check out these creative upcycling ideas that transform regular Ikea items into something special for your little ones.

Child's nightmare about 'man with a light' turned out to be real

For three days, a three-year-old boy had been saying there was "a man with a light" outside his window at night.

Toilet truths after giving birth

The thought of going to the toilet after giving birth is often feared, but there are ways to make it less painful.

Woman asks strangers for $1 million to stop her having an abortion

An anonymous woman is taking an extreme moral and ethical stand by seeking $1 million in donations to prevent her going ahead with a planned abortion.

How a woman's dying wish made another woman a mum

"I kind of think about, 'What did I do beforehand? What kept me so busy back then?' Because now I'm really busy."

The parenting do-over: what six parents did differently second time around

In playgrounds across Australia, you can hear parents lamenting, "When we have our next baby I swear I won't be doing THAT again".

A solo birth, a wasp swarm and a forest fire: mum and baby's amazing story of survival

Desperate, out of petrol and low on food, a new mother lit a fire in the hope of attracting attention.

Boy found on swing died of hypothermia and dehydration, autopsy finds

The story was chilling and heartbreaking: a three-year-old boy was found dead in a Southern Maryland park, his mother pushing him on the swing.

Child's play and laughter help battle fatigue

Feeling fatigued? Uh-huh, thought as much. Join the queue.

Dad shares entertaining 'how to hold a baby' clip

For many new dads, their own child is the first baby they have ever held. So one dad has posted an instructive YouTube video titled "How to Hold a Baby".

The Australian baby with 100,000 Facebook fans

She may be only eight months old, but Egypt has already amassed more than 100,000 fans and received a letter from royalty - Hollywood royalty that is.

Tongue tie: what you need to know

Tongue and lip tie can lead to many problems for babies - and their parents. Here are the signs of tongue tie and how it's treated.

My daughter is small but that doesn't matter

My daughter may be small, but it's my job as her parent to refocus back where it belongs - on who she is as a person

Wet wipes linked to rise in allergic reactions

The government has issued a health warning after a rise in allergic skin reactions has been linked to a preservative found in some wet wipes.

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