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

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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Dealing with a toddler's morning tantrums

Your schedule is not important to your two-year-old, and you cannot convince her otherwise. So what can you do?

Child in suitcase 'could have died eight years ago'

A child whose remains were dumped in a suitcase in the South Australian bush is believed to have been a girl aged between two-and-a-half to four.

MP breastfeeds baby during parliamentary session

An Argentinian mum and politician has caused a stir on social media after being filmed breastfeeding her baby.

My baby's first seizure

It was 1am on a cold winter's night when I woke suddenly to the screams of my 12-month-old son. Our lives were about to change forever.

Portable pools 'more dangerous than permanent ones'

Inflatable and portable children's pools may be required to be sold with compulsory fencing to prevent backyard drownings, with some experts even floating the idea of a ban.

Heartbreaking moment mum kisses her one-week-old goodbye

At 11.07am on April 2 this year, Sarah Marriott welcomed baby Sebastian into the world.

The amazing Tee Pee bed and kid-friendly Frankie Bunk bed

These kids' beds definitely fit the brief of providing personality and personal space for little people who are moving up in the world.

The funny things kids say when you're pregnant

Since becoming noticeably pregnant, my son has taken more of an interest in the sibling he'll soon have.

The real problem with having one child

In this age of political correctness, it seems the one subject still subject to discrimination is that of the Only Child.

Six-week-old baby found dead, believed stabbed

A neighbour heard a child screaming before a baby was found dead, believed to have been stabbed, in a house in Newcastle.

The fire hazard in more than 70,000 Australian homes

So far, 206 Samsung washing machines have caught fire and some have exploded. But many remain in people's homes.

How having a baby can bring on OCD

We all know that having a baby can turn your life upside down - and it can also bring a raft of new anxieties and worries.

IVF gender selection being considered for Australian parents

Couples using IVF may be able to choose the gender of their babies and women could be financially compensated for donating their eggs.

The best age to get married (according to the latest study)

Not too young, and not too old. That's reportedly the best age to get married. Not everyone agrees.

Yes, you can get pregnant before your period returns post-baby

After giving birth, the last thing you want to think about is contraception. But you can get pregnant before your period comes back.

Fellow diner rewards mum after toddler's tantrum

Parents of toddlers everywhere know the feeling. After working up the courage to take your child out for lunch or dinner in public you are rewarded with a mid-meal meltdown. 

IKEA begins massive safety campaign after two toddler deaths

Two children were killed when pieces from their Malm furniture line tipped over.

Beaneasy: sweet nursery furniture with a twist

If you're looking to introduce an organic element into your baby's nursery but want to step away from natural timber, we have the perfect alternative.

A dad's guide to hyperemesis

I am in no way qualified to advise women on how to cope with hyperemesis, but I've learnt some lessons that might be worth sharing with other partners.

Woman adopts best friend's four daughters after cancer tragedy

Best friends share everything - and for these two life-long friends, that includes family.

Baby Leo's mum excluded from $500K trust 'for her own protection'

Samuel Forrest didn't want his wife as a trustee of their baby Leo's half million dollar trust for her own "protection", it has emerged.

Confirmed: men gain weight when they become dads

Men who become fathers experience weight gain and an increase in body mass index, a measurement of body fat based on height and weight, according to a new, large-scale study

Carer investigated over washing machine photo posted 'for a laugh'

She said the photo of a boy with Down syndrome in a washing machine was taken just for fun, but no one else was laughing.

Mum's premature labour nightmare after high tea salmonella outbreak

An opulent high tea at a luxury Melbourne hotel has left 44 people with salmonella poisoning - including a pregnant woman, who went into early labour.

The day my son started a fire

Would you know what to do in a fire emergency? How safe is your home and family?

Prince George celebrates second birthday

Prince George's second birthday has been marked by the release of an official picture showing the toddler smiling as he is held by his proud beaming father.

Which beauty treatments are safe in pregnancy?

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

The five ways I know my 'baby' is no longer a baby

The truth is, I can no longer deny that my walking, babbling, somewhat-independent little miss is no longer a bona fide 'baby'.

Review: Cybex Platinum PRIAM pram

I'm not usually one who believes in love at first sight but that's exactly what happened when I first saw the Cybex PRIAM.

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I believe that you get out of families what you put into them, and I will give mine my all.

Mother and baby units are a necessity for mental health, not a luxury

I have had two postnatal psychotic episodes. The first when my eldest child was six weeks old, and another after my second child was born.

30 French baby names

French names are always in fashion, but a few have risen in popularity in recent years.

New mum's Spanish maternity nightmare

A British woman who gave birth in Spain has told of her ordeal after spending weeks trying to convince medics the baby girl was hers.

Preparing Rover to be a good dog with baby

Some friends of ours say that it's dangerous to have a dog around a newborn and that we should start looking for a new home for him. Is it?

Company offers to ship working mums' breast milk home

First Apple and Facebook announced they would pay $20,000 towards the cost of their female employees freezing their eggs, now IBM in the US has come up with an innovative new policy aimed at retaining female employees.

Prince William speaks of his pride at wife Kate and 'little joy of heaven' Charlotte

The Duke of Cambridge opened up about family life and his plans for the future in an interview to mark his first day as an air ambulance pilot.

'Glowing' eye saves baby Mason's life

A simple photo taken in front of an evening fire gave new mother Sarah Bowers the power to save her baby's life. 

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