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.

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?

Many pregnant women unaware of best food practices

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NATASHA BODDY Fewer than one in three women are aware food eaten while pregnant and by babies under two can play a role in the development of obesity, type-2 diabetes and food allergies. 

Eating chalk and other extreme cravings during pregnancy

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Jennifer Morton Craving a nice handful of dirt, or a crunchy stick of chalk? No, you're not losing it - you're just experiencing pica, a common pregnancy side effect.

The joy of discovering pregnancy yoga

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GREER BERRY My main concern was that I would be surrounded by beautiful models with teeny tiny bumps and the flexibility of Russian gymnasts. I needn't have worried.

Do we need more care and compassion for women experiencing miscarriage?

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CATHERINE RODIE Anna was 11 weeks pregnant when she started bleeding. She went straight to hospital, but the doctor didn't take her case seriously and refused to refer her for a scan.

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'I'm So Pregnant' parody of Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' goes viral

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Melanie Mahoney Three mums have created a viral hit with their parody of Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy', instead singing about the challenges of the latter weeks of pregnancy.

The new non-invasive option for prenatal testing

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Rachel Ladd The landscape of antenatal care is changing, partly due to a new and exciting - and less risky - test for Down syndrome.

Why do men become gynaecologists?

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ROB MORAN What kind of man chooses to make vaginas his line of work? A group of male gynaecologists explained how they felt about their profession.

Is pregnancy contagious?

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Young women whose high school friends have had a baby are more likely to follow suit, according to a new study.

How to treat common skin problems in pregnancy

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Angela Tufvesson Unlike the sought-after pregnancy ‘glow’, many skin changes in pregnancy can be uncomfortable and make mums-to-be feel unattractive. Here are a few common skin problems experienced in pregnancy, and how to treat them.

Pregnancy and your sex life

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GREER BERRY Every woman's pregnancy is different: some lose their libido completely, some turn into total hornbags. One pregnant woman shares her story.

Old wives' tales and gender prediction theories

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GREER BERRY Someone once said, tongue-in-cheek, that not knowing the gender makes you push harder, and I like that idea. But just for fun, I thought I'd do some tests on old wives' gender prediction theories.

Woman vows to keep getting pregnant until her 'womb falls out'

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Letitia Rowlands One UK mum wants to continue being a surrogate because she is addicted to the "thrill" of pregnancy.

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The silent issue of foetal alcohol spectrum disorder

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Shabnam Dastghieb Children with foetal alcohol spectrum disorder are being all too commonly misdiagnosed, leading to health complications and wasted resources.

Ideas for belly art in pregnancy

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Lisa Gutierrez Pregnancy belly art has taken on a life of its own, with expectant women using their growing tummies as the perfect canvas for a bit of fun - sometimes with amazing results.

When 'mumnesia' attacks

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JO HARTLEY Baby brain, or ‘mumnesia’, affects a lot of women at some stage during pregnancy. Despite many dismissing its existence, several studies - and women around the world - say it’s completely normal and very real.

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Yoga good for the mind in pregnancy

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Tom Wilkinson Scientists have proved what many women have long suspected: yoga is good for the mind during pregnancy.

Omega-3 supplements not worth it for pregnant women: study

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Pregnant mothers who take omega-3 fatty acid supplements to boost their baby's brain power are probably wasting their time, according to a major Australian study.

Five things pregnant women don't want to hear

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Kristen Jordan Shamus If you're growing a baby, chances are you've had some insensitive or just plain stupid comments from workmates, friends and family, and even complete strangers.

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How one woman hid her pregnancy from online marketers

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Matt Petronzio The average person's marketing data is worth 10 cents; a pregnant woman's data skyrockets to $1.50. And once targeted advertising finds a pregnant woman, it won't let up.

Why do pregnant women nest?

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Angela Tufvesson You’re not far off giving birth and the excitement is palpable … so much so that you get the urge to clean the fridge and rearrange your lounge room furniture in the middle of the night. No, you're not going crazy - it's all a normal part of pregnancy.

Pregnant women urged to check fine print on babymoon travel insurance

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NARELLE TOWIE A Perth mother who gave birth two months early while in Bali is urging all pregnant women to check the fine print on their insurance policies before travelling.

Can you make your baby smarter even before birth?

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Letitia Rowlands A product new to Australia claims to help babies be born "as intelligent as possible", but not all experts agree on the benefits of educating babies while still in the womb.

'My mother-in-law found out our baby's gender behind our backs'

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Emily Yoffe My husband and I mutually decided that we didn’t want to know our baby's sex before the birth, but his mother couldn't handle that.

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She really didn't know she was pregnant?

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KERRI SACKVILLE Here we go again: another headline story, another woman giving birth without even knowing she was pregnant. How is that even possible?

Your best friend during pregnancy

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Nicole Thomson-Pride Your best friend in pregnancy could well be another pregnant friend, says a first-time mum-to-be.

Smoking bans cut premature births

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Kate Kelland Banning smoking in public places has helped to cut premature births by 10 per cent, according to new research from the United States and Europe.

Blessingways: bringing back 'women's business' in pregnancy

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LIBBY HAKIM Some women are choosing to reclaim a small part of pregnancy as strictly women’s business, and are holding ceremonies named ‘blessingways’ to tap into the power of the feminine and celebrate motherhood.

Choosing a midwife

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GREER BERRY In a weird conversation that vaguely resembled some kind of pregnancy dating service, the midwife agreed to take me, my husband and the embryo on.

'From bump to Buzz' pregnancy video goes viral

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Melanie Mahoney Buzz Michelangelo Fletcher was welcomed into the world by his proud parents on March 13 – but not before his parents made this very sweet video during the pregnancy.

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Three things that surprised me about pregnancy

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Melanie Pinola There are some things we don't discuss very readily when it comes to pregnancy - and it's time to spill the beans.

The baby shower guest of honour who went too far

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Melanie Mahoney A mum-to-be has gift-shamed the people she’d invited to her baby-shower – even those who hadn’t attended.

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Why I have mixed feelings about our happy news

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GREER BERRY We did something that, at times, I never thought was possible: we conceived. But part of me still thinks this is all an elaborate hoax.

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Single mum of two creates award-winning baby app

Suddenly single with a baby and an 11-year-old son, Tara O’Connell developed an app to improve the lives of mothers who were similarly overwhelmed.

Food for thought: looking after yourself as a new mum

As soon as your baby enters the world, everything else takes a back seat - even the necessities of daily life such as eating are severely compromised, right when you need energy the most.

'Grabbable guts' campaign aims to cut toxic fat

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The best and worst month of my life

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Facebook and Apple offer to pay female staff to freeze their eggs

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How a pregnancy contract could work for you and your partner

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Finding a mum-friendly personal trainer

Burping babies vs burpees – yes, new mums and personal trainers live in different worlds. But they can work together - once you find the right match for you and your lifestyle.

Alleged baby snatch incident a ‘misunderstanding’, say police

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Ebola killed my aunt and is shutting down my country

Three weeks ago, my auntie, a midwife, developed a fever. Sitting here in Sydney basked in Australian sunshine, that shouldn't be big news.

The night my ovary burst

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