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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Top pregnancy and baby myths busted

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Mel Hearse Ever wondered if Mozart will really make your baby smarter, if baby brain is real or if your pregnancy diet affects your child’s tastes? A new book reveals all on popular pregnancy and birth myths.

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When pregnancy seems like a nine-month guilt trip

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KERRI SACKVILLE Pregnant women feel guilt about practically everything. And now, to add to the burden of guilt, is the news about paracetamol and pregnancy. So what are we supposed to do?

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Pregnancy after miscarriage

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CATHERINE RODIE Women preparing for pregnancy after miscarriage can experience a wide range of emotions including grief, guilt and anxiety.

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Sweet as: giving up sugar during pregnancy

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LINDY ALEXANDER Pregnancy has many mums-to-be reaching for sugary snacks to satisfy their cravings. Growing numbers of women, however, are turning their backs on the lolly jar, and avoiding sugar while they are pregnant.

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How your Twitter feed can predict postnatal depression

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Sarah Knapton The risk of a new mother suffering from postnatal depression could be predicted weeks before birth by monitoring her Twitter feed, scientists say.

It's OK to put on weight while pregnant

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SAMAN SHAD The pressure to be slim and glamorous is robbing us of the joy of pregnancy.

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Parents horrified by 'fake' photos of their unborn babies

Spot the difference: the left picture was provided to family, the right is from Google Images.

Anne-Maree Leonard A group of mums is horrified that ultrasound photos of their unborn children appear to be fakes after a social media post triggered widespread alarm.

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Grandma showers, 3D baby models, and more: the latest pregnancy trends

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LETITIA ROWLANDS Pregnancy trends are always changing. We look at what's new in the world of mums-to-be, including grandma showers and 3D baby prints.

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Is the future of antenatal learning online?

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CATHERINE RODIE Seeing the need for an alternative to what has been available in the past, three midwives have created Australia's first online antenatal classes. Is this the future for pregnancy education?

Brain dead pregnant woman kept on life support against family's wishes

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Manny Fernandez and Erik Eckholm At 33, Marlise Munoz was diagnosed as brain dead. Her husband and family prepared to have her life support turned off - but then the law stepped in.

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How to share pregnancy news with infertile friends

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Greer Berry How do you tell someone you care about that you've fallen pregnant while they've been trying for so long? Here's advice from someone who's been through it.

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'Embrace your changing body': Mum dances throughout pregnancy

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Melody McCabe "My [dance] company is built around celebrating the strength and femininity of the female body - for me, pregnancy has just been an extension of that," says pregnant ballerina Mary Helen Bowers.

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Gifts for the mum-to-be or new mother who has everything

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Jo Hartley In order to be a little bit different and think somewhat outside the usual gift box, why not give one of these to the pregnant woman or new mum who seemingly has it all?

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Thandie Newton admits to pregnancy shock

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Thandie Newton has admitted to panicking about her two children, a new cat and her job when she learnt she was pregnant again at 40.

Eating disorders in pregnancy

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Jo Hartley A recent study found that eating disorders in pregnant woman are more common than you might think. A mum shares her story as two experts speak about disordered eating in pregnancy.

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Adorable Skeanie loafers for kids

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My baby is hypermobile

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Yumi Stynes: Having a baby after a 10-year break

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