Pregnancy Symptoms

What symptoms to look out for when you think "am I pregnant?": Pregnancy symptoms such as morning sickness as well as changing tastes in pregnancy along with some other common and not so common pregnancy symptoms as well as those other side-effects of pregnancy you just might not expect.

Morning Sickness

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Number one of the pregnancy symptoms - by name, morning sickness, by for most, is actually all-day and all-night sickness.

8 ways morning sickness sucks


SAMAN SHAD I'm a mum of three, and I've suffered terrible morning sickness three times now.

6 pregnancy side effects I didn't expect


Without frightening anyone who is yet to navigate the pregnancy path, here are some things I didn’t expect when I fell pregnant.

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Early signs of pregnancy: when you know before the test says yes

LIBBY HAKIM It wasn't a pregnancy test or missed period that told me I was pregnant with my second baby; it was too early for those things. A doner kebab told me I was going to be a mum again.

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Nausea, cravings, weight gain - and that's just the dad-to-be

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Letitia Rowlands Dad-to-be Harry Ashby says he is the first man in the UK to take sick leave due to pregnancy illness after being diagnosed with Couvade syndrome.

10 things they don’t tell you about being pregnant


Stacey Gladman As I slowly waddle my ever-changing pregnant body towards the finishing line of my due date, it’s becoming increasingly clear there are a lot of things they just don’t tell you about pregnancy.

Changing tastes in pregnancy

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JO HARTLEY There’s no denying that our bodies go through some massive changes when we’re pregnant - and one unexpected symptom can change what we like to eat and drink.

What I wasn't told about pregnancy


Jennifer Morton Pregnancy can cause some symptoms you'd never imagine - but chances are, they're all a perfectly normal part of the journey.

Kelly Clarkson's pregnancy woes


Kelly Clarkson is throwing up a "dozen times a day" during her pregnancy.

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Seeing an effective treatment for nausea


Kendall Powell Despite the condition affecting more than half of all pregnant women and countless others, there are still few effective treatments for nausea.

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Pregnancy: the glows and the lows


Alissa Warren Think morning sickness is the least glam part of pregnancy? You may be in for a surprise, as Alissa Warren explains ...

Doctor sued after mistaking pregnancy for ear condition

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EB staff writers A woman has said she was "pretty distressed" to learn that she was seven months pregnant after a doctor dismissed her symptoms as inner ear problems.

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Common (and not so common) pregnancy symptoms

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So you think you might be pregnant… or just suffering from a random ailment you’ve never noticed before. Here are some ways your body can be trying to tell you you’re creating a new life.

Beyonce parody: "All the pregnant ladies"


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Morning sickness

Prue Corlette I don't like being pregnant. There, I said it. Despite spending four years wanting nothing more than to be pregnant, the reality is not what I was expecting.

Pregnancy symptoms: what to look for


Am I? Or not? Each month many women find themselves asking The Question: am I pregnant this month? While the surest answer will come with a pregnancy test, there are a number of possible symptoms that may give the game away earlier.

Pregnant women only identify a third of their foetus's movements

Amy Corderoy Mother knows best - but it turns out she doesn't know everything when it comes to her baby's movements in the womb.

Pregnancy symptoms: am I pregnant?

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EB's iphone app has had an update - Pregnancy Week by Week updates straight to your phone - Now with a Contraction Timer!

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Congratulations, you're pregnant! So when is the baby due? Calculate your expected due date using Essential Baby’s Due Date Calculator.


Chat to other mums

Ask questions or offer advice to other expectant parents in our forum for mums.

What month are you due?

Join a due in group (DIG) and travel the pregnancy journey with other expectant mums at the same stage as you.

Newborn baby found in a nativity scene

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Life would be harder without my kids

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Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

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All you need to assess a child's future intelligence is a plastic cup and a raisin, according to new research.

Former Hi-5 member's cannabis hope

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The top 5 reasons your toddler throws a tantrum

Whilst to the outside world little people may appear to have it easy, it's actually not always the case – just ask any toddler who's had their toast cut up the wrong way.

Glenn McGrath thought he'd lost his wife and baby

Australian cricket ledged Glen McGrath has spoken about the moment he thought he might lose his wife, Sara and their baby daughter, Madison.


Inside my Centrelink nightmare

Mother Bec Smith has been trying for months to access Centrelink payments. A "serious error" is preventing her.

Warnings over push for hourly childcare billing

Australia's peak childcare body has called for caution around the Turnbull government's push for childcare centres to charge parents by the hour, not by the day.

Cate Blanchett thought about adopting for years

Cate Blanchett says her recent adoption of a baby girl had nothing to do with wanting a daughter after having three sons.

Kate Walsh: 'I can't have kids'

Grey's Anatomy star Kate Walsh has revealed she is unable to have children because she has experienced early menopause.

The parasite that could boost fertility

The Tsimane women of Bolivia are often revered as among the most fertile in the world - on average having 10 children in their lifetimes -- but some are even more fertile than others.

Family may sue cousin over genetics

A Melbourne couple is suing the Royal Children's Hospital for failing to diagnose a genetic disorder in their first child - an error they allege caused them to have another child with severe disabilities.

Strange things mums have done in labour

While most women in labour focus on the upcoming birth of their baby, some women do more interesting things.

Michael Clarke reveals baby's name

When Michael Clarke said he was wrapped around the finger of his little princess, he wasn't joking.

The logistics of breastfeeding twins

Our life is more or less divided into neat four hour parcels of time and it's hard to get much of anything done in the time between feeds.

How to stop people ruining Christmas

We can make a conscious effort about how we react to those curly Christmas day scenarios that can send us up the wall, or should we say chimney.

Lots of formula offers for desperate mum

The mum who was down to her last three tins of baby formula said she had received hundreds of calls and offers to send her formula.

Surviving breast cancer while pregnant

It was last thing Rebecca O'Donnell expected at 30 weeks' pregnant. One morning, while putting on her bra, she felt a pea-sized lump in her right breast.

Cot sheet brands for the nursery

With so many awesome cot sheet options these days, we thought we'd put together a list of go-to brands for you to seek out for your baby's bed.

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