Why are due dates important?


CATHERINE RODIE From the moment you discover you are pregnant you look forward to your baby's arrival.

Baby's first painting - while still in the womb


LETITIA ROWLANDS Every parent knows the joy of hanging their child's first painting on the fridge.

I'm pregnant - keep your hands off


Estelle Erasmus All this "flash belly rubbing," as I liked to call it, was wearing on me. It made me feel targeted, vulnerable and grumpy.

I really hated being pregnant


Jamie Goodwin My hate for pregnancy was absolute. I never felt like a wonderful feminine goddess. I felt, at my core, disgusting.

Video shows babies 'singing' to music in the womb

The babies were seen opening their mouths and sticking their tongues out  when hearing the music.

Staff writers A new study has shown that babies may actually be able to hear from as early as 16 weeks – 10 weeks earlier than was commonly thought.

Dad-to-be's tearful reaction to pregnancy news goes viral

Arkell Graves and Dana Griffin-Graves, and right: what Arkell saw inside the oven.

Staff writers After 17 years of trying, this man had given up hope of having a family.

Photos: How babies fit in the womb


Staff writers A gorgeous photo series shows babies in the first hours after their birth - as they were positioned in the womb.

Surprised by five: Perth mum pregnant with quintuplets

Kim's belly at 12 weeks, and her early ultrasound.

LETITIA ROWLANDS "I was lying down, but my legs started shaking and all I could do was laugh, then I asked them to please check again."

Pregnant mum's 'crazy craving' for washing powder

Michaela Martin had no unusual cravings while pregnant with her first child, Averhy, 2.

Siobhan Downes Michaela Martin has never been so enthusiastic about doing the laundry in her life.

No, my pregnancy weight is not up for discussion


Cecile Meier Everyone, from well-meaning friends to work colleagues to middle-aged men, has something to say about my weight.

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5 ideas for telling your partner you're pregnant


JO HARTLEY These ideas can feel just a bit sweeter (no pun intended) than a phone call or a hug.

Second time around: is it really better the devil you know?


JO HARTLEY When I fell pregnant with my second child I was, naturally, very excited. Then it all started to come back to me - and I freaked.

Pregnant Amanda Palmer poses naked for book drive

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Suzi Catchpole It has to be the most original way ever of promoting a children's book donation day.

Shorter women have shorter pregnancies: study


Brady Dennis When a group of researchers studied nearly 3500 mothers and their babies, they noticed a curious pattern.

'Preggophile' groups stealing women's bump photos


LETITIA ROWLANDS Pregnant women have been warned to be careful about where they share pictures of their growing bellies after a number of bump shots have been stolen and shared in "preggofile" fetish groups.

Toddler learns he can't always get what he wants


Every parent knows that "no" is a toddler's favourite word.

When you're carrying small


EVELYN LEWIN Just like every body is different, every pregnant body is different.

Dad announces pregnancy to wife

Sam Rader broke his wife's pregnancy news to her.

LETITIA ROWLANDS It is not often a dad gets to break the news to his wife that they are expecting a baby.

Advice people won't give you (but probably should) in your third trimester


Jessica Bartlett These are the 'school of hard knocks' lessons I've learned in my last three months of pregnancy, and I'm sharing them with you – because if not me, then who will?

Why her pregnancy is none of your business - unless she wants it to be


Laura Jackel Pregnancy for many couples is joyful and precious, but direct questioners and curious bystanders need to remember that it can also be traumatising and sad.

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When your pregnancy announcement is met with negativity


JO HARTLEY When we share the news that we're expecting we usually expect a positive response. So what happens when this isn't the case?

Couple reveals pregnancy with epic Britney Spears parody

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Clare Sibthorpe How do you create an original pregnancy announcement and gender reveal? You turn to Britney Spears.

Five ways my second pregnancy is second best


Jessica Bartlett As I roll into the second half of "Pregnancy: The Sequel", here is breakdown of the differences I have found thus far.

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Five lies you tell yourself when you're pregnant


Lauren Dubois You can see it all now: glowing mumma with her gorgeous babe ... you know exactly what you're going to be like. Or perhaps you know exactly what you're not going to be like.


8 tips for hiding your pregnancy


Catherine Rodie There are many reasons a mum-to-be might want to keep her pregnancy news under wraps.

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Blind woman meets unborn son

Feel like a bit of a Friday morning cry fest? This video of a blind woman getting to "see" her unborn baby could leave you a bit teary.

Overdue and over it


Ariane Beeston A watched womb never labours ... or at least mine didn't.

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Double-take maternity photos go viral


Letitia Rowlands Women everywhere would love for their partners to understand what their bodies go through during pregnancy.


Should pregnant women be allowed to use 'parent and child' car parking spots?

Controversial spots: To park or not to park in pregnancy?

JO HARTLEY Is it acceptable to use these car parking spots when pregnant? How many of us would admit to doing it?

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Great maternity jeans

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Looking for a pair of jeans that will get you through pregnancy? Here are 18 pairs we love the look of, from budget to luxe.

How can you go into labour without knowing you're pregnant?

“It’s honestly good that everything is being thrown at me

Lenny Bernstein For most of us, the idea that a woman could carry a child to full-term without knowing she is pregnant is mind-boggling.


Manic stations: the nesting instinct in pregnancy

It might sound like temporary insanity, but nesting as you near your due date isn’t uncommon.

DANIELLE COLLEY It might sound like temporary insanity, but almost obsessive nesting as you near your due date isn’t uncommon – even if you’re not usually a particularly clean person.

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Couple uses group photo trick to announce pregnancy to loved ones

Max Knoblauch Katharine and Kris Camilli devised a clever trick to immortalise their family and friends' reactions to their exciting pregnancy news.

Is it too late to change my midwife?

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Emily Yoffe My wife is nine months pregnant and we are planning a home birth - but we've had late problems with our midwife team.

Making the most of maternity leave

The first weeks of maternity leave are a time to enjoy the calm before the storm.

GREER BERRY One relaxed mum-to-be tells how she plans to spend her days in the last weeks before her baby arrives.

The problem with elaborate pregnancy announcements

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KERRI SACKVILLE These days, it seems that so many expecting parents think, "What’s the point of announcing your pregnancy to your friends off-camera? What's the point of being pregnant if you can’t document every minute online?"

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Pregnancy progression photo ideas

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Want to record your pregnancy as your belly grows? Here are some creative, fun ideas for photo shoots along the way.

When pregnant women are most at risk of car crashes

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Karen Kaplan Pregnancy is not without health risks, and now researchers have identified a new danger: serious car crashes, especially in the second trimester.


Pregnancy essentials for the second and third trimesters


Natalie Feulner So you're through the first trimester of pregnancy - congratulations! Here are some tips for getting through the next six months as comfortably and happily as possible.

The delights of the first trimester

GREER BERRY It's hard to shrug off the effects that major pregnancy hormone changes have on one's body, to just say 'Pregnancy is beautiful and wonderful' and all those things. Because, quite frankly, there are some terrible side effects in this first trimester.

What to wear when you're pregnant

Lisa Lyford Pregnancy can be a magical time ... but it can also be a challenging time to find the right clothes. Here are some tips on buying well for your pregnancy and beyond.

How your baby is learning skills for life in the womb


Nicole Thomson-Pride During pregnancy, your baby does much more than just grow and develop – she’s practicing vital skills to ensure its survival in the big bad world.

53 creative pregnancy announcements

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Announcing that you're expecting can be a time to express your creativity, sense of humour and imagination. Check out how other parents and parents-to-be have broken the news to friends and family.

Perks of being pregnant

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Some talked about and not so talked about perks of being pregnant were shared in our forums. Click through to find out what they were.

Beating baby name anxiety


Donna Webeck For some parents, naming a baby is a challenging but fun process. For others, it just brings anxiety and stress. But there are ways to cope with the indecision and decide on a name you're happy with.

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Weekly Guide to your Pregnancy

Find out what changes are happening to your body and see how your baby is developing each week of your pregnancy.


Due Date Calculator

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

Pregnancy Guide app

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


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.

Chat to other mums

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

Newborn baby found in a nativity scene

Police are trying to trace a woman who abandoned a baby boy in the manger of a church nativity scene.

Life would be harder without my kids

The Humans of New York Facebook page is well known for sharing touching, real stories from one of the world's biggest cities – and it's just hit the heart of parents everywhere.

Mum dresses as Wonder Woman for last day of chemo

A Brisbane mum dressed up as a superhero to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy and created a moment her family will remember forever.

How a raisin can predict a toddler's IQ

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

Former Hi-5 star Tim Harding hopes a cannabis-derived drug will help control his daughter's epilepsy, which sees the four-year-old suffering between 50 and 100 seizures a day.

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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How I survived breast cancer while pregnant

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A grieving father whose wife was killed in the attacks on the Bataclan Theatre last weekend has written an open letter to her killers.

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Despite the smiles, the sloppy kisses and the pure magic children bring to our lives, it's hard to deny that motherhood can be tough.

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Becoming a parent is challenging – and that applies to both mums and dads.

My battle against antenatal and postnatal depression

I was five months pregnant when I realised I needed help.

Children swapped at birth will not be returned to biological parents

A boy and girl accidentally swapped on the day they were born will stay with the families who have raised them, a South African court has ruled.

A quarter of men believe they get 'man periods'

A British study has revealed one in four men believe they have a monthly cycle.

Baby deposit

How much do you need to save for a 'baby deposit'?

It's fairly straightforward to calculate a house deposit, but how much money do you need to save up for a baby?

Dad's beautiful note to his wife, a nurse

To anyone else it might just look like a picture of a mum having a nap with her toddler.

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When his wife Kerryn was not well following the birth of their daughter, NSW Premier Mike Baird buried himself in his work.


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