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Be prepared to be misinterpreted, taken out of context and straight up misquoted.

Lauren Dubois 4:19pm If you've ever spoken to a pregnant woman, you'll know that rational thought isn't always present. Reason and common sense has gone the way of her waistline. Long gone.

Is the latest advice on women and drinking over the top?

Women have been advised to stop drinking alcohol before they conceive.

EVELYN LEWIN While most expectant mums know to stop drinking when they’re pregnant, experts now warn women should stop drinking earlier than that. Is this necessary?

Perks of being pregnant

Perks of pregnancy

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.


Babies"R"Us big sale for little ones

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Babies"R"Us has everything you need to help you choose the right product for your baby and your lifestyle. With 33 stores across Australia there’s a Babies"R"Us close by, so call in or visit us online today. (Sponsored gallery)

Beachside maternity shoot ends in best photobomb ever

The series shows the dolphin jumping behind the mum-to-be.

LETITIA ROWLANDS He thought he would simply take a beautiful photo of his pregnant wife next to the ocean.

Pregnancy progression photo ideas

Chalk & looking down

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


When only one parent wants to know the gender

It can be tricky if one parent wants to know their unborn baby's gender and the other doesn't.

EVELYN LEWIN For some couples you either both want to know the gender of your unborn baby, or you don't. For others, it's not that simple.

Funny ultrasound pictures

A cat?

It's called pareidolia - when the brain makes an image or pattern appear where there isn't really one. But the scientific reason doesn't make these scans any less surprising or amusing!


Baby dances, yawns, scratches and waves during ultrasound


LETITIA ROWLANDS All excited parents-to-be arrive at ultrasound appointments hoping to get a glimpse of what their growing baby is up to inside the womb.

Emotional moment for deaf dad-to-be

David finds out the news.

Staff writers When Brittany Welch found out she was expecting a baby, she was determined to share the news with her husband in a special way.

Watch how your baby's face forms in the womb

Some of the stages of development.

Staff writers Ever wondered why humans have that vertical groove between the top lip and nose?

The womb is not so sterile after all

Not so sterile: A baby in the womb.

Staff writers For decades it was thought the womb provided a sterile environment in which an unborn baby was protected from germs until developed its own immune system.

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


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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.

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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.

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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.

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Chat to other mums

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

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Bonds and Disney fans with babies to buy for will be celebrating this news. Bonds and Disney have just released collaboration Wondersuits.

Perth hospital mistakes cancerous tumour for "behavioural issues"

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Piano playing dad soothes son to sleep in moments

There's nothing more frustrating, or distressing to a parent than a sick child who can't  - or won't got to sleep. 

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When your partner misses the birth

While no one wants their partner to miss their baby’s birth, it can happen. Here’s what to do if you find yourself in that situation.

Motherhood challenge: smug or just a bit of fun?

The #motherhoodchallenge sounds harmless, doesn't it? Some women disagree.

Who's the mum? Family photo goes viral

Last year, it was "The Dress". This year, it is a family photo that is breaking the internet.

5 easy meditation practices for beginners

So who's with me? You know meditating is one of the best things you can possibly do for yourself.

Woman to go on trial for being a bad housewife

An Italian woman could face up to six years in jail after her husband accused her of not doing enough cooking and cleaning at home.

Is the latest advice on women and drinking over the top?

While most expectant mums know to stop drinking when they’re pregnant, experts now warn women should stop drinking earlier than that. Is this necessary?

How household chores can double as a workout

If there's less than a slim chance you'll find time to get out for a jog or to hit the gym today, take heart in knowing that household chores contribute to the calorie equation.

I have no idea what I'm doing - and that's okay

Why don't we talk about the fact that when everything goes right, we may still feel completely lost, and certain that we have failed?

Dad warns of hair tourniquet danger after baby almost loses toe

A shocked father has shared his family's experience in a bid to warn other parents about the dangers of hair becoming entangled around a baby's toe.

Town welcomes first baby in 28 years

Since the 1980s, the Italian town of Ostana had not seen the birth of a single baby.

How to start teaching your kids road safety

It's something that can be taught as early as possible and reinforced as they get older and more mobile - even from toddlerhood.

Just announced: Bugaboo Cameleon³ Classic+ Collection update

Meet the brand new understated chic model from Bugaboo.

The emotional moment a mum hears her late son's heartbeat

It's been two and a half years since Heather Clark's seven-month-old son Lukas passed away.

Nine reasons why you have 'brain fog'

One minute your productivity is skyrocketing and the next you're sitting there trying to focus – just like that you draw blank, your brain, mush.

I had a caesarean and it was beautiful

Guess what? Despite not pushing him out, I cried, and my heart skipped, and I felt the rush of love and pride when I saw him for the first time.

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