Pregnancy is a special experience whether this is your first baby or you’ve been pregnant before. The feelings you experience can, however, be a little overwhelming. You may experience anything from joy to ambivalence, or even fear. Suddenly, you’re faced with the reality that your body is about to undergo profound changes. A baby is going to take shape inside you, and you’re going to be their parent. You can take positive steps to help prepare yourself for what lies ahead by reading our pregnancy information section.
You’ll want to know all about the changes happening to your body and the growing life inside you. Our pregnancy information section aims to help you understand and enjoy your pregnancy. Here you’ll find lots of information, support and advice.
- How can I get answers to common questions about pregnancy?
- What should I bring to the hospital with me?
- What can I do if I am overdue?
These are just a few questions to which you may want to know answers. We’ve answered these and many more. If you can’t find an answer to your question here, you can ask our expert midwife in our community forum.
Pregnancy Information Articles
Adrian Baker – Pregnancy and Birth Artist
Nothing is more beautiful than a pregnant woman, and nothing is more awe inspiring than a woman giving birth. Painting is an ideal way to capture and portray this very special time in a woman’s life.
How to use the Holo Lilo in pregnancy
All the useful information for how to use your Holo Lilo during pregnancy.
Online Conversations about Smoking in Pregnancy
"Most women started using pregnancy forums for information, support and advice, often for reasons unrelated to smoking or quitting. Women spoke about wanting to read about other women’s experiences of pregnancy and gaining a sense of support during and after pregnancy."
Pregnancy Changes Women's Feet
"A new study published in the March 2013 edition of the American Journal of Physical Rehabilitation and Medicine shows that pregnancy may permanently change a woman’s feet." This article by Oliver Fawcett explains changes to women's feet during pregnancy and provides some helpful ways to deal with these changes.
Pregnancy After 35
"Generally speaking you probably don’t have to go very far to find a woman who has given birth to a child after 35. The age at which women in Australia will have their first baby is increasing as many couple choose to achieve other goals first." This article by Yvette Barton gives all the facts and details on conception and pregnancy after 35.
Testing Times: Facing the Odds of a Less than Perfect Outcome
"When faced with the news of my seventh pregnancy and eighth child, I was surprised but excited. I knew our work-load would increase, but I was still happy." This article tells the inspiring story of Justine Caines and the birth of her eighth child.
Pregnancy, Birth and the New Sibling
"When we are pregnant with No. 2 (plus) it is normal to feel worried: will I have enough love? How will my older children cope? Do I want them present at the birth? How can I prepare them for the changes that will inevitably happen?" Catherine Bells answers these questions and gives her ten tips for pregnancy after the first child.
Celebrity Pregnancy Mythbusters
Will she have a caesarean or a home birth? Will her parents be there? Is she too old to be doing this at 40? Has she got a baby bump … and then that wicked, unspoken thought — will she get stretch marks like the rest of us mere mortals?
Flying During Pregnancy
"A common question asked of midwives and doctors by pregnant women is whether flying during pregnancy is safe." This article provides an answer to this question as well as an in depth look into the risks involved with flying while pregnant.
Stretch marks are an almost inevitable part of pregnancy, though some women do avoid them. Stretch marks are caused by the skin stretching to accommodate the enlarging uterus and increased weight. Some women probably have some genetic predisposition for stretch marks, and they’re also more common in younger women.
Your options for care during pregnancy and for the birth of your childSo you’ve found out that you’re pregnant. Congratulations! Now it’s time to choose someone to care for you during pregnancy – and someone to support you when having your baby. You’ll also need to think about where, and how, you want to have your baby.
Older Mothers: the good, the bad and the ugly!
As an older mother myself, having just given birth to a baby girl eight weeks before I turned forty, I find myself sensitive to all the expert opinion on the subject. During my pregnancy some of the comments I received made me wonder if I should just book into a retirement home at the same time I booked in for my antenatal care.
Hair Dye in Pregnancy
Among the myriad of questions pregnant woman ask, many ask about the safety of beauty treatments. And perhaps the beauty treatment that raises the most questions and controversy is the use of hair dye in pregnancy.
Driving During Pregnancy
A recent study conducted in Japan on the effect of driving during pregnancy on the baby’s heart rate and mother’s uterus found no adverse influences on either the baby or mother.
My Pregnancy: A Woman's Story
My Pregnancy A woman's story - I've always adored Anne Geddes photographs of newborn babies - the photographs are innovative, compelling and unusual. Anne has now turned her wonderful talent to photographing pregnant women and the results are amazing.
Healthy teeth, healthy mothers, healthy babies
During pregnancy women need to take extra care of their teeth and gums. The changes in their hormones can make women’s gums more susceptible to disease. These hormones can cause gums to become inflamed and bleed. A good routine of dental care, that involves brushing and flossing every day, can help to keep your gums healthy.
Common Questions Pregnant Women Ask
Women ask many different questions throughout their pregnancies, but there are some questions that seem more common. Here are the three questions Dr Hannah Dahlen is asked most often.
A Nine-Month Miracle
From the chaotic stampede of sperm towards the gently rolling ovum, to the amazing growth, development and birth of a tiny, yet perfect human, we indeed witness an awesome miracle. Life begins as union of chance and emerges as a masterpiece.
Babies second time around
“When are you going to have ‘number two’? You’re not going to let her be an only child are you? Don’t you think he needs a brother or sister?” Not only are we eventually asked these questions publicly by well meaning friends and relatives, but also at some point we begin to ask these same questions of ourselves privately as parents.
Magic - A Belly Grows
A wonderful slide show of pregnancy - funny, quirky and fabulous. A great idea you can use to document pregnancy.
Five per cent of babies arrive on the day they are expected. Ideally you should allow two weeks either side of your due date. Giving birth anywhere between 37 to 42 weeks is considered normal.
Smoking in Pregnancy
We are learning more and more these days about the effects of cigarette smoking on pregnancy. For instance did you know that cigarette smoke contains 2000 components? Among these, some of the most harmful for pregnant women and their babies are thought to be nicotine, carbon monoxide and cyanide
Welcome to our teenage pregnancy section. We've created this resource to increase the information available to young women who are pregnant.
What do I take to Hospital?
Often I receive emails from people asking what they should pack to take to the hospital, so I thought it would be helpful to provide a suggested list. Your hospital should provide you with further information. Ideally start gathering items together from about 34 weeks of pregnancy. When you are in labour, having prepared your bag and supplies ahead of time will make your trip to hospital much more relaxing.