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.
Pregnancy Information Articles
Older Mothers: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly! By Hannah Dahlen 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. I even considered the
Hair Dye in Pregnancy By Fer Le Noir, Carlton When a woman discovers she is pregnant, in most cases her natural instinct is to do everything she can to ensure her baby’s safety. As a result, pregnancy raises many questions. Is this safe to eat? Will doing that harm my baby? 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
Babies second time aroundHannah Dahlen“When are you going to have ‘number two’? You’re not going to let her be an only child? Don’t you think she 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.The decision to have more than one child is not an easy one for many parents. Australia’s fertility
Overdue By Jane Palmer When you first see your midwife or doctor they give you a date that your baby is due. Sometimes this date changes during the course of your pregnancy, but mostly it stays the same and women look forward to it with great anticipation. The reality is however that only five per cent of babies arrive on the expected day. Ideally you should allow two weeks either side of your due date. Giving birth anywhere between 37
Smoking in Pregnancy By Jane Palmer We know more and more these days about the effects of cigarette smoking on pregnancy. For instance did you know that cigarette smoke contains 2000 components. Some of the most harmful for pregnant women and their babies is thought to be nicotine, carbon monoxide and cyanide. These substances have been found to cross the placenta and reach the baby. One of the most concerning effects of smoking during pregnancy is that the baby’s growth
What do I take to Hospital? By Jane Palmer Often I receive emails from people asking what they should pack to to go to the hospital, so I thought it would be helpful to provide a suggested list here on my website. Your hospital should provide you with further information. Ideally start gathering items together from about 34 weeks of pregnancy. It makes your trip to hospital when you are in labour much more relaxing if you are prepared
Common Questions Pregnant Women Ask Hannah Dahlen Women ask questions all through their pregnancy but there are some that do seem to come up repeatedly. Here are the three I am asked most often. How big do you think my baby is? It is very common for women to ask how big you think their baby is, particularly towards the end of pregnancy. People seem to consider pregnant women’s bodies as public property and make comments about their size that
Driving During Pregnancy Hannah Dahlen A recent study conducted in Japan on the effect of driving a car in pregnancy on the baby’s heart rate and mother’s uterus found no adverse influences on either the baby or mother. Some women worry that the increased uterine activity they may feel while driving during pregnancy could cause preterm labour. The researchers found, however, that women actually had fewer contractions when sitting in a car than they did when walking. While you
My Pregnancy: A Woman's Story By Jane Palmer 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. These pregnancy photographs go alongside women’s stories of pregnancy, birth and parenting in “My Pregnancy, A Woman’s Story”. This is a heart-warming and compelling quarterly magazine. The magazine is high quality, beautifully presented and makes the perfect gift. I
Healthy Teeth, Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Hannah Dahlen During pregnancy women need to take extra care of their teeth and gums. The changes in the hormones can make women’s gums more susceptible to disease. These hormones can cause gums to become inflamed and to bleed. A good routine of dental care that involves brushing and flossing every day can help to keep your gums healthy. If you have bleeding gums or inflammation make sure you see your dentist early.
Stretch Marks 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. The marks typically appear as pinkish-red streaks along the abdomen and breasts, but they fade to silvery grey or white several months after the birth. Their exact colour
Flying During Pregnancy A common question asked of midwives and doctors by pregnant women is whether flying during pregnancy is safe. For pregnant women, concerns usually centre around the possible effects of flight on the health and well being of their unborn baby, the possibility that the flight may cause preterm labour, and fears of what would happen if an obstetric emergency did occur in flight. The good news is that there is no conclusive research which suggests there is
Celebrity Pregnancy Mythbusters By Hannah Dahlen 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? Why do we love to know these details? What fascinates us about celebrity births? Is it because we're curious about the potential genetic
Pregnancy, Birth and the New SiblingBy Catherine BellWhen 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?Ten Tips for parenting beyond the only child:From early on in your pregnancy, change your sleeping arrangements to mirror the post-birth arrangement. This might mean having your partner do
Testing Times: Facing the Odds of a Less than Perfect Outcome By Justine Caines 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. I also knew many around me would not feel the same, so, despite being very at ease with the prospect of having another child, I decided to conceal the pregnancy. Quite frankly, I did not want the inevitable
Pregnancy After 35 By Yvette Barton 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. Many celebrities have made headlines achieving a successful pregnancy after 40 - Halle Berry (at 41), Nicole Kidman (at 41), Geena Davis (twins at 48) and Kelly Preston
Pregnancy Changes Women's Feet By Oliver Fawcett 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. Professor Neil Segal a researcher at the University of Iowa, heard women discussing changes in their shoe size with pregnancy, but found nothing about the topic in medical journals or textbooks on the subject. So he set out and collected foot posture measurements of 49 women
Online Conversations about Smoking in Pregnancy By Britta Wigginton What was the purpose of our research? We were interested in understanding whether or not women used online pregnancy forums to discuss questions, issues or concerns about smoking during their pregnancy. What did we do? Fifty women completed a survey about using online pregnancy forums while pregnant and smoking. What did we find? This report provides a summary of the survey findings. The results will be of interest to the
Adrian Baker - Pregnancy and Birth ArtistBy Jane PalmerNothing 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. When exploring pregnancy and birth artists I found Adrian Baker featured in Homebirth Access Sydney’s magazine. Adrian is a homebirth mother of three. Here is a bit more about Adrian and some of her work.Artist Statement
Can my wife and I have sex during her pregnancy?Question Asked by Hans24 on our forum:Can my wife and I have sexual intercourse during pregnancy? My wife is on her 4th month now. I really don't know if this question is allowed. But we are seriously concerned to this. Every now and then, my wife sees tiny spots of blood on her underwear after intercourse. Is this because of that? Is this normal? Are we doing something wrong? HansResponses from