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
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
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
Magic - A Belly Grows I found this wonderful documentation of pregnancy on Vimeo. Cole is the women in the photos. Cole's husband documented her pregnancy and put together this funny, quirky and fabulous slide show. This an awesome record of pregnancy. I urge you to photograph your pregnancy, it is something that you'll treasure for years to come.
A Nine-Month Miracle By Hannah Dahlen “He who sees things grow from the beginning will have the finest view of them” Aristotle 384-322 BC 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. Pregnancy is usually referred to by midwives and doctors as the number of weeks
Should pregnant and breastfeeding women take Iodine supplements? There have been reports in the media recently linking a lack of Iodine in pregnant and breastfeeding women’s diets to intellectual problems in their children. Several studies have shown a re-emergence of mild to moderate Iodine deficiency in school children, healthy adults and pregnant women. This was identified in Tasmania, Victoria, New South Wales and New Zealand. Over a third of the world’s population live in areas where there is Iodine
Common Questions Pregnant Women Ask By 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
Driving During Pregnancy By 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
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 By 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
List of New Zealand Birth Centres By Jane Palmer The following is comprehensive list of midwifery run birth centres across New Zealand. This list includes primary maternity units located within hospitals and free standing birth centres. New Zealand hosts approximately 60 primary care primary maternity units or birth centres. Gathering contact details is difficult, so I've include the centres that call themselves a birth centre or whose details are available on the Internet. As a result, this list doesn’t
Your options for care during pregnancy and for the birth of your child By Robyn Dempsey So you’ve found out that you’re pregnant. Congratulations! But what now? You need someone to care for you during pregnancy – and someone to support you when having your baby – but who? You’ll also need to think about where, and how, you want to have your baby. Most women might think that the delivery suite at hospital is the only option, but
By Wealth Lane The arrival of a new child can present a whole range of financial challenges. Not only does the household income usually drop, costs generally go up. However, there are several Government benefits available to families with young children which may assist: Paid Parental Leave or the Baby Bonus? After the birth or adoption of a child, many people will have the choice of claiming either Paid Parental Leave or the Baby Bonus. While the Government estimates
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 depends on