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Are you making these pregnancy blunders? Here's 10 big pregnancy blunders you should avoid making.
Pregnancy is a wonderful, precious and life-changing... yada yada yada. Ok, well, now that you’re pregnant, you may have noticed that pregnancy is in fact totally and utterly overrated. Here's 10 reasons why.
During pregnancy you might experience all sorts of ailments or side effects. Here's 16 of them - with some suggestions of how you can get relief.
Considering an elective induction? Full term pregnancy is up to 42 weeks of pregnancy, and assuming your due date is actually accurate (it can be up to two weeks out!) induction poses risks for both the mother and baby. Here's 40 reasons to give your baby 40 weeks or more of pregnancy.
Birth education is so important. But like many things, what you pay for is what you get. Find out 9 important reasons why it's worth choosing independent birth education - it really is an investment on your birth experience.
Have acne in pregnancy? Acne or pimples is a frustrating side effect of early pregnancy which can persist for the whole pregnancy for some unlucky mothers-to-be. Here are some great suggestions to help you manage and treat acne and pimples while pregnant.
If you're wondering if you should drink alcohol when pregnant, and if so, how much alcohol is safe in pregnancy, then make sure you read this article, which contains comments from Dr. Thomas Hale, the leading expert in perinatal pharmacology and the use of medications.
An amniocentesis is a prenatal screening test. If your doctor suggests an amniocentesis, here is some information about the procedure and risks.
Preparing for breastfeeding during pregnancy will significantly increase your chances at success. Read on to find out what you need to know during pregnancy to get off on the best start with your breastfeeding journey.
Baby formula is considered by many to be the next best thing for baby, after breastmilk. But there are issues with formula that parents don't know. Here's what formula makers don't want you to know.
Baby shower games that are lots of fun! If you're planning a baby shower, be sure to print off this list of baby shower games, guaranteed to add extra fun at any baby shower.
Baby shower ideas that make for a fun, memorable baby shower! Check out these 7 cool ideas which will ensure everyone has a great time.
Bleeding after sex during pregnancy can be pretty frightening - any form of bleeding during pregnancy can be worrying, but fortunately, this one is quite common and usually harmless. Find out why you may have spotting or bleeding after sex while pregnant.
Bleeding during pregnancy can be a very scary time for a pregnant woman, but it doesn't always mean you could be experiencing a miscarriage. Find out some common reasons behind bleeding in pregnancy.
A blessingway (also known as Mother Blessings) are growing in popularity in Australia, as word spreads amongst mothers to be. Find out what a blessingway is, why it's different to a baby shower and why women love them so much - especially the mother to be!
Boy names on your to-do list? Finding the perfect boy name can be a long and exhausting process full of compromise and negotiation! If you are looking for a name for a baby boy, be sure to check out our boy names list!
Breakthrough bleeding is one of several reasons you may be bleeding during pregnancy. Find out about breakthrough bleeding.
Carpal tunnel syndrome results in pain, numbness and tingling in the hands and fingers. If you think you may have carpal tunnel syndrome, read on to find out the symptoms and treatment for carpal tunnel syndrome.
Chemical pregnancy symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment. Read on to find out more.
Coffee and pregnancy - do they mix? If you want to know if you can drink coffee during pregnancy, read on.
Pregnant and wondering about colouring your hair? Is it safe to colour your hair during pregnancy? What about foils? Is it safe to have foils during pregnancy? Here's some information to help you decide if you'd like to colour your hair during pregnancy, as well as a few different hair colouring options available to you.
Constipation occurs in many women's pregnancies as well as post-birth. Here are some remedies and treatments for constipation.
Chorionic Villus Sampling is a test which involves obtaining a small sample of tissue, the chorionic villi from the developing placenta. The placenta, which has the same chromosome makeup as the baby, may then be examined for genetic, DNA or biochemical abnormalities eg Down Syndrome, Cystic Fibrosis etc.
Depression can become a significant problem for around 10% of pregnant women. Find out what signs and symptoms to look out for which may suggest that you have ante-natal depression.
From the time you discover you are pregnant, you can find yourself the target of ‘helpful’ advice and you may at times have to assert yourself with family, friends and health professionals to get support for your choices around birth and parenting. Find out how you can get the outcome you really need with these great tips from Pinky McKay.
A doula can make a massive difference at birth. What is a doula and what can a doula do for my partner and I? Find out everything you need to know.
Down syndrome occurs due to a chromosomal abnormality present at birth and is the most common cause of intellectual disability. If you're expecting a baby with Down syndrome, here's the first step of help.
An ectopic pregnancy occurs when an embryo attaches itself outside the uterine cavity. Find out ectopic pregnancy symptoms and more.
Essential oils - are they safe to use in pregnancy? If so, which essential oils can I use and what can they do? Find out everything you need to know about essential oil use in pregnancy.
Exercise in pregnancy - is it safe? Finding out that you're pregnant may leave you wondering what you can and can't do when pregnant. Here's the low down on exercise during pregnancy, as well as activities that are safe, and activities to avoid.
Researching the flu vaccine during pregnancy? If you're pregnant and looking for information to help decide if you will get this years flu vaccination, make sure you read this article first!
Worried about flying when pregnant? Here are some guidelines from major airlines in Australia about flying when pregnant.
Gas is one of those embarassing problems during pregnancy, and let's be blunt here - we're talking burping, farting and bloating. Find out the common culprits of burping and farting more in pregnancy, what you can do to get some relief and why you are more prone to gas in pregnancy.
It's a fairly common scenario - dad-to-be dreaming of a son to wrestle with and take to the footy, and mum-to-be dreaming of a daughter to dress up for ballet lessons and do her hair... but could there be an unconscious reason behind how comfortable (or uncomfortable) we feel about each gender? Pinky McKay shares her personal experience with gender dilemmas.
Gender disappointment - tips and advice on how to cope with feelings of gender disappointment. "When I found out Joshua was a boy at the ultrasound I was disappointed - disappointed and he was healthy and growing beautifully! How could I even think it?"
Gender reveal party ideas! If you're interested in finding a fun way to announce your baby's gender, check out these 16 cool ideas!
Genital Herpes doesn't necessarily mean you can't give birth vaginally. Read on to hear about birth options with genital herpes.
Gestational Diabetes occurs during pregnancy and usually goes away after baby is born. Read how gestational diabetes is diagnosed and treated.
Girls names for your baby girl! Finding the perfect name for a baby girl can be a long and exhausting process full of compromise and negotiation! If you are looking for girls names, be sure to check out our baby name list!
Haemorrhoids (piles) can appear during pregnancy, even if you have never had them before. Find out what you can do if you suffer from haemorrhoids or want to prevent them.
So you've decided you'd like a Birth Attendant or Doula to support you for your upcoming birth - congratulations! It's a big step for some couples to decide that they need extra support, but rest assured, this kind of support is one you will be very glad you called upon.
How many weeks pregnant am I? Its the first question many newly pregnant women wonder. This information will help you work it out.
Vaginal or internal exams are often performed on women during pregnancy and labour, which may feel uncomfortable or embarrassing for some women. When are exams really necessary? BellyBelly Midwife Brenda Manning gives us the low down on vaginal exams.
Irritable uterus in pregnancy is another one of those mysterious pregnancy unknowns. There is little study on irritable uterus, and no-one really knows why it occurs. Find out the symptoms of irritable uterus and how it is diagnosed.
Listeria infection or listeriosis, is an illness which can be contracted by eating food contaminated with bacteria known as Listeria monocytogenes. Find out the symptoms to look out for and what you can and can't eat to protect yourself against listeria bacteria.
Low lying placenta may be diagnosed during an ultrasound, meaning the placenta has implanted low, close to your cervix. Low lying placenta is reported in around 5% of pregnancies at the 18-20 week scan. Find out what to expect should you have a low lying placenta.
A maternity bra (also known as a nursing bra) should be fitted during pregnancy. When should you get a maternity bra? Read on...
Miscarriage can have a profound affect on the parents. No matter how early in pregnancy the miscarriage occured, the journey through grief is still needed. A comprehensive article on miscarriage addressing a range of issues.
Mocktail recipes perfect for the pregnant mamma! You don't have to miss out on special drinks at that special event, family bbq or office party - these delicious mocktail recipes will have you wanting more!
MTHFR genetic defects may be responsible for a host of serious problems in pregnancy, including recurrent pregnancy loss, preeclampsia, infertility, Down Syndrome and other serious concerns surrounding pregnancy. How do you know if you have an MTHFR mutation? Read on to find out from the leading MTHFR expert, Dr. Benjamin Lynch.
What is the mucus plug ('the show') in pregnancy? Find out what the mucus plug is and what it does.
No period? You may be curious if you've fallen pregnant. A missed period is one sign of pregnancy, but there may be other reasons behind it. Find out how to tell if your missed period may be pregnancy related or not.
A woman's reproductive role requires special nutritional needs - pregnancy is the most nutritionally demanding period of a woman's life.
An obstetrician is a specialist in birth complications and is one of the main options of maternity care available. Here are 11 MUST ask questions which will help you find the right obstetrician for the job. Includes a FREE downloadable interview form for you to print out!
Old wives tales - we know they're not always true but we love them anyway! There are plenty of old wives tales about the gender of your baby - so if you want to try your luck and see what old wives think your baby will be, read on! Boy or girl - what will it be?!
Optimal fetal positioning involves helping your baby get into the best position for a smoother birth. Find out why position can make a huge difference to the way you labour.
Osteopaths treat women during pregnancy for a wide range of conditions. If you're thinking about seeing an osteopath while pregnant, check out this great article written by the Victorian President of the Osteopathic Association, Clare Gordon.
Paid Parental Leave is available to parents who will be the primary carers of a baby. Find out more about Paid Parental Leave.
Pelvic girdle pain (PGP) in pregnancy can make life very uncomfortable for a pregnant mother-to-be. From hip pain to back pain to pelvic pain, it can literally be a pain in the butt. Find out the symptoms of pelvic girdle pain and tips for pain relief.
If you think that your world has been turned upside-down having a baby, try and understand that your pet's world has completely been turned upside-down too. Find out how to best prepare your pets for the arrival of your bundle of joy.
Placenta previa means 'placenta first' and is a rare condition which occurs in around 0.5% of pregnancies. Find out the grades of placenta previa, symptoms, risk factors and treatments for placenta praevia.
Postnatal depression has been relieved and treated by Chinese medicine practitioners for a very long time. If you'd like to find out how Chinese medicine can help you prevent or treat postnatal depression, BellyBelly contributor and Chinese medicine practitioner, Peter Loupelis, offers this interesting insight into how Chinese medicine approaches depression.
Yoga is a system of techniques for balancing the body, mind and spirit through relaxation, exercises, postures, breathing and meditation. As well as these four basic areas, Integral Yoga also addresses lifestyle issues such as diet, home and work environments, and relationships.
Pre-eclampsia is the most common serious medical disorder of human pregnancy, which can affect both mother and baby. Pre-eclampsia usually arises during the second half of pregnancy and can even occur some days after birth. Find out early warning signs of pre-eclampsia you need to be aware of.
Close to 100 per cent of pregnant women choose to have an ultrasound to check for major physical abnormalities at 18 to 20 weeks, which is the most common and most obvious form of prenatal diagnosis.
Pregnancy books which will give you comprehensive, easy to understand information. Here's BellyBelly's best pregnancy books list.
Pregnancy calculator with adjustable cycle length and luteal phase. Our advanced pregnancy due date calculator will give you an estimated date for your baby's birth.
Pregnancy photography done beautifully can make you feel gorgeous and glowing - even if you're not feeling it. That's just one of many reasons why it's worth getting a pregnancy photography session, which you can get done on your own, with your partner or family. Find out what our 10 great reasons are - and make up your own mind!
Pregnancy stages: find out what happens and what to expect during the main stages of pregnancy in this great summary.
Stress in pregnancy - just when you thought you had enough stress to deal with - an endless to-do list, exhaustion, aches and pains and just to add to the fun, the family has decided to have a great big biffo. You may be concerned about the effects of stress on your baby too. Here's 10 great tips on how to reduce stress during pregnancy.
Pregnancy symptoms can be many or few and can begin very early in pregnancy. Find out what the earliest, first pregnancy symptoms are.
Pregnancy test FAQ's - find out how to get the best out of your pregnancy test and learn about out how they work.
Pregnancy tickers to countdown to your baby's birth! Our cute pregnancy tickers may be used on forums, websites and anywhere you want to share your pregnancy countdown!
Pregnancy week by week! Find out what happens each week in the first trimester of pregnancy, week by week.
Pregnancy weight gain - what is normal and what is excessive pregnancy weight gain? Find out here.
Pregnant? Or *think* you might be pregnant? Early pregnancy symptoms can appear before you even miss your period. While a missed period is generally known as the first thing that can signal that you're pregnant, there are many early pregnancy symptoms or signs which you may be able to spot earlier, if you know what you're looking for! Find out the very first, earliest pregnancy symptoms BellyBelly members noticed.
We've all heard about PND - you may even think, 'Ah, but it wont happen to me, i'm so happy, i'm having a baby!'. Yet 1 in 7 Australian mothers are diagnosed with PND. Here are 8 important tips you need to know NOW.
This article is a summary of what different Australian Health Funds offer in terms of Private Midwifery (hiring your own midwife) / Homebirth cover. The details are believed to be correct at the time of writing; however they may change from time to time and I will endevour to keep them updated as I become notified.
Private, public or home - what will you choose? Choosing where to have your baby can be very confusing, with options of going through a private hospital, a public hospital, birth centre or birth at home. We compare the different options including pros and cons to help you make your own decision.
Red raspberry leaf tea (also in tablet form) is derived from red raspberry leaves and has been used as a uterine tonic in pregnancy for thousands of years. Find out the benefits of red raspberry leaf tea.
Rhesus (rh) factor is substance found in blood. While most of the population has rhesus factor in their blood, approximately 15% of the population does not. If you are pregnant and have rh negative blood, there are some things you might like to know if your partner has rhesus positive blood.
Sciatica in pregnancy. Do you have pain or tingling in your lower back which radiates down your legs? You may have sciatica. Find out how to treat sciatica in pregnancy.
A healthy body is a privilege and certainly important for a successful pregnancy. Healthy teeth and gums are no exception and a lack of health in this area may lead to problems for you and your baby.
Sex toys during pregnancy - are they safe to use? If you're wondering if you should use sex toys or not while you are pregnant, read on to find out all you need to know about sex toys and pregnancy.
Shortness of breath in pregnancy can be annoying, especially when it hits you doing very simple things - talking on the phone, walking around the block, climbing a few stairs - you may start to wonder if you've suddenly become very unfit or put on too many kilos! But shortness of breath comes with being pregnant - find out why.
There is no safe level of smoking in pregnancy, with the risks potentially fatal. But it's not too late to quit, no matter how pregnant you are. An information packed article from Quit Victoria dispels the myths surrounding smoking and pregnancy and has some great advice for those who are pregnant and want to quit.
Rib pain or soreness during pregnancy can be very uncomfortable. Find out what makes ribs sore and what you can do to get relief from sore ribs.
Stretch marks are very common during or after pregnancy - and everyone wants to know how to get rid of stretch marks!
Tea during pregnancy can be very safe and beneficial - but there are some teas you need to avoid altogether. Find out what teas are safe to drink and what to avoid.
Sleeping during pregnancy can be hard enough - if you can actually get to sleep, getting comfy is another thing. On top of that, there is the consideration of the best position for sleeping while pregnant. So which side should you sleep on? And why is it so important? Read on to find out.
Thrush during pregnancy is unfortunately more common than when you're not pregnant. Here are vaginal thrush symptoms to look out for and both conventional and natural thrush treatments that are safe during pregnancy.
Long before we decide to have children, most of us have probably fantasised to some degree about the time when we actually do decide to become pregnant, and how special and magical that might be. However, what happens when we fall pregnant at a time which isn't as magical and as special as we hoped?
Waxing while pregnant couldn't possibly be as bad as labour, right? As someone who had never waxed, I became nervous as I pondered the thought - I even started to envisage the wax as a 15 minute appointment with a drug-free labour, but hoped for much better! I wonder if I screamed loud enough, they would let me have an epidural?
When you first fall pregnant, one of the things you might be wondering is when you start to get that nice, round belly that we associate with pregnancy - it doesn't happen right away! So when might you be noticeably pregnant? Read on to find out!
When does morning sickness start? Does no morning sickness mean that something is wrong? Find out here.
As most maternity care in Australia is provided within a medical/hospital framework, understanding models of care will help you to make informed choices about your pregnancy and birth. The model of care that you choose in pregnancy may have an impact on the options and choices that are subsequently available to you during childbirth.
If you plan to birth your baby in a hospital, then choosing a Baby Friendly accredited hospital means that you have a better chance of establishing breastfeeding successfully and going on to exclusively breastfeed your baby for a longer period of time.
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