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Many of us have been there... a surprise pregnancy that left us in a panic about what we drank before we knew. What can you do?
Are you making these pregnancy blunders? Here's 10 big pregnancy blunders you should avoid making.
What things didn't your mother tell you about pregnancy? Plenty, apparently! Here's 10 to get you started.
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.
Pregnant mamma bucket list: make sure you get around to doing these 11 things before you give birth!
WARNING: Do NOT say these 11 things to a pregnant woman. Don't say I didn't warn you - beware the wrath of a pregnant woman!!!
What 11 things do women swear they wont do when they are pregnant, but do anyway? Find out here!
There's no doubt that some things get easier in pregnancy - getting a seat for example. But here are 14 things that actually get harder.
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.
If you're a partner of a pregnant woman, here are 16 things pregnant women really, really want you to know.
Being pregnant - there's the aches, pains, tiredness and morning sickness... but there is also these 36 awesome things about being pregnant!
Full term pregnancy is up to 42 weeks of pregnancy - there are risks if baby is born too early. Here are 40 reasons to give your baby 40 weeks or more of pregnancy.
Can't decide if you should find out the sex of your baby? Here are 8 reasons why some women decide to wait before finding out their baby's sex.
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? Here are some great suggestions to help you manage and treat acne and pimples while pregnant.
Alcohol during pregnancy - just how much alcohol is safe? Find out what Dr. Thomas Hale, the leading expert in perinatal pharmacology and the use of medications, has to say about alcohol in pregnancy.
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. Here's how to get off on the best start with your breastfeeding journey.
These awkward pregnancy photos will really make you cringe. You wont know whether you should laugh or cry with these 28 awkward pregnancy photos.
A list of baby boy names. If you are looking for boys names, be sure to check out our baby name list!
Baby formula is considered by many to be the second best food for a baby. But here's what baby formula makers don't want you to know.
A list of baby girl names. If you are looking for girls names, be sure to check out our baby name list!
Baby shower games that are lots of fun! If you're planning a baby shower, be sure to print off this list of 9 really fun games!
Baby shower ideas that make for a fun, memorable baby shower! Check out these 9 awesome ideas which will ensure everyone has a great time.
Been prescribed bedrest in pregnancy? Don't despair, here are 14 great tips to help get you through.
Bleeding after sex during pregnancy can be pretty frightening. Find out why you may have spotting or bleeding after sex while pregnant.
Bleeding during pregnancy can be very scary, but it doesn't always mean you're having a miscarriage. Here are 6 causes of bleeding during pregnancy.
Blessingways are gaining in popularity in Australia. Find out how a blessingway is different to a baby shower and why pregnant women love them so much.
Worried that you don't feel bonded to your unborn baby? Here are 12 great tips for bonding and some fabulous advice from mothers.
Am I having a boy or girl? Many pregnant women love to try and work out if they are having a boy or girl - here are 20 old wives tales.
Breakthrough bleeding is one of several reasons you may be bleeding during pregnancy. Find out about breakthrough bleeding.
Breast changes can be some of the earliest signs of pregnancy. Here are 7 of the most common breast changes you may experience during pregnancy.
Carpal tunnel syndrome results in pain, numbness and tingling in the hands and fingers. 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.
Is it safe to colour your hair during pregnancy? What about foils? Here's some useful information, as well as a few different hair colouring options available to you.
Constipation is common during pregnancy - here are 11 safe, quick fix remedies to help with constipation during pregnancy.
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.
Pregnant? Or *think* you might be pregnant? Early pregnancy symptoms can appear before you even miss your period. Find out the very first, earliest pregnancy symptoms BellyBelly members noticed.
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.
Its common to hear men hoping for sons and women hoping for daughters... but could there be an unconscious reason behind how comfortable (or uncomfortable) we feel about each gender?
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.
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.
Everyone wants to know how to get rid of stretch marks! Find out what you need to know about stretch marks.
Internal exams are often performed on women during pregnancy and labour. Are internal exams really necessary?
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.
Taking a maternity hospital tour? Here's a list of 15 questions you might like to ask when choosing the right maternity hospital for you.
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 serious problems in pregnancy, including recurrent loss, preeclampsia and infertility. 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.
Not all women enjoy pregnancy - and for some, its seriously tough. Here are 8 tips to help you if you're not enjoying pregnancy.
A nursing bra (also known as a maternity bra) should be fitted during pregnancy. When should you get a nursing bra? Read on...
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. Here are 11 MUST ask questions which will help you find the right obstetrician for you.
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.
Expecting a new baby? Life will be different, but remember that your pet's world will be turned upside down too! Find out how to best prepare your pets for the arrival of your new baby.
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.
We've all heard about postnatal depression - 1 in 7 Australian mothers are diagnosed with PND. Here are 8 important tips you need to know before you have your baby.
Postnatal depression has been 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, here's an interesting insight into the Chinese medicine approach.
Preeclampsia is a serious medical complication of pregnancy, which can harm both mother and baby. Find out early warning signs of pre-eclampsia that you need to be aware of.
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.
Suffering from pregnancy fatigue? Here are 14 ways to help combat pregnancy fatigue, but quick.... before... zzzz....
There are SO many pregnancy myths out there. We bust 10 of the biggest pregnancy myths that keep popping up.
Pregnancy photography can make you feel gorgeous and glowing - even if you're not feeling it! Here are our 10 great reasons why you should do it!
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, pregnancy can add to it. Here's 10 great tips on how to reduce stress during pregnancy.
Pregnancy symptoms - a comprehensive list of 16 pregnancy symptoms - some which can be found early in pregnancy. Find out what the first signs of pregnancy are.
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.
Pregnancy yoga helps to balance the pregnant body, mind and spirit through relaxation, exercises, postures, breathing and meditation. Find out why prenatal yoga is so good for pregnant women.
Looking for some pregnant belly painting ideas? Or just want to see some beautifully painted pregnant bellies? Here are 25 gorgeous images.
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.
Wondering what health funds cover homebirth and midwifery? Here's a summary of Australian health funds offering cover for homebirth and midwives.
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 - approximately 15% of the population does not have it. If you are pregnant and have rhesus negative blood, here's what you need to know.
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.
Seeing the dentist this pregnancy? Here are some frequently asked questions about dental health and pregnancy.
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 and 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.
If you're single and pregnant, here are 12 helpful tips for coping alone during pregnancy.
Sleeping during pregnancy can frustrating - if you can actually get to sleep, getting comfy is another thing. However, one side is safer to sleep on while pregnant.
Smoking during pregnancy - here are some myths about smoking during pregnancy and some EFFECTIVE ways to stop smoking - for good.
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.
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.
Thrush during pregnancy is unfortunately more likely than before pregnancy. Learn vaginal thrush symptoms and treatments that are safe when you're pregnant.
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 wondered 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.
Find out when the best time to take a pregnancy test is and learn about out how they work.
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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