Pregnancy, Maternity, Labour and Birth Articles
Our Pregnancy Articles section covers everything from how to work out your fertile period, telling your boss you're pregnant, what baby gear to buy, exercising whilst pregnant, stress during pregnancy, choosing a baby name, how to lose post pregnancy weight and dozens more! Check out our other Pregnancy Information and Resources too.
Pregnant? To buy... or not to buy?
With so many products and choices to choose from,
it can be difficult to decide what you really do and don't need to buy.
Amanda Jephtha from Planning
for Babe writes this objective series to help you decide - with
To buy... or not to buy? Part 1: The Bassinette
From the frou-frou, flouncy bassinettes from the 80s, to the contemporary teepee inspired suspended cradles, bassinettes can be as different as chalk and cheese. But do you actually need one?... read more
To buy... or not to buy?
Part 2: The Change Table
Change tables can morph into bookshelves, chest of drawers or student desks. Some sit atop cots or dressers, whilst others fold out from the wall. But do you actually need one?... read more
To buy... or not to buy?
Part 3: The Baby Bath
From baby baths with stands and shelves, to womb-style tubs and bath supports, baby baths come in all shapes and sizes. But do you actually need one?... read more
To buy... or not to buy? Part 4: The Second Pram
From streamlined ultra-lights perfect for air travel to complicated folding
contraptions, George Jetson style, a second pram can be handy for quick errands
and messy occasions. But do you actually need one?... read more
To buy... or not to buy? Part 5: The High Chair
Fixed. Folding. Table-clamping. Convertible. High chairs cater for every scenario imaginable. So which throne do you actually need?... read more
To buy... or not to buy?
Part 6: The Travel Cot
From nature calls to vibrating mattresses, light shows to side curtains, travel cots have more features than a cinema. But do you actually need one?... read more
More Pregnancy Articles
What is a fertile period?
Women's bodies work in cycles, and they are only able to conceive in one particular part of their cycle, and this part is called their fertile period. The exact length of a fertile period varies between women, and even for one woman at different times in her life... read more
Are You Trying to Conceive?
It's easy to become impatient when trying to conceive. After all, you have one shot per month. In the beginning there are approximately 2 weeks wait for the right time to try and then there are 2 weeks wait to find out the result, by which time if you are not pregnant, the cycle starts again... read more
Top 3 Ways To Conceive A Baby Girl
(And Not a Single Doctor In Sight!)
In this day and age, some people still argue if it is at all possible to choose the gender of your baby. Of course it is possible! Science has found ways to virtually guarantee you the conception of baby of a preferred gender... if you're willing to endure some very invasive medical procedures - and you're able to pay - that is! In this article, however, we're going to talk about completely natural, safe and simple ways to conceive a baby girl! ... read more
How do pregnancy tests work?
Most women know that a pregnancy test requires a urine sample, preferably first thing in the morning. They know that a colour change or new line appearing (depending on the test brand) will mean pregnancy, either wanted or not. But how do these tests work?... read more
Absolute Signs of Pregnancy
Pregnancy is probably the most glorious phenomenon that can ever happen
in a woman. It can also be the most problematic. A woman's body undergoes
drastic changes to accommodate the needs of the developing fetus...
it Safe to Consume Caffeine during Pregnancy and Breast Feeding?
Is caffeine safe during pregnancy? Most experts agree small amounts
of caffeine, which equal to about one to two cups of coffee a day, appears
safe during pregnancy. The safety of larger amounts is questionable...
Folate is a vitamin recommended to be taken by all women who could possibly get pregnant. It reduces the risk of neural tube defects such as spina bifida and anencephaly and is also believed to help prevent other birth defects and illnesses such as heart disease and colon cancer... read more
Acid to the Rescue
Nowadays, it's common knowledge that folic acid is essential to a healthy
pregnancy, but do you know why? This vitamin from the group of B vitamins
is actually responsible for avoiding such problems as spina bifida...
Neural Tube Defects (NTDs)
Within the first four weeks of pregnancy, the embryo forms and closes a neural tube. This tube becomes the spine and brain of the developing child. If the tube doesn't close correctly, the baby is said to have a neural tube defect (NTD). NTDs can be tested for at about 16 - 18 weeks of pregnancy, and most cases are identified using an ultrasound and the triple test... read more
Dealing with Morning Sickness
Morning sickness. It is certainly the first image of new pregnancy in movies and TV shows, and it is a reality for many pregnant women. Not all women experience morning sickness in early pregnancy, and not women stop feeling it after 13 weeks of pregnancy either. Despite its name, women can feel the nausea in the morning, day, evening, night - or all of these times... read more
and Morning Sickness
The toughest bit of the 1st trimester of pregnancy is morning sickness
and any woman who has gone through or is going through it, knows the
first signs usually develop during the month following the first missed
menstrual period... read
Miscarriage is the loss of pregnancy before 24 weeks. It is against
the will of a woman and can cause a lot of grief and tears to her. Most
of the miscarriages take place in the first 12 to 13 weeks... read
Pregnancy Calendar - An Important Record
Pregnancy is a miracle of nature that brings a mother at par with the
creator. It is the happiest and a most exciting moment in the life of
a woman. Of course the sign of pregnancy causes scary and nervous feelings...
Pregnancy Risk Factors That Every Pregnant Woman Should Be Aware Of
Many factors affect the development of a fetus into a healthy child,
some which are beyond your control and others that are within your control.
Here are ten of the most common pregnancy risk factors that can be controlled
or influenced... read more
Have You Considered this type of Nutrition During Pregnancy?
There's usually a flood of advice for pregnant women about what they should and should not eat, in order to ensure their own health and that of the baby. Curiously, you may have overlooked this piece of research about omega 3 fish oils... read more
Effect of Cleaning Supplies During Pregnancy
While most women are aware that they need to stay clear of harsh chemicals while pregnant, they overlook just how toxic their everyday cleaning supplies, perfumes, cosmetics, pesticides and other seemingly safe products can be to their health, their unborn baby and to say the least, the environment... read more
Pregnancy and Oral Health with
When you're pregnant, you know how important it is to take special care of your body. However, you should also know that pregnancy is a time to take extra special care of your teeth and gums. Australian celebrity and expectant mum Toni Pearen is renowned for her great smile and knows the importance of healthy teeth and gums. Toni shares her dental tips with Mum Zone readers... read more
Telling your workplace you’re pregnant
The test was positive and you were excited; it's been hard not telling the world that you are going to have a baby. Perhaps you choose to keep it quiet, at least in some areas of your life, for the first thirteen or so weeks. Or just long enough to tell the Grandparents and close friends first. Whether it's thirteen weeks later, or you've just found out, telling your Boss the good news is often a daunting task... read more
Changes in Pregnancy
Pregnancy is a nine month journey for both you and your baby. During
this time your own body will change, both internally and externally.
During pregnancy the breasts will grow larger under the influence of
hormones. Enormous physical, hormonal and emotional changes take place
during pregnancy... read more
Pilates during pregnancy
So, the million dollar question - 'Should I exercise while I'm pregnant?' The answer my friends is simply - YES, you'd be a fool not to! As you know, when you fall pregnant your body shape starts to change; the boobs get bigger, as does your tummy. Your balance goes out of whack and your lower back begins to curve more, resulting in a postural shift... read more
You Believe Old Wives Tales In Pregnancy?
You are pregnant. There are going to be a lot of changes to your body
and in your day-to-day life over the next nine months. But now is the
time when every woman that has ever been pregnant will be more than
willing to give you advice... read
and Exercising - Reasons to Exercise During Pregnancy
Everyone knows that exercise is good for your health. Exercising during
pregnancy can have additional benefits. Generally, exercise should be
light, especially during the first few weeks of pregnancy while your
body adjusts to the changes... read
the Perfect Maternity Wardrobe
"I have nothing to wear!" Heard this before from a new mother?
After putting in much time and effort into planning their maternity
wardrobe, many new mums suddenly discover they have nothing to wear
after their baby arrives!... read
The Heat When You're Pregnant In Summer
The heat in the summertime can be quite unbearable for the average person.
When you are pregnant, the discomfort increases tenfold. Learn how to
beat the heat and stay safe while you are pregnant... read
Helpful Heartburn Tips for the Pregnant Woman
A woman's body goes through a lot of different changes during pregnancy and some of these changes can cause the repeated occurrence of heartburn. If you've never had heartburn before, you may have it a lot during pregnancy... read more
Secret Singlet Business
I dreamed of little singlets, blindingly white, all lined up in a row with matching wooden pegs on the line. These tiny garments, embraced by the sun and smelling like the breeze, would keep my baby's rounded body warm all day long.
Welcome to reality. Babies move. And babies get picked up... read more
During Pregnancy - Pregnancy and Stress
As a psychologist friend of mine once told me if you don't feel stress
in your life you're not paying attention. Everyone experiences stress,
even pregnant women. What is not clear, however, is whether stress can
have harmful affects on pregnancy... read
The connection between meditation and motherhood isn't always obvious. During pregnancy women are intimately connected to their babies, body and mind. The potential to be 'in tune' with the strengthening life within is often a powerful catalyst in a woman's life, motivating her to explore her inner or spiritual world as she begins the journey into motherhood... read more
Dads are new parents, too
When talking about pregnancy and new babies, people tend to think of the new Mother and somewhat forget that Dads are also new parents. Obviously, there are aspects of becoming a parent that men are excluded from, such as actually being pregnant, giving birth and breastfeeding, but all other aspects of parenting can affect either parent... read more
Choosing a baby's name
Having a baby is exciting. Once the child is born, you’ll be faced with a number of questions - is it a boy or a girl, how big was it and what is the baby's name. You may not have a lot of say in the gender or size of your baby, but the name is totally up to you and your partner. And it is a big decision to make for someone else... read more
A Simple Method for Choosing the Perfect Name for Your New Baby
A person's name is something they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. Selecting a baby's name is an important, but often difficult decision for many parents. Follow our guide for a simple process in selecting your baby's name... read more
Names - Choosing Trendy or Traditional
Lists of baby names are always fun to look at, whether you're seeking
a name for your soon-to-be-born baby boy or baby girl, wondering about
the popularity of your own first name, or just curious about what baby
names are currently hot... read
Your Children Name the New Baby
Choosing a baby name is an important job, so make your children feel
important by letting them help you name the new baby. After all, you're
not the only one who's having a baby - your whole family is!... read more
- Maternity Bras and Nursing Bras
For successful breastfeeding you should buy the best nursing for you.
Breastfeeding a baby - especially outside of the home - can be difficult
at the best of times, so it's worth spending a little time and thought
before you buy the nursing bra that is right for you... read
During Pregnancy - The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
Are you pregnant? Has your doctor told you to get moving in some
way, to do some sort of exercise? Exercise can either be your best friend
or your worst enemy... read
during Pregnancy - Stop Thinking and Go to Sleep
If you're exhausted during the day and can't wait to go to sleep at
night, insomnia during pregnancy may be what's causing the problem.
Often, you'll find yourself resting for a few hours at night to only
wake back up and not be able to fall back asleep... read
Natural Pain Relief in Labour Begins in Pregnancy
For some women, the risks and side effects of pharmaceutical pain relief during labour is a big concern. Other women believe that the symptoms of labour pain are correlated to the bonding process. Whatever your belief, there are natural pain relief techniques, and they are effective for coping with labour pain... read more
Epidurals: real risk for mother and baby
Epidural pain relief is an increasingly popular choice for Australian women in the labour ward. Up to one-third of all birthing women have an epidural, and it is especially common amongst women having their first babies. For women giving birth by caesarean section, epidurals are certainly a great alternative to general anaesthetic, allowing women to see their baby being born, and to hold and breastfeed at an early stage: however their use as a part of a normal vaginal birth is more questionable... read more
You're pregnant and there's nothing you wouldn't do to make sure that
your pregnancy goes off without a hitch, even if that means you have
to cut down on your favourite foods and drinks in order to control your
overall pregnancy weight gain... read
the Signs and Symptoms of Preterm Labour
Full term pregnancy is 37 weeks. If you go into labour before 37 completed
weeks of pregnancy, this is preterm or premature labour and too early
for your baby to be born. Preterm or premature babies have a higher
risk for lifelong or life-threatening health problems... read
You are truly ecstatic about the impending birth of your baby. But,
deep down, you are also grappling with fears regarding your new status
as a father. Understandably, you are not quite comfortable discussing
these issues with anyone... read
Beware! - What You Need to Know Before you Buy Baby Clothes
You are expecting a baby! There are few events in your life that will
be as profoundly sacred and joyous as the day you welcome your new bundle
of joy into your family. Like millions of parents to-be, you have probably
spent months in thoughtful preparation to assure your little one has
the best of everything... read
Baby Nursery Feng Shui: Create a Space Full of Health, Harmony and Happiness
Imagine creating a space within your home for your baby to grow and develop while being healthy and at peace. I've consulted on many nurseries for existing and expecting parents. Here are 9 tips to consider when creating a nursery for the new baby... read more
kind of furniture should you buy for your baby?
Babies are a joy for all. The arrival of a baby is looked forward to
with great anticipation and nervousness. And like grown ups they also
need furniture for a more comfortable life. But a baby's world is so
different from an adult's, which makes the adults a little unsure about
what to buy for the baby... read
Nursery Decor and Baby Gifts
Baby Nursery Decor Ideas for a Fabulous Nursery - Our practical nursery
decor ideas will help make your newborn's homecoming a wonderful experience...
Loss After Pregnancy: Advice and Information
If you are pregnant or have just given birth, hair loss after pregnancy
is a concern to many women. However, like most changes during pregnancy,
it is a temporary problem you will face. And there is no need to worry
that you are a lone ranger... read
How to Get Your Children Excited About the New Arrival
The sudden appearance of a new baby can be rough on the other children
in the family. Daily routines are disrupted and suddenly mum and dad
are too busy to pay attention to older siblings... read
Preparing your Perineum for Childbirth - avoid that Episiotomy!
Your perineum is the area that takes a fair bit of stretching in childbirth, to accommodate your baby.
It is said that the perineum is designed to stretch and accommodate a baby, however, certain situations can make it more prone to tearing or grazing... read more
Eclampsia - Frequently Asked Questions
Pre Eclampsia is an illness, which only occurs in pregnancy. Indeed,
it is the most common serious medical disorder of human pregnancy...
What to Expect at Time of Labour
As your due date approaches you may become anxious and want to know
about what to expect as signs of labour. I know this was on my mind a
lot. I often wondered how I will know "when" to go to the
hospital... read more
- How Important Is It? (Parenting
Years ago, perhaps when you were a child, breastfeeding was not very
popular. Breastfeeding was not encouraged as it is in todays society.
Doctors didn't fully grasp how important and beneficial it is for a
newborn baby... read
Healing from the Pain of Birth
Approaching healing after birth naturally will ensure that you are treating your body and your baby with respect and kindness, just what you need when you are not yet feeling one hundred percent. Statistics show that post birth can be a challenging time for new mothers both physically and mentally, and there is increasing interest in specific herbs that have been used for centuries after birth with great efficacy... read more
Loss for After Pregnancy
Right, so you've had a baby, and you're distressingly aware of the extra
weight you've gained, which just didn't seem to melt off at the time
of birth. This is very natural and you can look to have retained about
4-7 kilograms of your pregnancy weight... read
Home Baby: Tips for Preparing the Expecting
The moment finally arrives; you are now officially a mother. All of
that morning sickness, pain, and anxiety of giving birth is finally
over. Your baby is in your arms and is looking right into your eyes...
Do I Know If I Have The Baby Blues? (Parenting
What is Postpartum Depression? When depression occurs after pregnancy
it is called postpartum depression, peripartum depression and sometimes
is more commonly known as "baby blues" After pregnancy, the
many hormonal changes occurring within a woman's body may trigger symptoms
of depression... read
What is Post Natal Depression (PND)?
Post Natal Depression, or PND as it is commonly known, is not well understood by those who have not experienced it. It is a genuine illness that mothers can't just 'snap out of'. Statistics vary, but it is commonly thought that about 14% of Mothers experience PND... read more
I first came across this term a few years ago reading one of the many baby care books around. Little did I know I would come to know very well just what that term means! Basically Irish Twins are not twins at all, but siblings born within 12 months of each other. The exact date of the term origin is not known, but it was originally a derogatory term, referring to the stereotypical fertility of Irish Catholic families, who traditionally do not use birth control, and therefore tended to have children in very quick succession... read more
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