HealthAgenda

Pregnancy & Birth

Planning for pregnancy

Starting a family is an exciting time in your life. Here’s what you should know before you try to conceive.

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Pregnancy and birth: public vs private

Find out the difference between going public and private for pregnancy and birth.

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Back to basics: conception

Getting to know your cycle is essential when trying to have a baby, with only a small window of opportunity each month. Here’s how to better understand your fertility.

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Infertility and its challenges

When to check in with your doctor if your baby-making plans aren’t going to plan and what to expect in the months ahead.
 
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CHOOSING PREGNANCY ALONE OR AS A SAME-SEX COUPLE

There’s plenty of help and support for women and same-sex couples interested in starting a family.

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WHAT IT’S LIKE TO GO THROUGH IVF

For would-be parents trying to get pregnant, the expense and stress of IVF can be emotional and overwhelming.

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You’re pregnant! Now what?

What you need to know during those early days of pregnancy.

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UNPLANNED PREGNANCY

Understanding your options if you’re confronted with an unintended pregnancy.

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COPING WITH MISCARRIAGE

Losing a baby is heartbreaking. So common and yet so little talked about. It’s important to have the basic facts and to know where to get help.

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Choosing your pregnancy healthcare team

When you’re newly pregnant you’ll need to make decisions about your care during your pregnancy and for the birth. Here’s how it works. 

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TESTS IN PREGNANCY: WHAT TO EXPECT

This guide will help you understand what to expect with each medical test in pregnancy, when you’ll be tested and how to prepare.

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CAN I EAT THIS? A GUIDE TO PREGNANCY NUTRITION

We find out what you can eat and drink – and what you should avoid – during pregnancy.

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EXERCISING DURING PREGNANCY: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Exercising during pregnancy is good for you and your baby, but what type is best, how much and what should you avoid?

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11 WAYS YOUR BODY CAN CHANGE DURING PREGNANCY

Your body goes through many changes during this time. We find out what’s normal, what’s not – and when to seek medical advice.

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PREGNANCY WARNING SIGNS

You’ll experience lots of changes to your body during pregnancy. Here are some signs to watch out for, telling you it’s time to see your doctor.

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PREGNANCY: A PARTNER’S PERSPECTIVE

What can you expect when your partner is expecting? We get some expert advice – plus firsthand insights – on how to prepare for the many different emotions you’ll both face.

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How to prepare for childbirth

Getting your body and mind ready for labour will help you feel more prepared. We ask a midwife for her tips on preparing for birth.

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HOW TO PREPARE YOUR KIDS FOR A NEW BABY

Mums share their tips on how they introduced their new baby to their kids.

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YOUR PAIN RELIEF OPTIONS DURING LABOUR

How to manage the pain while giving birth, from natural painkillers to epidurals.

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PREMATURE BIRTH: WHEN BABY ARRIVES EARLY

Here’s what you need to know if your baby is born ahead of schedule.

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The first weeks with your newborn

Bringing home your baby is an exciting time but can also come with a dose of apprehension and plenty of challenges. Here are some tips on what to expect.

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PRE AND POSTNATAL DEPRESSION: WHEN TO SEEK HELP

How to spot the signs of perinatal anxiety or depression, and what to do about it.

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CAN MEN GET POSTNATAL DEPRESSION TOO?

How to know if you, or a loved one, are suffering from depression or anxiety after becoming a father.

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YOUR BODY AFTER BIRTH

There are many body changes you might experience after carrying and having a baby. Here are some of the most common postnatal challenges and tips for moving forward.

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THE SILENT STRUGGLE: INCONTINENCE DURING AND AFTER PREGNANCY

What does pregnancy and postpartum incontinence involve and are you at risk?

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NAVIGATING PARENTHOOD PODCAST

Becoming a parent can be both the greatest and hardest thing you’ll experience. Listen to parents share their real stories – the joys and stress, the advice and insight in our new podcast.

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