Pregnancy and Parenting

Pregnancy and early parenthood trigger a wide range of emotions. During pregnancy (the antenatal period) and in the year following childbirth (the postnatal period), it can sometimes be difficult to know whether your feelings of stress, worry, and anxiety are normal, or whether you are experiencing symptoms of an anxiety disorder.

This booklet aims provides a brief, easy to read introduction to depression during pregnancy (antenatal depression) or following childbirth (postnatal depression).

For many new mothers feeling anxious is more common than feeling blue.

I had a baby four months ago and I have started back at the gym but I have been experiencing a small amount of bladder leakage which is embarrassing. I started wearing pads to the gym but want to know if things will improve?

 With the right planning and support women can continue breastfeeding when returning to work.

The health benefits of breastfeeding are well-documented but there's a lot of practical information many women don't know.

Choosing childcare is one of the most challenging return-to-work tasks for new parents.

Recognising the early signs can help you find out about a pregnancy sooner, which will benefit you in the long run.

Question: I am due to have my first baby and my midwife asked me if I would like to practise delayed cord clamping (DCC) when baby is born. What is DCC and what are the benefits for my baby?

Manufacturer of emergency contraceptive pill warns of effectiveness in overweight women

There are many reasons why women experience difficulty in conceiving. we discuss five common causes.

Question: I have just been diagnosed with gestational diabetes. What does this mean?

The prospective study, published in the journal Diabetes Care, investigated whether an unborn baby experiences overgrowth before a pregnant woman is diagnosed with gestational diabetes.

Despite its effectiveness this contraceptive is not popular in Australia, perhaps due to myths and misconceptions around IUDs.

While new mothers anticipate changes such as sleep deprivation they don't often envision the isolation a new baby can bring.

Question:  My baby is six weeks old and is very unsettled. He is being breastfed and is feeding well and putting on weight. His wees and poos seem fine (no diarrhoea). A good friend suggested his unsettledness might be due to lactose intolerance and advised me that I should eat a lactose-free diet. Is there any point to this?

Pregnant women are routinely warned about Listeria but what is the real risk of this bacteria?

This booklet for new mums provides tips and information about keeping a balance in your life.

Our Health Information Line receives calls and emails from women on a broad range of health issues. This regular column features answers to some of the most commonly asked questions.

Pregnancy places many demands on a woman's body. Ensuring you are as healthy as possible in the preconception period can help with conception, reduce the risk of issues arising during your pregnancy and assist your recovery from birth.

Question: I have just had a baby and developed haemorrhoids during pregnancy. They are really painful, especially when I sit to breastfeed.

We explore the recommendations for weight gain during pregnancy

Question: I am 7 weeks pregnant and experienced a small bleed. My doctor ordered a series of blood tests to measure my hCG levels. What is a hCG level and what number should my level be?

There are many misconceptions around what you can and can’t do in pregnancy. We sort out the facts from the myths.

Question: I am six weeks pregnant with my first baby and when I had my routine blood tests it revealed I was rhesus negative. What does this mean for me and my baby

The study, published in Women and Birth, examined pregnant women’s diets in relation to the Australian Guidelines for Healthy Eating.

Teenage pregnancy is generally defined as a pregnancy in a woman who is 19 years of age or under (1).

Pregnancy is not always a time for glowing. Some women experience an increase in unusual symptoms during this time.

This booklet has been produced for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander mums, aunties and nanas by Women's Health Queensland Wide Inc.

Question: I recently discovered that my 15 year old daughter was on the Pill. She told me that our family doctor prescribed it to her. Are doctors allowed to do this, treat minors without a parent's consent?

Whether travelling for work, a destination wedding or a babymoon, pregnant women should consider these factors before packing their bags.

The arrival of a new baby can make life feel as though it has turned upside down. At this time, maintaining a close physical and emotional bond with your partner can be trickier than expected.

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