Pregnancy and Parenting

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.