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Raise your pain threshold for labour

Your pain threshold can depend on a range of psychological factors like perception, environment and education.

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Five pregnancy myths

We debunk some of the most common pregnancy myths.

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Natural pain relief in labour

There are a number of natural pain relief options to help you cope until you are admitted to hospital in labour.

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Pope: Don't breed like rabbits

Catholics should not feel they have to breed "like rabbits" because of the Church's ban on contraception, Pope Francis says.

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The truth about IVF

From the moment you walk into the doctor's office to get a referral, your sex life will feel like public fodder.

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Unexplained infertility

"So, what we can conclude from all our tests, is that you have what is known as unexplained infertility," explained the doctor. 

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Who is my egg mother?

What is driving increasing numbers of couples overseas for surrogacy - and why should we care?

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Meeting my birth mother

My mother chose not to hold or even see me after I was born, as she knew she wouldn't be able to let me go.

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Coping with a miscarriage

My regular GP wasn't available. Her colleague was cold and clinical, filling in an ultrasound referral while I sobbed, gulping for air like a wounded child.

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Symptoms Morning sickness

Morning sickness, round two

For women who suffered from bad morning sickness in their first pregnancy, can things really be that different the second time around?

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Weekly pregnancy guide

Congratulations, you're pregnant! Find out what's in store for you and your growing baby.

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Don't eat for two

High on the list of questions from expectant mums is: "What should I eat to keep my baby healthy?"

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Pregnant and fighting cancer

Joy turned to devastation for the Gunstons when pregnant Amy was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

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Nesting instincts

Almost obsessive nesting as you near your due date isn't uncommon – even if you're not usually a particularly clean person.

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Why I booked a caesarean

When I fell pregnany I was ecstatic. Then my fear of labour set in. To say I became obsessed is something of an understatement.

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Sold on natural birth?

Sex sells, according to conventional wisdom. But when it comes to those with a growing baby bump, sex is a little passé: it's natural birth that sells.

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Sharing birth stories

I didn't anticipate the need to share the details of giving birth, but the need to share is as overwhelming as the need to push.

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Why I booked a caesarean

When I fell pregnany I was ecstatic. Then my fear of labour set in. To say I became obsessed is something of an understatement.

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When will I feel like myself again?

New mothers repeat: Sleepness nights aren't forever. Pumping isn't forever. Nappies aren't forever.

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Weekly pregnancy guide

What's happening to your body and your baby's development.

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Morning sickness

Up to 80 per cent of pregnant women get morning sickness - and not just in the mornings.