Feeling the frump

I swore I would be so damned gracious and thankful when I finally fell pregnant that I now feel like an absolute idiot for what I'm about to say.


'Radiant pregnancy' and 'sexy labour'

Actress Alicia Silverstone has written a guide to help women attain 'supercharged fertility, a radiant pregnancy, and a sweeter birth'.

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Hello second trimester!

We're now into our second trimester of our first pregnancy and it definitely feels like we've turned a corner.


Weight pregnancy risk

Pregnant Kiwi women are reluctant to step on the scales, leading to underestimated BMI measurements and misguided clinical care, research shows.

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Bumpy reads

Reader reviews

There are plenty of pregnancy books around but how many are relevant to NZ mums? Essential Mums readers give their verdicts.


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Third trimester essentials

Tired, heavy, bloated, anxious. The third trimester of pregnancy can drag. Here are a few tips on how to cope.

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The second trimester

Your morning sickness might clear up, but your hormones could kick up a notch. Here's what could help you through.

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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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Busting food myths

When you're pregnant, you become more aware than ever before about your food and drink decisions.


Blogger stands by crazy diet

"I'm proof you don't have to become a whale when you're pregnant."

Health aspirin

Aspirin cuts pre-eclampsia risk

Women at a high risk of pre-eclampsia should take aspirin after their first trimester, according to new research.

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Liam's chance at life

Baby Liam would not be here if his parents had followed a midwife's advice to have an abortion.

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Puppy as parent school

I often hear friends mulling over the pros and cons of getting a dog and how it could be good ''practice'' for parenthood.


The 'fourth trimester'

Yes, I know, pregnancy is only three trimesters, but in my opinion the postpartum period should count too.

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Morning sickness

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

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Weekly pregnancy guide

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