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Does bedrest help or hurt?

Experts are now saying the bedrest during complicated pregnancies could do more harm than good.

Celebrity baby bump pressure

Pregnant Kiwi women comparing their bodies to celebrity mums-to-be are setting themselves unrealistic expectations says a university researcher.

Precious cargo

Maria Herrara was willing to do anything to become a mother - including being confined to a hospital bed "head down, bum up" for four months of pregnancy.

Alcohol's baby victims

Of all the harmful acts attributed to alcohol, little is known about the "sleeping giant".

'I survived placenta percreta'

When writing her birth plan, Simone Pavil included an item most women wouldn’t even think about: what should happen if she was put on life support.


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No need for a pregnant pause

If you're a mum-to-be bent on keeping up your workout routine, the trick is to consult your doctor, know your limit and have a plan for each trimester.

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Rise of Dr Google

Who you gonna call? The internet, of course!


Down syndrome screening

Why should we offer screening for Down syndrome anyway?

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Ditching the heels

Should you ditch the high heels while pregnant?


Exercising while pregnant

I'm not fit at all, but recently joined a gym. I've just found out I'm pregnant. Is it safe to keep exercising?

Greer Berry

A very weighty issue

I've come to the realisation that I was gaining absolutely nothing by weighing myself once a week.

Greer Berry

Tales of a tummy sleeper

I sleep on my tummy; flat out, like a squashed bit of roadkill, with my arms curled up underneath me.

Greer Berry

Discovering pregnancy yoga

Would I be surrounded by beautiful models with teeny tiny bumps, and the flexibility of Russian gymnasts?

Short gap could lead to complications

Women who become pregnant again within 18 months after having a baby are more likely to deliver early, according to a new study.


Managing the motherload

Getting back to the gym too soon after giving birth could be a wee bit embarrassing if you're not careful.


Smoking in pregnancy tied to childhood obesity

Women who smoke during pregnancy and are overweight early in pregnancy are more likely to have obese children, according to a new study.

Mother and baby

Many deaths were 'avoidable'

A staggering number of mothers and babies' deaths could have been prevented, a report shows.

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Are you exercising enough?

Exercising during pregnancy might not sound like much fun but it can have huge benefits for you and your baby.

Grace Curtis-Lamb

The thin red lifeline

A mum says thank you to the blood donors who saved her baby's life as a call goes out for more 'real-life heroes'.


Crossfit helped my pregnancy

I have a seven-month-old baby girl, and during my pregnancy I would go to Crossfit at least three times a week.

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