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Being pregnant – a personal story

Being pregnant can be both emotionally and practically challenging. Listening to others who have experienced similar situations is often re-assuring and can be helpful for you, your loved ones or when preparing questions for your doctor or a specialist.

The patient aged 27, was a mother of one and had an unplanned pregnancy for her second child. The pregnancy was fairly straightforward although she did suffer pre-eclampsia and had an induced birth. She had a difficult labour without any pain relief as well as an episiotomy.

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Learn more about being pregnant in our pregnancy section or visit www.pregnancybirthbaby.org.au.

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This interview has been sourced from healthtalkonline.org, award-winning research into patient experiences in conjunction with the Health Experience Research Group at Oxford University, UK.

healthdirect doesn't endorse any personal opinions expressed in the video, and we recommend you discuss any questions you have regarding unfamiliar terms or descriptions, as well as how this experience compares to the Australian health care system, with a health professional.

Copyright: ©2013 University of Oxford. Used under licence from DIPEx. All rights reserved.

Last reviewed: February 2013

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