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Pregnancy

Successful pregnancy requires many factors to line up just right.

Getting pregnant

Pregnancy is a complex phenomenon – it’s not just about having sex. Learn how falling pregnant requires many factors to line up just right.

Morning sickness affects 80% of pregnancies.

Morning sickness

Morning sickness or nausea (with or without vomiting) is a common symptom of early pregnancy that is caused by changes in hormones.

Gas can help relieve the pain of labour.

Pain relief in labour

Find out what options are available to you to help relive the pain experienced during childbirth.

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Pregnancy-induced hypertension and pre-eclampsia

Learn more about pregnancy-induced hypertension and pre-eclampsias, including symptoms and treatments.

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Screening for down-syndrome

There are screening and diagnostic tests that will give you a definite diagnosis of Down syndrome and, sometimes, other abnormalities.

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Pregnancy - Pregnancy Topics - Ectopic pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy is when the baby starts to develop outside the uterus (womb), most commonly in a Fallopian tube. The Fallopian tubes connect the ovaries to the uterus. Another term for an ectopic pregnancy is a tubal pregnancy - however ectopic pregnancies can also occur in the ovary or cervix.

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Pregnancy - Pregnancy Topics - Asthma in pregnancy

Good asthma control is especially important throughout your pregnancy because you are breathing for your baby as well as yourself. Well controlled asthma has no effect on pregnancy, labour or breastfeeding.

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Pregnancy - Pregnancy Topics - Miscarriage

A miscarriage is the unintended ending of a pregnancy. Many pregnanies end ina miscarriage - about 15 to 20 percent (about 1 in 5) of recognised pregnancies - most often in the early weeks of pregnancy, but sometimes later in the pregnancy.

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Pregnancy - Pregnancy Topics - Termination of pregnancy (abortion)

Among women of reproductive age, recent Australian research shows that approximately half will have experienced an unplanned pregnancy making it a normal part of women's reproductive experience.

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Pregnancy - Pregnancy Topics - Caffeine in pregnancy

It's best to limit the amount of caffeine-containing drinks you have during pregnancy. Drinks that contain caffeine include coffee, tea, cola drinks and some other soft drinks, including 'energy' drinks.

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Pregnancy - Pregnancy Topics - Pre-eclampsia - hypertension in pregnancy

Pre-eclampsia is a disorder of pregnancy where there is high blood pressure and protein in the urine. It occurs in five to eight percent of pregnancies, and is the leading known cause of preterm birth.

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Pregnancy - Pregnancy Topics - Immunisation and pregnancy

Yes. It is advisable to speak to your doctor to check that you have protection against certain diseases. Some diseases can cause serious illness in pregnant women, the unborn child or the newborn baby. Immunisation before, during or after pregnancy can protect against such diseases.

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Pregnancy - Pregnancy Topics - Depression and anxiety during pregnancy

Pregnancy, birth and early parenthood are times of great change. Having a baby can be the biggest life change that you will ever have.

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Pregnancy

Pregnancy Pregnancy in women with type 1 or type 2 diabetes usually results in a normal delivery with no effects on the mothers or the childs long-term health

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Pregnancy - Pregnancy Topics - Threatened miscarriage

Bleeding in early pregnancy is very common. Sometimes the bleeding is an early sign of a miscarriage (loss of the pregnancy) or an ectopic (tubal) pregnancy. In most cases however, the pregnancy will proceed normally.

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