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Pregnancy

Breastfeeding can be a special time for both mother and baby.

Breastfeeding

Learn about the benefits of breastfeeding, tips for getting started and where you can get help and support.

Heavily pregnant and uncomfortable woman with hands on her back, indicating potential contractions.

Contractions

Contractions are a sign that labour is starting, and they will help push your baby down.

Ectopic pregnancy - woman looking at an empty cot

Ectopic pregnancy

An ectopic pregnancy is when a fertilised egg implants itself outside the womb, usually in one of the fallopian tubes.

Image of pregnant woman doing blood glucose test to symbolise gestational diabetes.

Diabetes and pregnancy

Women with gestational diabetes can have a healthy pregnancy with careful planning and control of blood glucose levels.

Getting pregnant isn’t always straightforward and takes longer for some couples than others.

Getting pregnant

Conception is complex – there is often more to it than just having sex. Learn more about ovulation, pregnancy and your growing embryo.

Close up image of a woman holding a pregnancy test.

hCG levels

Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a hormone that can be detected in your urine and blood when you're pregnant.

Woman getting a blood test for hCG levels to confirm pregnancy.

hCG test

The human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) test is usually used to confirm or monitor a pregnancy.

Even if you’re healthy and well prepared for labour and giving birth, there’s always a chance of labour complications.

Labour complications

Even if you’re healthy and well prepared for childbirth, there’s always a chance of unexpected problems. Learn more about labour complications.

Gas can help relieve the pain of labour.

Labour and pain relief

Learn about the different ways to relieve pain during childbirth, and how your support person can help you.

Image of newborn baby breastfeeding.

Mastitis

Mastitis occurs when breast tissue gets inflamed, usually due to a blocked milk duct from breastfeeding. It can lead to infection.

Pregnant woman with a cold thinking about taking medicine

Medicines during pregnancy

Learn more about taking medicines during pregnancy, which includes over-the-counter medicine as well as herbal supplements and vitamins.

Empty baby's cot to symbolise pregnancy loss.

Miscarriage

Pregnancy loss can be devastating, but help and support is available. Follow these links to trusted resources.

Morning sickness affects 80% of pregnancies.

Morning sickness

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

Image of pregnant women getting ultrasound to detect any chance of placenta praevia.

Placenta praevia

Placenta praevia is a condition where the placenta is lying low and may cover the cervix. In some cases, a caesarean is necessary.

Mother and her baby - Postnatal depression

Postnatal depression

Many women experience the 'baby blues' after pregnancy, but when feelings persist beyond these early days, it may be a sign of depression.

Checking blood pressure is an important part of antenatal appointments.

Pre-eclampsia (pregnancy-induced hypertension)

A rise in blood pressure in pregnancy can be the first sign of pre-eclampsia, also known as pregnancy-induced hypertension.

Pregnant woman receiving a massage.

Pregnancy massage

Pregnancy massage can ease discomfort and tension, and reduce swelling in your limbs. Here's what's involved in a pregnancy massage.

Pregnant woman getting an ultrasound - Screening for Down syndrome

Screening for Down syndrome

Down syndrome is a chromosomal disorder affecting 1 in 1,100 babies. Screening tests for Down syndrome are routinely offered to pregnant women.

Close up of a couple holding hands to symbolise the difficult decision to have a termination (abortion).

Abortion

An abortion (termination) is the medical process of ending a pregnancy so it does not result in the birth of a baby.

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