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Nausea and Vomiting During Pregnancy


Nausea and vomiting is a normal part of pregnancy, but there are steps you can take to feel better. If you are pregnant and have nausea and vomiting, you’re not alone. Over half of all pregnant women suffer from this common ailment, sometimes called ‘NVP’.

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Pregnant - Is it safe?


Your growing baby depends on you to keep him healthy and you may have lots of questions about what’s safe during pregnancy. Don’t drink alcohol, smoke or use street drugs during pregnancy. Doing these things can hurt your baby even before she’s born. Alcohol, drugs and harmful chemicals from smoke can pass directly through the umbilical cord to your baby. This can cause serious problems during pregnancy, including miscarriage, birth defects and premature birth.

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VBAC (Vaginal birth after caesarean)


If you have had one or more caesarean (C-sections), you will have to decide if you want to plan another C-section (repeat C-section) or what is commonly called a vaginal birth after caesarean section (VBAC — “vee-back” — for short). This decision will affect you, your baby and any future pregnancies.

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Why breastfeeding is important


Every woman's journey to motherhood is different, but one of the first decisions a new mom makes is how to feed her child. When you choose to breastfeed, you make an investment in your baby's future. Breastfeeding allows you to make the food that is perfect for your baby. Your milk gives your baby the healthy start that will last a lifetime.

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The awesomeness of breastfeeding


Some of the reasons why breastfeeding is one of the most important things you can do for your child.

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Skin to Skin

The Importance of Skin to Skin Contact


There are now a multitude of studies that show that mothers and babies should be together, skin to skin (baby naked, not wrapped in a blanket) immediately after birth, as well as later.

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A nurturing father has a positive influence on a child's development


Being a sensitive and attentive dad doesn’t help if you don’t spend enough time with your child. However, time isn’t enough in itself. "It's the combination of time and quality that has an impact," says researcher Kristin Berg Nordahl.

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Imagining and creating: toddlers


Your toddler is exploring the world in imaginative and creative ways. Here are play ideas and creative activities to support and boost toddler imagination and creativity.

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Briana’s natural hospital birth


It was Sunday and all day I was feeling tired and I had a gut feeling this would be the night I would go into labour, well it was.

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Baby Names: 11 Things To Consider While Naming Your Baby


Thinking about baby names is one of the first things that pops to mind as you (and your hubby) settle down with the pregnancy.

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