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Pre-conception

Smoking and fertility

If you are hoping to have a baby and either you or your partner smoke, you need to quit for many reasons but also to help increase your chances of conceiving.

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Male fertility

The words ‘male fertility’ create a knot in the stomach of even the bravest of men. Often where fertility issues arise, examination of the male partner’s contribution to the problems is ignored.

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The facts about fertility and pre-pregnancy health

Typically in our late teens and twenties we focus on contraception, but when the time comes to turn our thoughts to conception, there are a large number of myths about how to fall pregnant.

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IVF: What you need to know

One in six Australian couples suffer from infertility. It’s important to remember not everyone who is having trouble conceiving will need to undergo IVF (in vitro fertilisation).

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Pregnancy

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Mental health care in pregnancy-be kind to your mind

Pregnancy is a time of significant change both in your life and physically. It can be associated with stress on your mental health and may even precipitate postnatal depression. Understanding what may lead to stress, how you can recognise deterioration in your mental health and what you can be done to help is an important aspect of your pregnancy care.

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The 4 best fish to eat during pregnancy

Omega 3 is one of the most important nutrients that we should be focusing on during pregnancy. Omega 3 is essential for the development of your baby’s eyes and brain, and a lack of omega 3 is believed to increase the risk of post-natal depression.

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The Top 3 Do’s and Don’ts of Abdominal Separation

Do you have weakness in your abdominal muscles after having your baby? This is what we call Abdominal Separation or Diastasis Recti, and you’re not alone. At least two thirds of women in their third trimester of pregnancy have separation (Pelvic Floor First Australia).

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The questions you’ve always wanted to ask about childbirth but have been too afraid to ask…

This article takes the embarrassment out of babies and answering all of your burning, awkward questions on child birth and looking after your little one.

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Baby

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Ideal sleep environments for babies and toddlers

While there is no major formula for getting babies to sleep, you can certainly improve your chances of rest by making a few adjustments to the sleep environment.

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Singing to your baby bump for more sleep

How singing to your baby bump can help your baby settle and relax.

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6 key nutrients for breastfeeding

Breastfeeding requires you to give a lot of energy and nutrients to your little one. If your diet is inadequate, it can put you at risk of deficiencies.
Here are the 6 key nutrients you need to pay particular interest to while breastfeeding.

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Baby proofing the nursery & home

When it comes to priorities, keeping your baby safe and out of harm's way is at the top of the list. First Aid For You has provided a list of tips on how baby proofing will keep your little one safe when you get home.

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Parenting

General parenting Parenting help

What makes a product truly organic?

With the increasing interest in healthy living and a sustainable environment, the popularity of natural and organic skin care has flourished. Yet terms such as ‘organic’ and ‘all natural’ are not always what they seem, and many of us are still bewildered about what makes a product truly organic.

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Breastpumps: A guide for new parents

When we think of our growing bump and how we will feed them when they enter the world, expressing is not normally something too many mums think about. However, there are various reasons why a new mother expresses milk for her baby, and different types of pumps suit different situations.

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Treatment tips for babies with eczema

Eczema, or dermatitis as it is sometimes called, is a disorder which results in dry, inflamed and sometimes weeping or infected skin. It can cause redness and intense itching. Here are some treatment tips for babies with eczema.

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How to change your baby’s future in the first 1,000 days

New, ground-breaking research from the University of Queensland has highlighted just how vital the first 1,000 days is to your baby’s development.

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Toddler

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Toddler food can be fun and healthy

How is it possible? As a dad I look for the simple things, the quick and easy way. I’m super stoked to share my fun creations for your toddlers.

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Toilet training the strong-willed child

Whether you are toilet training, eating vegetables, or trying to get dressed in the morning, the strong-willed child can put our patience to the test.

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Repetition and child development

In early childhood, repetition forms the basis for learning, skill development, and accomplishment.

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How to breastfeed past 12 months

This article is for those who have decided to practice extended breastfeeding but are a little unsure of the ‘in’s and out’s’ of it all.

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