Pregnancy is a time of great joy and the prospect of a new life being added to the family will fill you with excitement and apprehension. If it's your first baby you'll have lots of questions about the months ahead and the changes that your body will go through. Even if you have other children the information on the following pages should help prepare you for the upcoming addition to the family - with advice on the various symptoms, signs, and stages of pregnancy.
It's important to understand the optimum conditions for conception before attempting to get pregnant and our Getting Pregnant section deals with pre-pregnancy considerations - from a good diet and exercise regime to diet supplements and a healthy attitude. It also offers help on determining your ovulation calendar, what to do if you're having difficulty conceiving, and symptoms to look out for should you think you might be pregnant.
Going out to get a pregnancy test can be an emotionally fraught experience but our guide to pregnancy tests, how they work and how to read their results should help. We also give advice on how to calculate your due date once the pregnancy has been confirmed.
Once you've been told by a doctor that you are expecting you'll want to invest some time in understanding the changes your body will go through and how the baby will develop inside you. We offer information on pregnancy week by week and look at both the changes for you and for your baby, tips on dealing with morning sickness and what kind of weight gain during pregnancy you can expect.
Although most pregnancies are problem free we also offer advice on pregnancy complications, common problems that can occur and what you can do to avoid them. Your health is particularly important when you are pregnant and eating well during pregnancy, taking regular exercise and getting plenty of rest will give your baby the best possible start in life. We've included sections on pregnancy exercise and nutrition to help you get the balance just right. Staying fit will also help your body deal with the strains of labour and get you back into shape faster after the birth.
As your pregnancy progresses you'll have to make decision on the type of birth you want and whether you're going to be breastfeeding. Check our pages for helpful advice on these issues and for tips on recognizing labour and getting to the hospital at the right time.
Pregnancy can be a time of great joy, stress and of confusion as you appear to lose control over your body and your emotions. Arming yourself with the best possible information can help ease the process and make it one of the best times of your life.
Also see the the tips and advice given by the Australian site clubNUTRICIA about a baby or pregnancy club.