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Women are vigilant about avoiding alcohol and smoking during pregnancy, but what about stress? Camila Cordeiro/Unsplash

Health Check: can stress during pregnancy harm my baby?

Most pregnant women are aware of the advice to quit smoking, avoid alcohol, and fear soft cheese, but much less is done to avoid stress during pregnancy, despite its harms.
Much health information emphasizes the role of personal responsibility in maintaining a healthy pregnancy. (Shutterstock)

Women pregnant after a loss need better support

After a miscarriage or stillbirth, pregnancy can involve intense fear and anxiety for many women. More sensitive health information could help.
Antenatal care enables the early detection of maternal and fetal conditions. So why are pregnant women delaying their checks? Shutterstock

Two in five pregnant women don’t receive care in the first trimester

Teenagers, unmarried women and migrants are among those missing out on antenatal care in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, according to new Australian research.
Deciding whether or not to continue on medication in pregnancy is always a balancing act. from shutterstock.com

Should I stop taking Prozac if I’m pregnant?

A study has shown an association between antidepressants in pregnancy and risk to the baby. But there are many factors to consider if deciding whether to stay on an antidepressant if you're pregnant.
Disruption of the thyroid hormones can prevent tadpoles from becoming frogs. Coffee/Pixabay

Everyday chemicals may affect brain development, including foetal IQ

Research shows thyroid hormone, which is required for brain development in all vertebrates, is severely affected by chemicals present in our everyday cleaning products, clothing and cookware.
Women (and their partners) can give their baby the best start in life by eating well even before they conceive. from www.shutterstock.com

Five ways to boost your nutrition before pregnancy

Thinking about trying for a baby? Then now is the time for you and your partner to "spring clean" your food and lifestyle habits.
The fatty acid DHA is crucial for fetal brain development in the last trimester of pregnancy. from www.shutterstock.com

You can’t rely on fish oil supplements in pregnancy to make your children smarter

Fish oil capsules are marketed as prenatal supplements to improve brain development in children. But now top quality evidence suggests they won't make any difference in women eating a balanced diet.

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