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Pregnancy

Welcome to the PREGNANCY hub, where you'll find all our pregnancy information in one place

Parent24's pregnancy hub has been compiled to guide you through every step of this beautiful pregnancy journey, from conception to birth and beyond.

Foetal development

‘No amount of alcohol is safe during pregnancy’ says Foundation for Alcohol Related Research

Due to the very high prevalence rates in South Africa FASD is a public health concern in many communities.

Pregnancy health

Insomnia in pregnancy: A commonly dismissed condition

Because mild sleep problems are so common during pregnancy, many health-care providers dismiss reports of insomnia, leaving women to manage the condition on their own and without resources they desperately need.

Fun

This is not a drill! Bontle Modiselle and Priddy Ugly announce pregnancy

"We are grateful & thankful to have been blessed with the opportunity to raise the next generation of Africa." Bontle and Priddy Ugly share beautiful words as they enter the journey to parenthood.

Baby names

Baby naming time? Here’s how people judge what’s in a name

Canadian researchers Penny and David answer the age old question posed by Shakespear - "What's in a name?" Seems there is more to names as they affect what people expect someone to be like in terms of their personality.

Foetal development

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is more prevalent, and more serious, than you think

“A woman does not need to be a heavy drinker or alcoholic to have a child with FASD, even light to moderate drinking has the potential to cause permanent damage to the unborn baby,” warns FARR CEO Dr Leana Olivier.

Fun

The best of Linda Mtoba's maternity style

We are chronicling the actress' best pregnancy looks as she prepares for the arrival of her first child.

Fun

'If it weren't for my husband and my mom I'm not sure how I would've survived': The A-Bundlely Blessed Diaries #3

Chantelle Whittles tells us what to expect when expecting triplets in her A-Bundlely Blessed Diaries series.

Fun

'Should they be born before 24 weeks, we're not sure the babies will make it': The A-Bundlely Blessed Diaries #2

From mother of one to expectant mom of triplets plus one, Chantelle Whittles shares her pregnancy journey with us in The A-Bundlely Blessed Diaries.

Fun

PLL actress admits to wearing adult nappies because she's so over her pregnancy bladder

Pregnancy hack: yay or nay? Shay Mitchell says she had no idea how hectic it would be controlling her bladder during pregnancy and has turned to a unique solution to avoid peeing herself.

Fun

The extra 'special' reason Meghan enjoyed her first pregnancy 'on so many levels'

She's the first-ever Guest Editor of British Vogue, and in her editor's letter, Meghan Markle has revealed how honoured she felt to have been able to take on the role, especially during pregnancy.

Fun

'You are expecting triplets': The A-Bundlely Blessed Diaries #1

"I experienced an overload of emotions. I didn't know if I felt joy, shock or worry." From mother of one to expectant mom of triplets plus one, Chantelle Whittles shares her pregnancy journey with us in The A-Bundlely Blessed Diaries.

Pregnancy health

Fainting during pregnancy can be risky for mother and child

Research with almost 500,000 women, reveals connections between fainting in pregnancy and medical problems in both mother and child.

Birth

Babies born at home benefit because of the undisturbed exposure to their mother's bacteria: Study

The "hygiene hypothesis" suggests that we, as humans, need early and frequent exposure to diverse organisms. We tend to restrict this in the first few days of life in the hospital. Is that the right approach?

Lifestyle

5 super clever celebrity pregnancy announcements

Actor Kay Sibiya’s girlfriend Judie Sbahle Kama is pregnant with their first son and the couple couldn’t be more excited.

Pregnancy health

Being pregnant is like running a marathon for 9 months straight says study

Being pregnant like running a marathon for 9 months, "no surprise to anyone who's ever carried and birthed a baby" says Associate Prof. Herman Pontzer.

Pregnancy health

It’s been 7 weeks since Meghan Markle gave birth to baby Archie and people are already betting she’s pregnant with baby number two

People are already placing bets that Meghan Markle is pregnant, or at the very least, we'll meet baby number two sooner than we think... What a right load of codswallop, crumpets!

Fun

Pregnant mom shocked at news of triplets

What if you found out in your third month of pregnancy that you’re expecting not one, not two, but three babies?

Pregnancy health

Paternal leave is more important for moms than dads study finds

Paternal leave is about more than just time off for fathers, and one US study is proving just how vital a father's role is when talking maternal health.

Fun

"I am so excited, and petrified": DJ Sox and Bailey Schneider are getting ready for baby no.2

"It's been hard to keep a secret this big for 3 months, so I am absolutely thrilled to be able to share our happy news!"

Lifestyle

WATCH: Jordan Sparks opens up about her postpartum depression

Jordan Sparks welcomed her first child with aspiring model husband Dana Isaiah a year ago.

Birth

"It was the scariest day of my life": Mom of the world's tiniest baby shares her birth story

"They told my husband that he had about an hour with her and that she was going to pass away." Mom to the world's tiniest baby opens up about the scariest day of her life and what it's like to give birth to a miracle.

Fun

Britain's Got Talent star Alesha Dixon wows crowd as she announces her second pregnancy

Congrats! Alesha Dixon looked every inch a star as she announced her pregnancy in style.

Getting Ready

Track star Allyson Felix criticises Nike maternity policy

Olympic track and field star Allyson Felix joined a chorus of recent criticism against Nike. The brand recently came under fire for penalising athletes for taking time off after having a baby.

Birth

Celine Dion shared the surreal experience she had after giving birth

Celebrity status has its drawbacks, including privacy violations that come with the spotlight. Celine Dion has shared the unpleasant experience of seeing her son on television — before she'd even held him.

Birth

This is what happens to a baby’s body during birth

Delivering a human baby is risky for mom. But let's not forget that baby goes through the birth process too.

Pregnancy health

Pregnant women and babies can be vegans – careful nutrition planning is key

Can you follow a vegan diet and still meet specific nutrient requirements in pregnancy? Of course. But there are rules to follow to guide your food choices and ensure you and baby get the nutrients you need. This Australian study sets them out nicely, with a useful pregnancy sample menu to get you started.

Pregnancy health

#WithoutMom: This ad crushed us ahead of Mother’s Day – now is the time to fight for moms

The Rockefeller Foundation released a video ahead of Mother’s Day that got us right in the feels. But it also shed light on the fact that we lose so many moms, every day, simply because we don't have the interventions in place to prevent the very many things that can go wrong in pregnancy and childbirth.

Fun

The world’s longest pregnancy has us all speculating about Meghan’s reasons for her privacy requests

There’s nothing private about being a royal. Surely it’s her job to show us this baby? Tori Hoffmann gives us her theories on why the Duchess of Sussex isn't going anywhere near the steps of St Mary’s hospital.
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