Real Pregnancy Stories

Teresa LawsDr Rod says, pregnancy

So you are pregnant - and so excited – a new baby to come and one of the most wonderful and demanding times in your life ahead. But right now however much you wanted this pregnancy you feel awful – nauseous, exhausted, sore breasts, hormonal and fragile. However aware of ... Read More

How to hide your pregnancy

Teresa LawsDr Rod says, pregnancy

  The first few weeks of a pregnancy are exciting but stressful as you wait to feel sure whilst trying not to let on. Often someone in the office will clue on quickly and you feel guilty for denying it so vehemently when one month later you are shouting it ... Read More

Cravings are Real

Teresa LawsDr Rod says

Cravings are Real Yes as most who have been pregnant before can testify, pregnancy cravings are real and undeniable. Now science is backing it up with help from the common fruit fly! Portuguese scientist, Dr Carlos Ribeiro, says "Nutrition is a highly complex topic. To understand how the brain regulates ... Read More

What Not To Say to a Pregnant Woman

Teresa LawsDr Rod says, pregnancy

First Rule – when in doubt DON’T COMMENT! It’s a mistake we usually only ever make once but better not to make it at all – if you’re unsure re the gestational status of a woman –don’t ask. There is nothing worse for both questioner, (“when are you due?”)  and ... Read More

Another new toy – for you!

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To start your Parenting memories we now have funky new USB's to save all your scans (especially the great new 3D ones from the whiz bang new Ultrasound). Get one at your first Obstetric visit or ask for one now. You can get a head start on that baby book ... Read More

Students Overrate their Fertility

Teresa LawsDr Rod says, pregnancy

A recent study from Auckland University reveals that most students are over-estimating their  fertility in later life. This news coupled with the fact that they are the group most likely to postpone parenthood is cause for concern. NZ students thought that a woman aged 46 had a 50% chance of ... Read More

Hyperemesis Gravidarum – Royal Morning Sickness!

Teresa LawsDr Rod says, pregnancy

Royal officials recently confirmed Prince William and Princess Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, are expecting their second child. "Obviously we're thrilled," Prince William said at an official event in Oxford, England. "It's great news." This is the second time he royal couple have announced their pregnancy news earlier ... Read More

Pseudo-pregnant Panda Fools Experts

Teresa LawsDr Rod says, pregnancy

Ai Hin, a six year old giant panda, living at the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Centre in China, has been feigning pregnancy for over two months. As a pregnant giant panda there are special amenities provided - including air-conditioning, around-the-clock care and a serious supply of buns, fruit and ... Read More

Genetic Memory research adds to Darwin’s evolutionary theory

Teresa LawsDr Rod says, pregnancy

Ground-breaking research from University of Adelaide shows that sperm and ova appear to carry genetic memories of events occurring well before conception. This study has been published internationally and changes the way we review work of French biologist Lamarck and Charles Darwin’s evolutionary theory. “There is now biological evidence that ... Read More

It’s not just baby brain!

Teresa LawsDr Rod says, pregnancy

English research scientists have identified increased activity in the right side of the brain in pregnant women. This area is related to emotions and helps explain the increased sensitivity during pregnancy. These changes in neuropsychological activity help ensure mothers are neurologically prepared to bond with their babies at birth. The ... Read More