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Hi everyone So I am now 13 weeks pregnant with a healthy bubba, when I had my first appointment with the midwife at 12w she recommended me getting a pap smear cause I've never had one. Are there any benefits to it besides finding out if I have cervical cancer? As in will it detect anything that could be harmful to my baby? I've already been tested for Hep B & C, rubella, Chlamydia, Gonorrhea, MSSU, HIV, FBC, and Antibodies and all is good there. I had a bit of bleeding at the start of my 12th week but it went away quickly and it seems to have been nothing to worry about. I've also had 2 miscarriages in the past. So I'm just a little worried and want as little intervention as possible. Thanks in advance for anyone's advice

Hi All, My name is Kim and I live in Brisbane. I'm 37 and will be starting IVF / ICSI in a few weeks time at Springwood Fertility Clinic. My partner has sperm antibodies as a result of a vasectomy which was done 10 years prior. As the days go on and the actual IVF/ICSI journey draws closer, my emotions are turning from excitement to anxiety. I still feel excited about what 'may be' but am quite stressed about the egg retrieval procedure. The procedure will be done while I am awake (they call it twiglight sedation). I will be given valium (which I have not had before) prior to the procedure and gas during the procedure. I am reeealllly hoping to make contact with someone on this forum who had their egg retrieval procedure done via twilight sedation. I am hopeful that having the opportunity to talk to others about their experiences will alleviate some of my anxiety....that's assuming it wasn't traumatic! Look forward to hearing from someone (anyone!) s...

Hi, I was planning on working up to 4 weeks before due date but I have a very busy restaurant manager and Events job which involves allot of running around and hours on my feet not to mention late nights. I also have a four year old to look after. I'm contemplating finishing.g up early as in 30 weeks but I'm worried I will miss out on parental leave. Any advice?

Hi all, I'm really confused about payments after bub is due. My partner earns approx 60000 and I work casual approx 2 shifts a week sometimes I work 5 days a week depends on how busy we are. Anyway I'm confused as to what payments me and my partner will receive. Can anybody help? The website dhs is so confusing. TIA

So was wondering what is your little ones (or not so little ones) favourite snack or lunch! My kids are good when it comes to trying new things but i don't have any news recipes and they are getting bored of what we are having. TIA for any help

I am 36 weeks pregnant and have been told that there is a 98% chance I will need to have a caesarean birth as the baby isn't in the right position. I am concerned about the recovery time and not being able to do much for a 4-6 week period after bringing baby home. Would appreciate any advice, tips or experiences from other mums who have had caesarean births.

I asked the other day about Strep B, and my midwife today said that It's recommended I start the penicillin once my waters break, so if that is actually at birth I wouldn't have to have it, but I would if they broke early, So, with DS my waters breaking was the first indication that I was in labour, my first contractions started about 8 hours later and baby born 11 hours after that. Can you share with me when your waters broke and if it was similar or completely different if you have had more than one baby Thank you!!!

I was wondering what tips busy mums have for remembering to do things? I'm a mum of a 3yr old, 18 month old and 32 weeks pregnant with our 3rd nd my head is blahhhhh. I am so forgetful with things. Paying bills on time, making calls I'm supposed to, chasing things up etc. (hardest thing is we have our own business and I'm in charge of accounts so it's really effecting things) What are peoples tips nd tricks to remembering things?

How comfortable is everyone with leaving your bubs/kids with onsite childcare staff when you're at an appointment or at the gym? I haven't had to face this yet, but am a little nervous thinking about it..... Even if it's just for an hour and they're close by.

It's been about a year since I started taking medications for PND/anxiety and lately I've been feeling like things are going quite well but how do you really know that you've 'recovered' or is it just the meds making me feel better ? My gp who originally prescribed them has left and my new gp was no help at all when I approached the subject, he pretty much just said if I felt like I was ready then I should just taper off them, but I keep second guessing if I'm ready or not. I haven't been offered any extra support ie counselling and am feeling at a bit of a loss what to do. Anyone been through this and have any advice?