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Ten interesting things the body does in pregnancy

A woman’s body undergoes some amazing changes when it’s growing a little human being.  Here are just 10 little gems the body does, which you may know already but have not really thought about. If you’re pregnant, chances are these interesting facts will come in handy during conversations in the next nine months, or at the very least they might help you answer some tricky trivia questions one day!

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The benefits of parents groups

While it’s an exciting and precious time in a new parent’s life to welcome a baby, it’s the “what-happens-next” part that can be so daunting. This is especially the case with first-time parents, and if you’re in this category, please remember that you’re not alone. Fortunately, in Australia it’s common to be invited to join a parents group once you’ve welcomed your baby into the world. These groups offer so much more than just meeting new mums, dads and bubs. There are mental and physical health benefits too, and it’s great for your baby’s development.

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Gestational Diabetes Mellitus (GDM)

Gestational diabetes (GDM) is one of the most common medical complications of pregnancy. Characterised by glucose intolerance of varying severity, GDM develops or is first recognised mostly in the second or third trimesters (Nankervis & Conn 2013). GDM is largely determined by genetics and by your placenta, as high as 10-15% of all women aged 15-49 develop gestational diabetes, so is important to screen all women in pregnancy. Although you cannot “cause” GDM, there are known risk factors that increase your chance of developing.

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