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Health during pregnancy

If you have any concerns about the health of yourself or your baby, please talk to your doctor or midwife.

Health issues during pregnancy may include;

Emotional support

Pregnancy, birth and early parenthood are times of great change. Most women experience various emotional reactions. It helps if you can talk about your concerns openly with your partner or close friend.

For signs of depression, you can talk to your GP. There are also many organisations that offer support:

Perinatal mental health

Mental health support

Pregnancy support


The safest choice for your baby is to not drink any alcohol. This is advice from the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.


Stop smoking during pregnancy. Toxic chemicals are absorbed into your bloodstream and passed to your baby through the umbilical cord. If you aren’t able to stop smoking, cut down as much as you can.

Smoking while pregnant increases your risk of:

  • ectopic pregnancy
  • miscarriage
  • premature labour
  • complications during birth.

Smoking while pregnant can increase your baby’s risk of problems after birth:

  • sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS)
  • low birth weight
  • infections and other health problems
  • asthma and other breathing difficulties
  • behavioural problems.

Call Quitline 13 78 48.

Last updated: 30 April 2018