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Topic: After childbirth
Your local maternal and child health service will be a great source of support after your baby is born.
Every newborn baby in Australia is offered a newborn screening test to identify those at risk for rare, but serious medical conditions.
Early Parenting Centres help families whose children have sleep, feeding or other difficulties.
PKU is an inherited disorder that prevents the normal breakdown of a protein found in some foods.
Postnatal depression can happen either a few days or weeks after the birth, with a slow or sudden onset.
Always consult with your doctor or midwife before starting any postnatal exercise program.
Make sure your abdominal muscles have healed before you do any vigorous tummy exercises, such as crunches.
Sometimes premature labour can be delayed to increase a baby’s chance of survival.
The birth of your first child can significantly change your relationship with your partner and may impact on other relationships.
Over time, stretch marks lose their bright colouring and become silvery, shimmering lines.
With low levels of vitamin K, some babies can have severe bleeding into the brain, causing significant brain damage.
See also Parenting - Babies (0-3)