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BABY OR NOT? The online magazine for those planning parenthood

Talking baby

1 0 things to think about before trying for a baby

Baby-boosting foods

Food picks for a well nourished, pre-baby body

The baby directory

Connecting parents-to-be with products & services

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Great expectations

The latest baby news, happenings and events.


Talking baby

1 0 things to think about before you start trying for a baby.


Baby-boosting foods

Our top food picks for a well nourished pre-baby body.

08 The baby directory

Connecting parents-to-be with useful & unique products & services.

welcome Thinking about starting a family? Already expecting? Grandparent, aunt or friend of proud parents-to-be? Then this magazine is for you. At Baby or Not? we know just how mind-boggling the leap into parenthood can seem. Deciding to start a family is one of the biggest decisions youʼll ever make and itʼs perfectly natural to have fears and anxieties about introducing a baby into your life. Thatʼs why weʼve put together this magazine. Itʼs full of information, advice and resources, to help make your new adventure just that little bit easier.



great expectations

Our round-up of what’s been happening and what’s coming up in the land of baby…


What to Expect When Youʼre Expecting should currently be playing in a cinema near you. Based on Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel's best-selling pregnancy handbook of the same name, the film follows the lives of five couples heading into parenthood. While it boosts a star-studded cast including Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Rock and Anna Kendrick, itʼs not exactly got the critics raving. If however youʼre in the mood for a little light-hearted, diaper-themed comedy…it should deliver.


Does it seem like a baby bump is the must-have celebrity accessory right now? Famous mamas-to-be include Drew Barrymore, Kourtney Kardashian, Anna Pacquin and Snooki! If you love your celebrity gossip, head to US baby website, where you can track your favourite starʼs pregnancy progress, covet their maternity style and read all about their pregnancy cravings. (Milla Jovovichʼs hankering for bone marrow has to be the weirdest weʼve ever come across).



Women's Lifestyle Expos are a great day out for women of all ages. You'll find a huge variety of services and products - all under one roof. Taking place at venues around New Zealand, you can catch the next expo in Wellington on the 1 1 -1 2 August at the TSB Bank Arena. For more information, check out


Want to find out what life with a child is really like? Then look no further than the blog world, where there's no shortage of mum and dad bloggers telling it like it is. Here are a few of our favourites: Inked in Colour The story of an Australian/Indonesian couple bringing up their baby Bo, in a remote Indonesian village. Brock Paper Scissors Tales of life from a working girl turned stay-at-home mom and military wife, currently stationed in Northern Virginia. Boho Baby Bump Boho mama not giving up her style from bump to baby and beyond. Now expecting bump #2! Parenting. Illustrated with Crappy Pictures ™ The title says it all: parenting stories told through crappy pictures. Funny, frank and not a bit crappy.

10 things to think about before you start trying for a baby... KICK BUTT

Cigarettes are a major no during pregnancy, so if you are a smoker, quitting the habit before you start trying for a baby is highly recommended. Smoking has been found to affect fertility levels, as well as increase your risk of birth defects and miscarriage.


Excess alcohol has been linked to decreased fertility levels, both in men and women. An occasional glass of wine with dinner isnʼt cause for concern, but if youʼre drinking most nights of the week or bingeing on cocktails at the weekend, pre-conception is the perfect time to start cutting back.


Regular exercise in the months before you start trying for a baby can help with conception and ensure a healthier pregnancy. Find sports or exercise that you enjoy doing and try and get into the habit of a fixed routine. Building exercise into your lifestyle now will make it easier to stick with the habit both during and after pregnancy.


Everyone knows that babies donʼt come cheap and getting a handle on your finances early will mean one less thing to worry about once your baby arrives. Make an effort to start putting some money aside each month – youʼre going to need extra for baby gear like clothing, accessories and nappies! If you find saving difficult, start by examining your spending patterns. Keep receipts, bank statements and credit card bills. After several months you should have enough data to see exactly where your hard-earned money is going – and where you can make cut back and make savings.

You might feel you know your partner inside out, but until youʼre ready to head down the baby path, itʼs unlikely youʼll have really discussed parenthood and what it means to each of you. Start talking about your hopes, fears and expectations for your baby and broach issues like how youʼll share childcare, religious beliefs or establishing discipline.


You donʼt need a gigantic family home to raise a child. But feeling settled and secure will help you feel more prepared for pregnancy. So if youʼre unhappy with your current living environment, pre-baby is a good time to consider a move. After all, no one wants to be packing boxes when theyʼre 7 or 8 months pregnant (or with a newborn in tow)!


Research has shown that high levels of stress can hinder your ability to fall pregnant. If you know youʼre the type who deals with pressure badly, take some time to understand your stress-triggers and learn how to combat them. Maybe you need to go for a run, unload on a friend or simply relax with a book. Remember, whatever remedy works for you now will work when youʼre a parent, when youʼll be facing lots of new pressures on a daily basis.


Most experts recommend booking a pre-pregnancy check-up with your doctor before you start trying for a baby. Itʼs an opportunity to make sure youʼre up-to-date with vaccinations, check blood pressure and make sure any medication youʼre taking is safe to use during pregnancy. You can also use the visit to address any health issues or questions you may have.


Many dental procedures, like X-rays, arenʼt recommended during pregnancy, so it makes sense to ensure your teeth are in tip-top condition before you start trying for a baby.


Once your new baby arrives youʼll have a lot less time for yourself, so make the most of it now. Spend some time doing the things you love, whether thatʼs hanging out with friends, hitting the shops or heading out for long walks. Schedule in some quality couple-time too, because itʼs going to be a while before itʼs just the two of you again.


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Focusing on eating well – and cutting out your bad habits - can help improve fertility levels and will ensure you’re in excellent health for your pregnancy. You’ll also be giving your baby the very best possible start in life, since the first four to eight weeks of pregnancy are when most ofa baby’s vital organs are forming. Dads-to-be – healthy eating isn’t just for mums. You’re also going to need buckets of energy when your new baby arrives, so commit to a healthier diet and support your partner at the same time. Aim to eat a well-balanced diet that includes a mix ofcomplex carbohydrates, proteins, essential fats, vitamins and minerals. Here are our top food picks for a well nourished, prebaby body...

Eggs are packed with protein, a nutrient essential for pregnancy. Theyʼre also rich in choline, which helps your baby to grow and can prevent neural tube defects. Eggs have received some bad press over the past few years, due to their high levels of cholesterol. However, experts now believe that eating foods naturally high in cholesterol is still better for you than consuming saturated fat. And happily, eggs are relatively low in saturated fat. SALMON

Bursting with protein and omega-3 fats, salmon is the king of the seafoods. While all fish offer a great range of beneficial nutrients, salmon is considered to be a safer choice, since it contains lower levels of mercury, a compound that can be harmful to the development of your babyʼs nervous system. BEANS

Beans could become your best friend during pregnancy. Their high levels of fibre can help prevent and relieve the symptoms of constipation and haemorrhoids, two of the more unpleasant side effects of pregnancy! WHOLE GRAINS

Grains have a low glycaemic index, meaning they take longer to digest than refined carbohydrates and keep you feeling fuller for longer. They are also high in fibre and nutrients like vitamin E and selenium. DARK GREEN LEAFY VEGETABLES

Spinach, kale and Swiss chard also contain high levels of iron, as well as folic acid, a vitamin that helps reduce the risk of neural tube defect. Neural tube defects occur during the first month of pregnancy, so it is important to make sure you are getting enough folic acid before you start trying to conceive.

You may want to talk to your doctor about taking a folic acid supplement, since it can be difficult to get enough of this vitamin from food alone. WALNUTS

Walnuts offer one of the richest sources of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids and are also high in B vitamins, vitamin E, copper, iron and zinc. They make a great, onthe-run snack, or try adding them to a salad. YOGHURT

A rich source of calcium, which is vital for the healthy formation of your babyʼs bones. Yoghurt also contains active cultures that help to restore balance in the digestive system and fight off infection. LEAN MEATS

During pregnancy your body requires higher levels of iron, in order to make the red blood cells that carry oxygen around your body and to your baby. Lean meats are packed full of iron, as well as being a great source of high-quality protein. TOFU

For non-meat eaters, tofu provides an excellent source of protein. Itʼs also high in iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin A and K. BANANAS

High in potassium, bananas make a great energyboosting snack. They can also help reduce fluid retention. COLOURFUL FRUITS & VEGETABLES

Each colour group of fruits and vegetables contains different vitamins and minerals. By mixing up the colours on your plate youʼll ensure you get a good variety of nutrients.




Itʼs a natural instinct for mums-to-be to do everything they can to protect their growing babies. But what about shielding them from cellphone and Wi-Fi radiation exposure while in the womb? International research has increasingly shown that radiation exposure can pose serious health risks for growing babies and young children. MummyWraps' stylish range of maternity wear provides proven shielding from radiation exposure, protecting your unborn baby and allowing safe growth. To shop the complete range or to find out more about radiation protection during pregnancy, head to

Celebrate, enjoy and remember your pregnancy with a Belly Painting from Creative Mischief. “A truly unforgettable experience for all new mums-tobe.” Elisa, 38 weeks pregnant At Creative Mischief weʼll work with you to create a design specific for you and your baby. Then, relax in the comfort of your own home while we bring your painting to life !


Sessions take approximately 2 hours and include a small photo shoot. Three & a half generations! Mum-to-be, Vicki Allan, with her mum Wendy Allan & Nana Bev Harrison. Photographer: David St George.

To create a unique memory of your own pregnancy, email, or see our website ,

Midwife, mother & founder of Express the Best, Leah Rutley, is a woman on a mission. Leah is passionate about encouraging mothers to breastfeed (or provide breast milk), for the very best start in life. Her online business supplies high-quality twin and single breast pumps, as well as BPA-free breast milk storage solutions, Unimom maternity products and vitamins - all at highly affordable prices. Leah is also able to offer new mums a wealth of information about using breast pumps, baby nutrition and family health products. Head to her website, to browse her product range.

Natural Bubba is a small, family run business that believes in sustainability and giving our babies the best start in life with as little impact on the planet as possible. Natural Bubba baby balms are handmade in small batches using at least 95% organic ingredients. We offer balms for bums, colds, sleeping and massaging. And because mums need pampering too we've just introduced our new Natural Goddess range for adults. For more info email or visit

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We deliver all over NZ via courier post - and can now ship overseas as well! Head to our website to check out our great selection,


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