PREGNANCY

USEFUL ARTICLES, APPROVED BY PROFESSIONAL CHILDBIRTH EDUCATORS.

By Sanja Nel – dietitian, SACLC We all know the saying: “you are what you eat.” During pregnancy, we can take it a bit further: your baby is what you eat. Your baby’s body is literally con...

(This article is also available in an audio format) In the second half of pregnancy, your bed will be a busy place. Pillows will be flying and sheets will be askew, all because of your partner’s pas...

What you’re going through Well, it’s almost over. In just a few weeks, you’re finally going to meet the child you’ve talked to and dreamed about, and whose university education you’ve planne...

(This article is also available in an audio format) Congratulations! She is having a baby! This mere statement throws your world upside down and makes you feel sick to your stomach. Sure you agreed th...

(This article is also available in an audio format) By Hayley Joy Weinberg – from Hayley Joy Boutique, who creates clothes for plus-size, odd-size and regular size women. The styles and fit are ...

By Dr Welma Lubbe – Author of Prematurity adjusting your dream, www.littlesteps.co.za Premature birth means a baby is born before 37 weeks of the pregnancy is completed and in South Africa this occu...

(This article is also available in an audio format) Question I am experiencing terrible heart-burn. Is there anything I can do to relieve it? Answer Over half of all pregnant moms get heartburn, an un...

A new life begins A woman’s egg is fertilized by a man’s sperm in the fallopian tube. During the next few days, the fused egg and sperm move through the fallopian tube to the lining of the...

(This article is also available in an audio format) By Merlyn Glass – Genetic nurse counsellor – NHLS University of Witwatersrand Genetic Counsellors attend to people who either have an inherited ...

(This article is also available in an audio format) #WhatWouldBabyChoose If your pregnancy is healthy, it is best to stay pregnant for at least 39 weeks. Staying pregnant to full term, or 40 weeks, is...

(This article is also available in an audio format) By Anchen Verster – Registered nurse, midwife, SA Certified Perinatal Educator – SACPE, wife, mother to 4 children including a set of twins ...

(This article is also available in an audio format) There are many changes that take place in your body during pregnancy and these unfortunately often result in some aches and pains. The main thing is...

By Anne Cawood – social worker in private practice. Author of “Toddlers Need Boundaries: effective discipline without punishment” – Metz Press During all the wonderful excitement of the mo...

By Nicolette Ferreira Morning sickness… bleggh! Why do we feel nauseous during pregnancy and, (much) more importantly, what can we do to alleviate nausea and vomiting in pregnancy? Why do pregnant w...

By Nicolette Ferreira Sushi (hmmm!), biltong, camembert… mayonnaise, chocolate mousse, soft scrambled eggs… These are just some of the foods that women are often told to avoid during pregnancy. In...

By Nicolette Ferreira Images of long-legged, delicate storks delivering babies in tied-up little bundles have been associated with babies and birth for years. This idea originates from European cultur...

By Nicolette Ferreira. Whether or not to take antidepressants, mood stabilisers or other psychiatric medicines during pregnancy (hereafter I will only refer to antidepressants for the sake of simplici...

Your childbirth educator is an important person in your life – she is the person who can bring balance and knowledge into your experience. Every pregnancy and birth is special and unique, so it is i...

Labour is as the word states – Hard Work, and it generally lives up to its name. However, to keep labour in perspective, it may be tiring but it is the best-rewarded work you will ever undertake. Kn...

Creating a baby together is nothing short of a miracle – and will be one of the most important decisions of your life. Your baby is created from two cells – and with much cell division and growth ...

By Merlyn Glass – Genetic nurse counsellor – NHLS University of Witwatersrand. Genetic Counsellors attend to people who either have an inherited or genetic condition themselves, or have had a baby...

(This article is also available in an audio format) By Dr. Alan Adno – Gynaecologist and Obstetrician – Parklane Clinic The Obstetrician together with other maternity professionals, i.e. m...

The hospital where you birth plays an important part in your first step to parenting. The staff and the philosophy of the maternity ward can make your start to family life either blissfully wonderful ...

By Barbara Hanrahan – midwife and educator Most women already have a gynaecologist by the time they fall pregnant. The question is do you know what you want from your birth experience? This is a sen...

Labour is one of the most precious and memorable days in a lifetime and enormous preparation and planning should go into it. Childbirth education classes should be geared not only to the pregnant mom,...

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