Pregnancy Week 11 – 40 Weeks

Pregnancy Week 11 – 40 Weeks

This week I was reading up on old wives tales of predicting gender and discussing this topic with some close friends on whatsapp. I’m eager to find out the sex of the baby so this made for some fun conversations and reading in the meantime. So here are a few of my findings from readings […]

Pregnancy Week 10 – 40 Weeks

Pregnancy Week 10 – 40 Weeks

This week has been a bit interesting as I’m still struggling to get through the day without taking a nap but I’m now finding myself wide awake for an hour or so in the middle of the night. High levels of progesterone are responsible for making me drowsy but they can also disturb sleep and […]

Pregnancy Week 9 – 40 Weeks

Pregnancy Week 9 – 40 Weeks

I should have posted this article last week but life happened. I will post this week’s article a few days from now. I hope you are enjoying my series… Baby’s fingers and toes are now forming. The eyelids are also in place although they’ll remain closed for several months. The head is larger than the […]

Pregnancy Week 8 – 40 Weeks

Pregnancy Week 8 – 40 Weeks

So I went for my first prenatal visit today and have scheduled my first scan for week 12. We went through my medical history, did a series of physical tests as well as a blood and urine test. Results for this should be out soon. They’ll show my HIV status, blood type & Rh status […]

Pregnancy Week 7 – 40 Weeks

Pregnancy Week 7 – 40 Weeks

I must say I have been feeling much better these past few days. I have a bit more energy so I try to do as much work as I can. I had been neglecting it and husband has just been awesome. He hasn’t been nagging me about living in a dump (covers face) so I’m […]

Pregnancy Week 6 – 40 Weeks

Pregnancy Week 6 – 40 Weeks

As I was counting down the days till I could take the pregnancy test I kept thinking how it’s actually not that simple to get pregnant. Women who have been on contraceptives for long periods of time like I have been, have to wait for months and sometimes years for their cycle to normalize. We […]

Pregnancy Week 5 – 40 Weeks

Pregnancy Week 5 – 40 Weeks

Right now the embryo is about the size of a pinhead and has started releasing the HCG hormone into my bloodstream which is used as the basis for detecting pregnancy in a home pregnancy test kit. It is still very low though so I’ll have to wait till next week to take the test for […]

Pregnancy 40 Weeks – Week 1-4

Pregnancy 40 Weeks – Week 1-4

Pregnancy 40 Weeks – My Journey Week 1-4 Author’s Intro: If you’re looking for stories about how pregnancy is perfect, full of sunshine and rainbows. How I’m sailing through and even glowing like some mystical pregnancy fairy then don’t follow this series! I’m going to be very honest. Sharing my joys AND my struggles because […]

Teenage Pregnancy: Not The End Of The World!

Teenage Pregnancy: Not The End Of The World!

By Sage Nyatsanga I once came across a picture that said, ‘Dying doesn’t end the pain, it just passes it on to someone else’. To some extent this is true. Dying was the first thing that came across my mind when I found out I was pregnant. It seemed like the best option at the […]

The Boy In The Special Class

The Boy In The Special Class

I attended a government school which was classified as a B school meaning that it was a sought after school by parents from middle to low income families. It was one of the rare cases when an affordable, actually, very affordable school still had good infrastructure and outstanding pass rates. I mean we had a […]

No to baby Dumping

No to baby Dumping

There has been a story going around on social media about a baby who was tied up in a plastic bag and flushed down the toilet only to be discovered after there was a blockage and plumbers came to sort it out. Now there has been a lot of cursing of the mother of this […]

Bleeding Gums and Pregnancy

Bleeding Gums and Pregnancy

Dental care is generally very important but more so when you are pregnant because pregnancy hormones may cause the gums to be very sensitive, inflamed or even bleed.This is also known as gingivitis and is common from about the 15th week of pregnancy onward. How to stop bleeding gums. See your Dentist regularly. Although brushing […]

Zika Alert

Zika Alert

Zika is a virus that is usually mild ie slight fever, joint pain, rash and less common are headaches and vomiting. These symptoms can last up to a week. Zika is however a concern in pregnant women as it has been reported to cause a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly (a small […]

Heartburn During Pregnancy

Heartburn During Pregnancy

Heartburn though not harmful to you or your baby, can be very uncomfortable and more than half of all pregnant women report to suffer from it especially in the second and third trimester. It is caused by the relaxing of the muscle between the stomach and the esophagus which then allows acid reflux or acid […]

Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancy is when the fertilized egg does not move to the uterus but stays in the Fallopian tube.It is usually discovered by the 8th week of pregnancy and can be frightening and life threatening and so emergency treatment is required. Symptoms Light vaginal bleeding Nausea and vomiting with pain Lower abdominal pain Sharp abdominal […]

Weaning and Sleeping Through The Night

Weaning and Sleeping Through The Night

Mothers all over the world who have newborns have a common struggle and that is sleepless nights. Some opt for sleep training as early as 6 weeks to get babies to sleep through the night but experts advise against that as breast or bottle fed babies should not go more that 4 hours without a […]