My Angel Has An Extra Chromosome- Part 4

My Angel Has An Extra Chromosome- Part 4

This article is about Zia’s developments so far and how proud I am of her. Our challenges started the very day she was born. Zia was unable to latch onto the breast which meant that I could not feed her effectively. Initially I thought it was because I was a first time mom and was […]

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 […]

My Angel Has An Extra Chromosome – Part 3

My Angel Has An Extra Chromosome – Part 3

On my page l once wrote that it takes a community to raise child and it takes the very same community to raise a child with special needs. Every parent in this position needs support and yet what they usually get is pity and weird looks and no one deserves that. It could be out […]

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 […]

My Angel Has An Extra Chromosome- Part 2

My Angel Has An Extra Chromosome-  Part 2

After I found out that my daughter has an extra chromosome I was crushed. Fear and lack of understanding about the condition made it worse. I was unsure about what kind of life and future my daughter Zia had laid ahead of her. When I was pregnant I had read a lot about baby’s developmental […]

Fussy Eaters

Fussy Eaters

When babies gradually transition from milk to solids, many parents have difficulties with getting them to eat or to try new foods. Here are a few tips on how to deal with fussy eaters to make meal times less of a headache for both you and baby. Persistence- Keep reintroducing the food that baby seems to […]

C-section Recovery Tips

C-section Recovery Tips

A C-section is a major abdominal surgery so recovery will take a while. Experts say it takes about 2 years for total recovery and that is why women hoping to try for a vaginal birth after c-section or VBAC, are advised to wait 2 years after surgery before falling pregnant. Here are some tips to […]

My Angel Has An Extra Chromosome- Part 1

My Angel Has An Extra Chromosome- Part 1

My boyfriend and I had been dating for two years when we decided to take the next step and get married customarily. He approached my family and the date for lobola was set for the 27th of September 2015. We were so in love and couldn’t wait to be formally joined together so we went […]

What to expect during a C-section

Before Your birth partner may be allowed in depending on the severity of the emergency. If there is enough time for them to change into appropriate attire and the surgery is straight forward then they will most likely be allowed into the operating room. You’ll be given antibiotics through an IV to prevent infection during […]

Reasons for a Caesarian Section

Reasons for a Caesarian Section

Also commonly known as a C-section is when baby is born through an incision on the mothers abdomen. Scheduled C-section Your doctor may schedule a C-section no earlier if than 37 weeks for one of the following reasons- If you’ve had more than one C-section If you had uterine surgery such as removal of fibroids […]

False Fetal Distress Reading

False Fetal Distress Reading

DID YOU KNOW that before a pregnant woman has a scan to determine the baby’s heart rate, they have to have been sitting upright or lying on their side for at least 10 minutes for the readings to be accurate? Lying down on their back can cause a false fetal distress pattern. Share this with every […]

Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia

What is Preeclampsia? It is a condition marked by high blood pressure and high protein in urine, developed by pregnant women during the second half of their pregnancy. The exact causes are unknown but researchers suggest that high body fat, poor nutrition, genetics and insufficient blood flow to the uterus play a part. This means […]

Grapes: A choking hazard

Grapes: A choking hazard

My 2 year old son loves grapes and because I always buy seedless grapes, I did not put any thought to the fact that the actual grapes not just seeds, can be a choking hazard. It was only after I saw a post on social media about a boy much younger than my son who […]