Placenta Previa

Placenta Previa

What is Placenta Previa Placenta previa is when the placenta grows over the cervix thereby covering it. It is usually diagnosed during a second trimester ultrasound exam and is more common when one is having a multiple pregnancy, has had surgery to remove uterine fibroids or a C-section, is over 35 years of age, smokes […]

Umbilical Cord Care

Umbilical Cord Care

Your baby received nutrients through the umbilical cord but now that they are out of the tum tum, the cord is cut (don’t panic, it doesn’t hurt). This is how to take care of it till the stump dries up and falls off.   Keep the area clean- Use cotton balls with a bit of […]

FAQs about Newborns

FAQs about Newborns

Q: Baby’s poo is dark green/black. Is that normal? A: Baby’s poo is dark green/blackish for the first day or two because they are getting rid of the build up in the bowels over 9 months. The sooner and more frequently you breastfeed the sooner this will clear up. After about 3 days baby’s poo should be […]

Caffeine And Pregnancy

Caffeine And Pregnancy

Caffeine is not only found in coffee but also in other beverages such as tea (green tea included), cocoa, soft drinks, root beers and energy drinks. There are also some over-the-counter medications for example headache, cold/flu and allergy medications that contain caffeine, so make sure you check with your doctor before taking any kind of […]

FAQs About Pregnancy

FAQs About Pregnancy

Q: How soon after sex can I take a home pregnancy test? A: Three weeks after you last had unprotected sex or on the first day of your missed period. Taking a home pregnancy test too early may give a false negative as levels of HcG (pregnancy hormone) may be too little to detect but build up […]

Is Tomato Sauce Safe To Eat When Pregnant?

Is Tomato Sauce Safe To Eat When Pregnant?

Pregnant women often ask me if it is safe to eat tomato sauce. You’ll be happy to know that you can have it in moderation and have nothing to worry about. In previous years the concern with tomato sauce was mainly about Monosodium glutamate (MSG) which is a food enhancer. It is used in the […]

Mommy’s Dispensary

Mommy’s Dispensary

Here is a list of over the counter medicines every mother is encouraged to have for peace of mind when baby “common” illnesses. This is just a guideline and remember to check with your health care provider before administering any medication to your child. Pain Relief– This will help relieve baby from fever, teething pains, […]

Tips When Looking For Baby Shower Gifts

Tips When Looking For Baby Shower Gifts

Know the sex of the baby- This is important as it gives a guide as to what sort of gift to buy, colors, styles etc. If the parents don’t know the sex or are keeping it a secret then buy something gender neutral like a blanket or a hamper of non scented baby toiletries such as […]

Early Sex Education Can Prevent Child Abuse

Early Sex Education Can Prevent Child Abuse

Sex education… Wow, when is the right time to start? Will I not put ideas in my child’s mind? How much should I tell? How do I go about it? Will it be awkward? I know most parents have many concerns regarding sex education and hope their children don’t grow up too fast, just to […]

Eating Right- Trimester 3

Eating Right- Trimester 3

The final stretch of your pregnancy is here! The third trimester is from 28 weeks onwards and it is important to remember that you are the only source of nutrients that your baby has so you should aim to have as healthy a diet as possible. Eating well is vital but also remember to keep […]

Fussy First Time Parent

Fussy First Time Parent

Have you ever set rules concerning your child that people rolled their eyes at, laughed at and went on to say something like this, “It’s ok, you’re just being fussy because this is your first child!” Here is a list of things commonly mistaken for first time parents being too fussy that I think we […]

Dealing With Tantrums- Ages 5-8

Dealing With Tantrums- Ages 5-8

From Tantrums in Toddlers we learnt that toddlers throw tantrums because their communication skills are still in the process of being developed. They therefore have a hard time dealing with feelings of frustration due to the fact that they cannot effectively communicate with you and you with them. This week we’ll be tackling the issue […]

Attributes Of A Potential Child Abuser

Attributes Of A Potential Child Abuser

Every child has the right to physical, psychological and emotional wellbeing and child abuse is usually a violation of these rights. There are different types of abuse which are sexual, physical, and emotional and neglect however this article will focus on sexual abuse. Sexual abuse refers to a sexual act imposed by an adult or […]

Eating Right- Trimester 2

Eating Right- Trimester 2

The second trimester is the period spanning about 13-26 weeks. During this stage, your baby  grows to the size of around 35cm! It is therefore important to ensure that your baby receives an adequate amount of nutrients to help in his/her growth and development. Protein During the second trimester, pregnant women require about 70-100g/day of […]

Part 6- The Beginning of the Rest of My Life!

Part 6- The Beginning of the Rest of My Life!

So, what is motherhood like 13 weeks post partum? You will hear everyone tell you it’s hard work but rewarding, but what exactly do they mean by that? The first month was an assault on my boobs and my sleep as she was up every 2 hours for milk and cried through every nappy change […]

Part 5- The Morning After

Part 5- The Morning After

My adrenaline was still pumping. I hadn’t slept since the afternoon of her birth and I was just in awe of her. She was so tiny, and I just wanted to pick her up, wake her and play with her. You do the most primal things, like smell her (can’t tell you what she smells […]