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 […]

Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception

26th September 2016 was the world contraception day and I took the opportunity to raise awareness about emergency contraception which is popularly known as the morning after pill. Emergency contraception is just for the morning after the night before when something did not quite go to plan. Accidents do happen in all walks of life […]

Miscarriage Can Happen To Anyone

Miscarriage Can Happen To Anyone

It is a worrying time for those involved when a miscarriage happens. A lot of questions are asked and sadly at times women are wrongly blamed for it. Surprisingly miscarriages are much more common that most people realise. It is estimated that among women who know they are pregnant one in six of these pregnancies […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

10 Things You Should Do Before Becoming A Mom

10 Things You Should Do Before Becoming A Mom

Are you pregnant and expecting your first child? If so, here are a few things which you absolutely must enjoy guiltlessly before your little one comes along. 1. Sleep in Pick a few days out of the week to stay in bed past your normal wake-up time. No alarms, no pressing issues to attend to. […]