May 3, 2019
Natural remedies for postpartum depression
Many mothers experience immense contentment and love after giving birth, but for some new moms, this time can be stressful, worrying and may cause depression. In addition to medical interventions, there are also many natural ways a new mom can manage her symptoms of postpartum depression.
May 3, 2019
Foetal alcohol syndrome 101
You’re pregnant and your doctor has advised you steer clear of alcohol. But it can’t be such a big deal, right? Surely the odd glass of wine won’t do much damage? Wrong.
January 23, 2019
Should you do a lotus birth?
Lotus birth, also known as umbilical non-severance, is the practice of leaving the baby attached to the placenta until the cord naturally dries and disconnects from the belly button. In a lotus birth, instead of cutting the umbilical cord within a few minutes of birth, the parents carry the placenta still connected to the newborn baby in a bowl or special pouch. While the placenta is still attached, it continues to supply the newborn with blood and nutrients. One study found that delaying cutting the umbilical cord by just by a few minutes could help boost brain development. Children whose…
November 30, 2018
Natural remedies for pregnancy symptoms
Pregnancy is a beautiful journey for many, but it comes with a few bumps along the way. These bumps are the pregnancy symptoms you experience. Don’t worry, though. Home remedies can help with several pregnancy hiccups. Here are some of the worst symptoms and how to remedy them. Nausea One of the most common side-effects of your baby bump is nausea. Nausea during pregnancy is usually caused by the flood of pregnancy hormones in your body. The best way to deal with nausea is to try and prevent it. Do this by eating smaller, frequent meals rather than big ones.…
November 30, 2018
Want to get pregnant? Do this first
So you’re ready for a little bundle of joy? There are a few things you need to put in place before you bring your little one into the world. With some important lifestyle changes, you can prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy. It’s time to get off birth control Before you start trying for a baby, you’ll have to stop your birth control a couple of months in advance. This will give you a bit of time to see what your natural menstrual cycle is like, so you can figure out when you're ovulating (the time of the month…
October 8, 2018
Can I fall pregnant if I have diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic condition and once you’ve been diagnosed with it, you need to take care of your health by monitoring and keeping your sugar levels in check. These checks become more important and necessary when you’re pregnant, as your body goes through a lot of changes. Yes, you can fall pregnant if you have diabetes, but managing your condition becomes important for your own health and the health of your baby. How will diabetes affect your pregnancy? Poorly controlled diabetes increases the chances of having a big baby, weighing of more than four kilograms (a larger-than-average newborn). This…
October 8, 2018
I’m pregnant! Now, what do I do?
Lately, your breasts feel tender, you can’t seem to keep your favourite foods down. When last did you get your period? Oh… With a few home pregnancy tests done and dusted, you guessed it, you’re pregnant! But what should you do now? Confirm your pregnancy Before shouting about your baby bump, confirm your pregnancy. Dr Philip Zinn, a Cape Town obstetrician and gynaecologist recommends a urine test. A positive urine test should be enough to confirm that you’re pregnant. If you’re still not convinced, talk to your doctor about a blood test. Let the countdown begin! Once your pregnancy is…
January 8, 2018
Can you be ‘pregnant’ without having a baby?
Is this even possible? Yes, shockingly, it’s true. You can be “pregnant” without really being pregnant. What is 'false pregnancy'? Also known as pseudcyesis or phantom pregnancy, this condition happens when you believe that you are carrying a baby, but there is no evidence that this is true. Your body can basically respond in the exact same way as if you were pregnant, but you have no foetus in the womb. The symptoms are all there: swollen belly, nausea, vomiting, enlarged breasts – and the woman may even feel like there’s movement in the tummy. Your menstrual cycle may even…
November 13, 2017
Wait! Don’t wash your newborn yet!
After nine months, your bundle of joy has finally arrived and is now ready for your love and affection. Just before you can get to cuddle time though, the nurse is ready for a little wash and dry. But is washing your newborn really necessary? Don't be so fast! Bathing dos and don’ts The waxy coating on your newborn’s skin (vernix caseosa) is the wax that develops in the womb. It contains loads of benefits for your baby when it’s left behind or even rubbed in. The coating is filled with amino acids, proteins, and antibacterial and antimicrobial compounds. According…