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Counting your chickens before they hatch

The road to pregnancy has not been an easy one for Susan* and her husband. She shares the next part of her journey with...
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The two-week wait

The road to pregnancy has not been an easy one for Susan* and her husband. She shares her journey with us so that other...
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Confessions of an angry mom

I am failing – Annelie Fouche remembers thinking for the umpteenth time since 7pm (it is now 8.17pm). I can’t even successfully put my...
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In labour for a week!

Angie Bothma was 25 when she gave birth to her first child. She shares her story of her pregnancy, week-long labour and induction. My husband...
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Pregnant and unable to pee!

When Karin Serfontein was about 12 weeks pregnant she anticipated having to go the loo more often than usual. After all, this wasn’t her...
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Becoming a mother at the age of 40

Being a mother over the age of 40 has its pros and cons. You’re emotional because you’re so excited and overwhelmed by joy as...
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My precious jewels

Thato Mngoma wrote this letter from the depths of her soul to her twin boys who were gone too soon. You’ve entered my womb and...
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Raising Harley

Harley had her name months before we found out I was pregnant. When I found out I was having a girl, it was like...
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There’s only so much a parent can do

Anonymous. I come from a family of five. I have two siblings and I’m the only daughter. My parents tried their best to give us...
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A mother is who I am now

Heather Lind weighs the mom guilt against the mom joy of having a baby. A piece about my own real life as a mom? Where...