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Pregnant woman in labour leaning against bed
Will you know the difference between Braxton Hicks contractions, false labour and the real thing when the time comes? Our expert doula explains some the signs to look out for so you know when it’s go-time. Common signs towards the end of your pregnancy: Lightening (two to three weeks before...
Happy mom lifting son in green field
Like many young girls, Charlene du Toit had dreams of one day getting married and being a mom. However, after a bladder infection turned to an infection of her kidneys and ovaries, scarring her fallopian tubes when she was just 15 years old, doctors prepared Charlene for the fact...
Pregnant woman with morning sickness throwing up
The exciting news of a pregnancy is often followed by some not-so-pleasant symptoms, including morning sickness. While common in the first trimester, some women experience nausea and/or vomiting throughout their pregnancy, day or night. It usually starts around the sixth week and ends by the end of your first...
Lupus on doctor's hospital chart
Lesna Naidoo’s story begins two years ago when she was 30 years old. Married for one year at the time, she and her husband, Kriben, had been together for 13 years (now 14) and felt that they were finally financially secure and mentally prepared enough to consider bringing a...
Pregnant lady lying on bed safe from COVID-19
With every passing day, we are bombarded with information about the coronavirus (COVID-19) – and we aren’t always certain what is fact and what is disinformation or even rumour-mongering. We turned to our expert gynaecologist, Dr Joanne Pottow, to put minds at ease when it comes to pregnancy and...
Pregnancy symptoms
Are you feeling “different” and suspect you might be pregnant? Here are some of the symptoms that can help you determine if you have a bun in the oven… Common signs of pregnancy Every woman is different and will have different symptoms when pregnant. You may be very lucky and experience...
Mom looking for answers to embarrassing questions
“Am I going to poop during labour?” is one of the most uncomfortable questions moms ask their gynaes. We asked our resident sexual health expert (who’s not afraid to answer anything), all your awkward birth question. Take note... here they are! Q. Can I breastfeed if I’ve had a boob...
Pregnant lady preparing vegan dinner
As dietitians in private practice, we’re seeing the number of people following vegan, vegetarian and plant-based diets on the rise. This may be due to personal preferences, health concerns and ethical reasons, as well as sustainability or reasons related to climate change. While it can be perfectly safe to follow...
Pregnant lady pushing to give birth
We asked moms for some of the craziest things they’ve said during labour, and we never expected such hilarious comments. Tina Goldsmid: “My pregnancy cravings didn't end in the hospital ward – my husband had to run and get me orange juice, chicken schnitzels and mashed potatoes about half an...
Pregnant mom doing yoga on floor
The idea of growing a human being for nine months can seem like a workout in itself. All the changes women go through to adjust to pregnancy can make it difficult to stick to your regular gym routine. However, exercising during pregnancy provides a lot of benefits for both...
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