Shaken Baby Syndrome

A large number of child deaths are reported in South Africa each year. A lot of deaths relate to neglect, abuse or murder. Despite this, there's a knowledge gap in relation to understanding the issue....

Amniotic fluid problems

The importance of amniotic fluid Amniotic fluid is essential for pregnancy and foetal development. Amniotic fluid is a watery substances residing inside a casing called the amniotic membrane or sac. ...

Choosing a pre-school

Becoming a parent is a momentous; life-changing event filled with hopes, expectations and naturally some fears. Parents often learn and grow alongside their children, as they face the challenges of pa...

Newborn reflexes

Although newborn babies are physically helpless and vulnerable at birth, they have a number of amazing innate abilities or reflexes. Reflexes are involuntary movements or actions, designed to protect ...

Mastitis

Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast that can lead to infection. The word “mastitis” is derived from the Greek word “mastos” meaning “breasts”, while the suffix “-itis” denotes “inflammation”. Ma...

Pelvic floor exercises

Although your new baby will probably bring you immense emotional satisfaction, physically you may feel uncomfortable and strange in your own skin. After 9 months of pregnancy and hormonal changes, you...

Colic

Babies cry because they need to communicate something and most parents, especially new moms, find it distressing to see or hear an unhappy baby. In time, you will learn to recognize the various causes...

Antenatal Classes

Antenatal classes are informative sessions provided to prepare expecting parents for the birth of their child and the early days of being a parent.Most antenatal classes are run by Midwives and occasi...

Strap-in-the-Future

The Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 was launched on the 11 May 2011. It is a global declaration of war against road crashes and fatalities. According to Mr Sibusiso Ndebele, MP Minister of ...

  • Shaken Baby Syndrome

    Tuesday, 21 July 2015 16:28
  • Amniotic fluid problems

    Thursday, 14 May 2015 12:54
  • Choosing a pre-school

    Friday, 10 April 2015 17:50
  • Newborn reflexes

    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:49
  • Mastitis

    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:41
  • Pelvic floor exercises

    Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:20
  • Colic

    Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:11
  • Antenatal Classes

    Monday, 03 June 2013 09:34
  • Strap-in-the-Future

    Thursday, 30 June 2011 13:52

10 Surprising Facts after birth

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  1. You will still look pregnant after the birth of baby for several months. Most moms take a year before managing to fit back into their pre-pregnancy clothing.
  2. Breast Feeding is a skill. Both mom and newborn baby need to practice this skill together. If you are concerned, contact a lactation consultant for advice. It was the best R500.00 I ever spent!
  3. Milk only comes in on the 3rd day. Often with very engorged and sore breasts. Use cabbage leaves for immediate relief. Don't take any pills to lessen milk supply or start expressing milk. Trust your body.
  4. You might be constipated; it normally takes 3 days after the birth of baby for your metabolism and bowels to start working as usual.
  5. You will bleed for as long as 6 weeks after the birth. Normal sanitary pads work better than maternity pads.
  6. You will be emotional. Expect tears. Your body is on a hormonal roller coaster.
  7. Your newborn baby will sleep most of the time.
  8. Your newborn baby will have enlarged private parts. Baby boy's scrotums and breasts will look huge, and sometimes newborn girl's have a bloody discharge. Both are normal and due to the pregnancy hormones of the mother.
  9. You will be amazed how often you check on baby to make sure he/she is still breathing.
  10. Everyone will have an opinion on how to do things. Trust your instincts.