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

Another Baby, Baby?

Another Baby?Deciding whether or not to have another baby can be stressful, especially if one partner is eager and the other is rather reluctant. The best way to tackle the situation is to talk things through. Here are a few pointers to consider before deciding to have another baby;
Finances
Let's face it, babies are expensive and the new arrival will impact on your budget. Not only will they need baby goodies initially, but you need to think further ahead, they will need to be fed, clothed, housed and educated for at least the next 18 years.
Career
Falling pregnant definitely affects your career. Will your company pay you maternity leave? How long would you be able to be away from work? Or would you be in the position to stay at home with all your children.
Timing
A lot of parents delay having a second baby because the timing is not quite right. Remember to consider the age and health of the mom. Complications may arise in women who are wanting to have children over the age of 38. The sooner the better if you are heading to your late 30's or early 40's.
Age Gap
Individual preference plays a huge role in the age gap between children. I know of parents who have three children under the age of three and others who have a 15 year age gap between children, especially when parents are in their 2nd marriage. Other families have two children fairly close together and then comes along another baby a number of years later, often called "laat laamatjie", baby number three.
Siblings
I met a mom at Clamber Club and she was a mom of identical twins, and a younger child. Her husband and her decided to have an even number of children and Nature blessed her with another set of twins. They then drew the line at five children.
Gender
A lot of parents opt to have a third baby because they have either two girls or two boys and really would like to have a child of the opposite sex.
That's Life
Fate often has surprises up her sleeve. Sometimes another baby is on the way, despite taking precautions and sometimes once having made the decision to have another baby, things take much longer than anticipated and sadly sometimes miscarriages occur between children, too.
Getting to the heart of the matter
Don't feel pressurised to have another baby by well meaning friends and family. You and your partner are the only two who can and should decide. Listen to each other and listen to your heart. Acknowledge that deciding to have another baby is a life changing event.