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

Top 10 ways to bond with your bump

bond_bumpHere are Tum2Mom’s top 10 suggestions of how you can bond with your bump.
  1. Pick a special name or nickname for the bump or baby-to-be. Some cute nicknames are peanut, hiccup, pearl. Use your imagination and have fun choosing a name for your bump.
  2. Talk Out Loud to your bump. A fetus can hear at 18 weeks, so you can talk out loud, start off by saying good morning and good night. And get dad to read bedtime stories or nursery rhymes to your bump at bedtime.
  3. Sing. Make up funny nonsense songs and serenade your bump. Keep singing these to baby after he or she has been born.
  4. Massage your bump. You can use stretch mark cream or oil. Only some essential oils or aromatherapy oils are safe to use during pregnancy. Be sure to read the label before use.
  5. Be responsive to kicks. Play poke, when baby kicks, you poke your bump gently in response.
  6. Exercise. Sign up for swimming, aqua aerobics, yoga for pregnancy or antenatal exercise. It will get you out of the house, you will meet other preggie mom’s and will feel the effects of those happy endorphins after exercise. Go even when you don’t feel like it. Once you are there you will be glad you went.
  7. Relax in the bath with your bump. Light candles, use bubble bath and relax. Breathe deeply and imagine that baby is enjoying the bath too.
  8. Play music, dance if you feel like it or otherwise just listen and enjoy.
  9. Go for walks and talk to your baby telepathically. Tell her/him how much you are looking forward to meeting him or her and that he/she is loved and is welcome in your home.
  10. Visualize. Visualize your baby-to-be growing stronger and bigger day by day and visualize your birth experience.