Posts tagged ‘pregnancy’

Let’s Talk About the Wife Who Wasn’t Loved

Do you know what it feels like to be married to a man who doesn’t love you? Maybe you do. Maybe your marriage is the result of parental matchmaking gone wrong. Or maybe you were just dating and getting to know each other and you fell pregnant. Now you’ve “trapped” him with pregnancy and he believes he would not have gone to the altar with you otherwise. Or maybe he did marry you willingly, but only because he couldn’t get the woman he really wanted. Whatever may have happened, you’re in a marriage with a man who doesn’t love you, and probably loves someone else.

Or maybe, you’re not yet married and are considering marrying a man who doesn’t love you — for money, security, babies, or whatever reason. Let’s look at a few things Leah came to know only too well.

7 Things to do Once You Find Out You’re Pregnant

Whether you’ve been desiring this baby, or the pregnancy came as a surprise, as long as you intend to have an enjoyable pregnancy (well, as enjoyable as pregnancy can be!), and give birth to a healthy baby, there are things you need to get started with as soon as possible:

  1. Start taking your prenatal vitamins immediately. Your child will be using up what your body has, so you need to replenish or your body will suffer. If you’ve been trying to conceive, you may have been on a combination of vitamins, or at least on folic acid. Otherwise, once you see a doctor you’ll be given calcium, iron, and folic acid. However, even before you start seeing an OB/GYN you can and should start taking folic acid immediately. Doctors advise women who are planning to get pregnant to start taking folic acid supplements about 3 to 6 months before conception; not just when you get pregnant. Taking your folic acid before and early on in pregnancy can reduce risk of brain and spine birth defects by up to 70 percent.

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12 Interesting Things I’ve Learnt About Drinking Water

The first time I became conscious of my ridiculously poor water drinking habit was in 2005 when I was a corps member. I taught in a school and lived in the corpers’ lodge with other corps members, and every Saturday when the pure water company came by with their truck, we would go out to buy bags of water.

A few weeks after we started this, I noticed that the others bought more bags every week, while I would go weeks without needing to buy. It didn’t take long before my colleagues noticed, and, feeling self-conscious and a bit embarrassed, I decided to pay attention to my water drinking habits. What I found shocked me. One sachet of pure water for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Not one for each meal; one for three meals. Read more…

5 Questions To Ask Yourself About Your Toddler’s Tantrums

Toddler tantrums can be a nightmare, especially in public. One minute everything is fine and the next, your little one is screaming her head off, crying and twisting and writhing. You’re embarrassed at this behaviour, and you’re wondering whether you’re actually raising a spoilt brat. Take heart; you are not alone. Here are a few questions that will help both you and your child navigate this phase. Continue reading…

7 Things Women Should Know About Having Kids Later

There are many reasons why a woman may be having her first baby in her mid or late thirties. Many women would rather have children after marriage, and the wedding bells don’t always ring when we’d like. Others try to conceive for years and it doesn’t happen until later, due to fertility issues (their own or their partner’s).

Whatever the reason may be, the fact remains that a woman may find herself still trying to conceive later than desired, and there are certain things she should keep in mind so as to better understand what’s going on, what her options are, and how she can make the best of it all. The point is not to panic or feel pressured, but to be informed. Read more…

 

 

12 Ways To Prepare Your Only Child For A Sibling

The story I’m about to share makes me chuckle every time I remember it. A few months ago, I had cause to take a pregnancy test and I didn’t want to go alone so I asked a friend to accompany me. We’re both mothers of one; I have a son and she has a daughter.

When we got to the health centre, I asked her to please just take a test too so I wouldn’t be the only one (you can tell I was really in need of that moral support, right?) and she graciously obliged. When the results came out, I wasn’t pregnant…but she was! Talk about a shocker! Whoop! Automatic godmother right here, people!

I’ve decided to start playing my role now by sharing some tips that can help prepare a toddler to be a big sister. This is for you, B! Read more…

What Parents-To-Be Should Know About Preeclampsia

A smooth pregnancy, free of complications, is what we all pray for. However, life happens sometimes, and it’s in the best interest of mum, dad and baby to be aware of possible complications in pregnancy, and how they can be avoided.

Before I got pregnant, I had no idea what preeclampsia was, or that a person could develop high blood pressure in pregnancy without any history of hypertension. By the time I had overcome preeclampsia, I knew more about it than I could ever have imagined. Here are just a few things every expecting parent should know about preeclampsia:

  • Preeclampsia is the most common complication that can occur in a pregnancy, affecting 1 in every 20 pregnancies.

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