Topic “bump & baby”

Pregnancy 101

Eight important conversations you should have before you contemplate children
Anél Lewis
New relationships are about candlelit dinners and intimate chats – usually about love, life and happily ever after. But there are some discussions you need to have before adding children to the mix.
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Bump on the move

Safety tips for pregnant drivers
Marina Zietsman
Many pregnant women believe a seatbelt and airbags can cause more harm than good to them in an accident. Car safety for unborn children still needs more research because foetal injury and death are rarely part of statistics, but Swedish car manufacturer Volvo has developed a virtual crash test dummy called Linda, which is of average size and approximately “36 weeks pregnant”. Linda simulates how a pregnant woman moves in a crash and how the foetus moves inside her.

It’s raining love

Whether you’re planning a trendy shower or a quiet sprinkle, baby showers should be about helping new moms prepare for the journey
Tamlyn Vincent
The food and drinks table decor is pink and white. So are the food and drinks. My friend balances gifts on what little is left of her lap, opening each to a chorus of “oohs” and “aahs”. At my own baby shower – a fun but anxious event – I was terrible at guessing who gave what. Why do we need to guess, anyway? And do we really need all those clothes, gadgets and toys?

This isn’t what I ordered

Coming to terms with gender disappointment in pregnancy
Sasha Cuff
In the dim light of the ultrasound room, the tension is tangible. Silenced by her concentration, I lie and wait as the sonographer steers the probe across my belly. She seeks out intricate details on her screen to determine if everything is as it should be with my developing baby. I squint at the monitor, trying to see what she is seeing but, aside from a distorted and bumpy jumble of shapes, I am lost.

Living with loss

The devastating psychological effects that miscarriage has on both partners
Glynis Horning
After an easy first pregnancy that produced a perfect son, I was breezing through my second until a 12-week checkup. “I’m sorry,” said the gynae softly, after a pause in our usual banter, “I can’t detect a heartbeat.” A scan confirmed I had miscarried. In a trance, I heard the nurse book a D and C (dilation and curettage) for the following day. Driving home to tell my husband, anguish poured from me in wracking sobs that frightened me and passing motorists.

Prepare for takeoff

Flying long distance with your baby can be a different experience each time
Cassandra Shaw
Certain that her five-month-old son would be “screeching like a banshee… not sleeping, not eating – just being a general gremlin” and that everyone on board would nominate her and her husband as “prime candidates for Worst Parents of the Year prize”, Irene Walker was not looking forward to flying overseas with her child. But, despite her worries, she found that it was much easier than she’d imagined.

Holiday Upheaval

How you can holiday without disrupting your baby’s developmental milestones
Ruwaydah Harris
Going on holiday requires good timing and, at times, thorough planning, especially if your baby is busy learning something new. Abandoning routine for the sake of enjoying a stress-free holiday may be tempting, but sticking to routine, as best you can, even when you’re away from home on a much-deserved family vacation, is important in your child’s development.

UIF and Maternity Rights

We look at how the UIF system can work best for pregnant women and new parents
Anél Lewis
There’s so much to think about when you’re pregnant, and top of the list, if you are working, is how much maternity leave you can take and whether you will get paid for the time that you’re at home with your baby.

Baby buzz

Some seasoned, and some not so seasoned, Child magazine parents share their tips for new parents
Tamlyn Vincent
Becoming a new parent is a wonderful experience, but as much as we would like them to, babies don’t come with a manual. They do come with plenty of advice and helpful tips, from friends and family, and even the little old lady you meet in the shop. One piece of advice I remember, is to listen to all the advice you get given, thank whoever is giving it, and use whatever feels right to you.

Baby Myths

Five common theories about babies weighed up
Lisa Witepski
1. Reading or playing music to your fetus will make your baby smarter – false
Prenatal sonic stimulation, the scientific term for playing music to your unborn child, is said to have many benefits, from improving your baby’s attention span to enhancing cognition and developing sound sleeping patterns.
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