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'I heard cries from my husband over the phone': First-time mom shares her heartbreaking birth story

"I am all in favour of safety during this time but to take away an opportunity like this? I know there are more women in my position, and we will never be able to get that time back."

Pregnancy

Welcome to the PREGNANCY hub, where you'll find all our pregnancy information in one place

Parent24's pregnancy hub has been compiled to guide you through every step of this beautiful pregnancy journey, from conception to birth and beyond.

Birth

'I saw the twins for about 15 minutes': Local dad shares heartbreaking story of premature birth during lockdown

"At 07:10 and 07:11 the twins were born. I was part of this whole process as a dad for only 2 hours."

Birth

'I had twins the week before lockdown': Giving birth amid the Covid-19 pandemic

This first-time mom gave birth to two little boys, but she wasn't prepared for the added stress of coronavirus too.

Baby names

Did Elon Musk and singer Grimes really name their newborn baby X Æ A-12?

Apparently it's "just X, the letter X, then the Æ is Ash, then A-12".

Fun

WATCH: Gigi Hadid says she wants a big brood and might just quit modelling for motherhood

"I think that as I get older... well one day I'll start a family and I don't know if I will always be modelling. .. But who knows? Maybe I'll take up full-time cooking!"

Pregnancy health

Africa can’t let maternity care slide during the coronavirus pandemic

Amid global commitments to defeat, or at least minimise, the pervasive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact on the African continent remains unclear.

Getting Ready

Pregnant in a recession? Here's how to scale down

As your pregnant tummy grows during this lean economy, get used to the words “downscale” and “hand-me-downs”... they’ll get you through the tough times ahead. Here is some expert info to help you budget for your baby.

Education

First-time dad witnesses the birth of his son through a video call

If there’s one thing we’re all taking away from the coronavirus pandemic – it’s the connection we all share through the power of technology.

Birth

What drives abuse of women in childbirth? We asked those providing the care

Disrespect and abuse during childbirth are a violation of women’s human rights. Women deserve care that maintains their dignity, ensures their privacy and confidentiality and is free from mistreatment and discrimination.

Baby names

'Kindergarten 2026 roll call': From Covid Leigh to Kah'Rona to Pandemica

We know that some parents want their children to have a unique of a name as possible, but please parents, please not these!

Getting Ready

Baby due any day now? Here's everything you need to know

Pregnancy is already a tough journey, and the additional anxiety may have your mind racing with what-if questions.

Birth

Covid-19: Doulas and other non-essential workers no longer allowed to accompany labouring mothers in hospital

"We now have confirmation that all private and government hospitals have stopped allowing Doulas to accompany labouring moms until further notice due to the Covid-19 pandemic."

Fun

'What were you thinking?': These children's reactions to their parents' pregnancy announcements are hilarious

From rather intense gender disappointment to fear that they're about to be replaced, these "Not-So-Happy Pregnancy Announcements" are the pits.

Birth

'Life was not only about me anymore': A local couple shares the moments that made them the parents they are today

“Being a parent is not just about having a child. You have to connect with the baby."

Birth

During coronavirus hospital surge, a midwife recommends home birth

During a pandemic it soon becomes apparent what a bad idea it is to have healthy women and newborns in the same places and spaces as those who are unwell, and increasingly so as more get infected.

Birth

What happens if I go into labour during the national lockdown? A local expert advises

It is vital for expecting moms to check in with their gynaecologist or birthing team about their due date and specific requirements as soon as possible.

Pregnancy health

Coronavirus while pregnant or giving birth: here’s what you need to know

As COVID-19 is a new virus, we are learning more about it every day. As most pregnant women are young and generally healthy, they’re less likely to be severely affected (which is good news). But as there is also a baby to consider, the picture can be more complex.

Pregnancy health

Coronavirus: What pregnant women need to know

Pregnant women should take the same precautions as everyone else to avoid getting sick.

Birth

'Childbirth shouldn't be determined by insurance cover' says local Right to Birth movement

"In a case where delivery goes wrong, an obstetrician, who has an unlimited risk insurance cover, is more likely to be sued than a midwife."

Birth

'My baby is coming out!': What to do in an emergency birth situation

"Childbirth is a normal occurrence and in the majority of cases will progress uncomplicated; however, the experience remains daunting to the mother to be."

Getting Ready

Gabisile Tshabalala condemns workplace discrimination against pregnant women

Women are opening up about their experiences when it comes to workplace discrimination.

Pregnancy health

Are you a mom-to-be with a chronic illness? You need to read this

February is Reproductive Awareness Month! Here a local gynaecologist provides her top tips to moms-to-be with preexisting chronic conditions on how to reduce risk when expecting.

Pregnancy health

Study shows wearing makeup during pregnancy could cause kids to be overweight

Can make up and the daily use of moisturizer cause health and body weight issues for your unborn child?

Fun

IN PICS: Khloe Kardashian throws bestie Malika a brilliantly beige baby shower

The Kardashians are known for throwing the most lavish and over the top parties, and Malika's baby shower was no different.

Getting Ready

'Women need proper education regarding their choices on the birth of their baby'

Good care during pregnancy is important for the health of the mother and the development of the unborn baby. Pregnancy is a crucial time to promote healthy behaviour and parenting skills.

Pregnancy health

1-in-5 new mothers will experience depression before or after giving birth

As many as 1-in-5 new mothers will experience depression just before or after giving birth, at risk to their own health and the growth and development of their newborns.
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