Pregnancy

 

Getting Ready

Bee-utiful, or un-bee-lieveable? US woman's honeybee maternity shoot sets the internet abuzz

"This isn’t just a photo of a woman with honeybees on her belly," Texan mom Bethany writes.

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.

Foetal development

Have you felt your baby move yet? Look out for a flutter under your heart

Have you felt your baby move yet? Colette du Plessis answers all your questions relating to how your baby moves in the womb.

Getting Ready

'Midwives are using technology solutions': The future of maternity care post-Covid

"Our midwives are using all available technology solutions to stay in touch with patients, including telephony and social media platforms."

Getting Ready

The first-time dad guide: Everything you need to know before welcoming your little one

Difficulties associated with making the transition to fatherhood are often underestimated – the truth is that changes are just as radical for fathers as they are for mothers.

Pregnancy

Transgender man expecting his second child after falling pregnant by 'happy accident'

A transgender man is pregnant with his second child, despite backlash from strangers when he was expecting his first baby.

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

'Seahorse dad' shares incredible photos as he births his 3rd baby

"I know how meaningful images like this could have been for me before my first pregnancy and how meaningful it is for me to see images of fellow birthing trans and non binary people to this day."

Birth

'Our very first little miracle he had to meet via a video call': First-time mom shares her lockdown 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."

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.

Parenting

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."
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