Nature versus nurture: the importance of potential

Your child is born with a particular genetic make-up, but that’s not the sole determining factor of his future. The way you raise him can help him to reach his full potential, writes educator Nadia Scrooby. Becoming a family is not only about having children, it is...

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Why do I feel this way?

Pregnancy isn’t just the physical changes to your body as the baby grows. It also plays havoc with your emotions. Clinical psychologist Michelle Nortje gives you the lowdown on what to expect. During pregnancy woman often experience a myriad of emotions, from intense...

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What to expect from a home birth

Not everyone wants to bring their little one into the world under the glare of hospital lights. Natalie Nelson speaks to two midwives to find out what home births are all about. A big congratulations on your pregnancy, mommy-to-be! Now is the best time to consider...

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To Keep or Not to Keep – That is the Question

Most new moms want to keep everything involving the birth and the first few years of their precious little ones’ lives: from tiny locks of hair (acceptable) to nail clippings and their first lip ‘peel’ (not acceptable). What are the most notable keepsakes? Here are a...

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Pregnancy Pilates – What are the benefits?

Keeping fit is important when you’re pregnant. Pilates instructor Lee Zylstra explains why this is a great form of exercise for pregnant women. Pilates and pregnancy go together exceptionally well, as the areas we focus on are stamina, flexibility, breathing...

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Room to Grow: Ideas for decorating your nursery

Creating a nursery is a wonderful journey. Kerry Hayes explores how to plan nursery décor that can evolve as your baby grows. Setting up your baby’s nursery is one of the most wonderful and rewarding experiences of parenthood – paging through magazine spreads or...

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The Birth Plan: preparation or wishful thinking

The Birth Plan: preparation or wishful thinking Preparing for your baby with a birth plan is a great way to instil a sense of control over how your little one arrives into the world. However, Natalie Nelson suggests a flexible mindset when designing your birth plan....

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More than Morning Sickness

When the morning sickness doesn’t go away, hyperemesis gravidarum could be at play. Registered nurse, lactation consultant and childbirth educator Samantha Crompton explains exactly what this condition is and how to treat it. “I was very excited when I found out I was...

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