Product Review Roundup: Four Moms Try Out Chela Preg

Deep within the womb of a pregnant woman, a little heart beats. A little baby is taking in everything that their mother eats. To protect herself and grow her baby, the pregnant lady takes a prenatal vitamin to ensure that the baby gets every vitamin and mineral it needs to build a healthy body, and to care for her body too. We’ve already looked at an overview of Chela Preg, as well as a more detailed look at what’s inside their supplements. Today we look at three South African mom bloggers who tested out these pills. What did they think? And was there any reaction in their bodies? Let’s take a look.

I thought I’d start off with quoting Catherine, who blogs at Boots in the Big City, and you can read her full post on Chela Preg here

I’ve always been a fairly healthy person and always try to eat a relatively healthy, balanced diet. Since falling pregnant though, I’ve become a lot more aware of what I’m putting in my body and making sure that my little bean is getting enough vital nutrients to help them grow and develop. I’m still all about moderation and wouldn’t be giving up my chocolate or rusks anytime soon, but when it comes to meals, I give more thought to the ingredients on my plate. The fact that everything I eat goes straight to my baby quite simply blows my mind! Despite all of this, pregnancy is the most nutritionally demanding time in a women’s life and it is difficult to ensure that you are getting the required amounts of iron, omega 3 and folic acid that are so crucial for your baby’s development. Being a vegetarian makes it even more of a challenge for me to get all the nutrients from the foods I’m eating and so including a good prenatal vitamin is a vital part of my daily routine. 

I think she really sums up the why of prenatal vitamins, how important it is to put the right stuff in your body while you are pregnant. 

She also took some stunning pictures of the beautiful bottles and vitamins. 

Belinda, from Tassles and Tigers, took the box along to her gynaecologist for a professional opinion.  Read her full post here. The thing that she was impressed with was the way the tablet split the iron and calcium between a morning and evening pill.

Although it may seem like a schlep to remember taking your prenatal vitamins in the morning and the evening, and two of them at that, there’s a very good reason for this and it’s not that they couldn’t fit all the vitamins and minerals into one tablet.

During pregnancy, your baby needs both calcium and iron. Calcium of course for healthy teeth, bone, muscle and heart development and iron for brain development. Most prenatal vitamins contain both of these. This is great, but not many people know that calcium actually interferes with the absorption of iron.  Which is not great at all as iron deficiencies have been linked to anaemia during pregnancy and even autism in babies (not my claim – just passing on speculative information that may or may not be accurate here).

To solve this issue, Chela-Preg splits the calcium and iron into morning and evening tablets.  This also allows them to include the Omega 3 in the evening tablet, where it is less likely to cause or worsen pregnancy nausea.

Kim, who blogs at Muller Kids, (read her post here) had this to say.

I love the packaging of the supplements, and that there is a morning and evening dose. It’s also quite reasonably priced and I think it’s great value for money.

Lastly, Sophie, who blogs at Mumming and Modeling,  shares with us in her post here how she felt better and how it is more cost effective:

I just liked the idea of the tablets being formulated specifically (I’m a nerd like that, sometimes) and I honestly didn’t know if I’d feel any different after changing them over. And, of course, we’ll probably (hopefully?) never know if any one brand of vitamin does any harm, or has any benefits, more than the other. However – I can say I’ve felt pretty good since using it (who knows if that’s a placebo effect?) AND it’s cheaper than the leading brands – and I mean, MUCH cheaper – the leading brand of prenatal supplements costs R208 per 30-day pack. Chela Preg Trimester 123 costs R600 for the entire 9 months or so of pregnancy. It’s a no-brainer, for cost effectiveness if nothing else.

 

So what was the physical effect on the SA mom bloggers?

 

 

  1.  Take morning supplements with your food and other tips

Kim, who had not been taking any prenatal supplement up until now, shared this:

 

I found that I had to take the morning dosage after I’d eaten something. The one time I didn’t, I was nauseated for most of that day. The evening dosage has a nice softer coating, making it easier to swallow. 

Catherine agrees about taking your morning tablet after food: 

My morning vitamins often make me feel quite queasy so I’d recommend you take it with food or after your breakfast and definitely not on an empty stomach! I do like these evening capsules as they are much smaller and coated which makes them a lot easier to swallow.

Sophie, who doesn’t like taking tablets, has this to suggest:

There are 4 tablets to take a day in trimester 3. This is, admittedly, a slight struggle for me – I had to have the copper loop inserted at 12 weeks pregnant, as I couldn’t handle taking the mini-pill at the same time every day – so these were a bit of a nightmare to get used to! I found placing them next to the glass cupboard helped, so that I’d see them getting my morning juice, and in the evenings getting my dinner drink. So far so good!

2. No constipation and reflux

Says Catherine: 

As with all supplements, there can be side effects and a well-known one for prenatal vitamins is constipation (this is often from the increased iron) but I luckily haven’t suffered from this at all despite having to take additional iron tablets. 

Belinda agrees:

I did, however, have one instant observation, which was the complete absence of pregnancy constipation.  (Let’s not beat around the bush and talk about keeping it regular etc.)  I can only assume this is due to the specifically low-constipating and low-nauseating chelated iron, Ferrochel (the trademark ingredient that lends the supplement its name).

Sophie says:

I am now 2 weeks into trimester 3 of Chela Preg. So far, I’m liking it. Now, I’m no scientist, so I can’t claim that slightly less reflux is down to the different medication, or if it’s just a moving baby. If you believe in coincidence, then maybe it’s just that… or maybe not.

3. Energy levels are better

Kim says:

I haven’t been using the Chela-Preg™ trimester pack for a month yet but so far so good. Baby is growing well and I haven’t felt this great in a while…

I didn’t experience any negative side effects and only really enjoyed a slight increase in my energy levels and the knowledge that my baby is getting the vitamins and minerals it needs during this specific stage of pregnancy.

Catherine says: 

Another benefit from taking a good prenatal vitamin is that your energy levels should increase because your body is getting all the nutrients it needs – and yes, I know pregnancy in general is rather tiring but can you imagine if you not getting enough of what your body needs??

Sophie says:

I can say I’ve felt pretty good since using it. 

4. Less “pregnancy brain”

Belinda had another benefit for us.

Finally, and this could be purely because I have gotten used to it or stopped trying altogether, but I do seem to have better use of my brain of late.  That’s a reduction in pregnancy brain, for anyone who doesn’t know. 

 

So there you have it, folks. Our bloggers have tested out Chela Preg and found it beneficial not only to their baby but also to themselves.

These packs are available at DisChem, Clicks and leading pharmacies. Their recommended sales price is R211,72 (for Trimester 1),  R230,68 (for Trimester 2) and  251,22 (for Trimester 3). 

This post was sponsored by Chela Preg.

 

What You Need Inside Your Prenatal Vitamins

prenatal vitaminsLet’s not kid ourselves. Babies are a big industry. From the moment you fall pregnant the shelves are filled with all the “things” you need for your little one. So today I’m not going to talk about what you need for your baby. I’m going to talk about what you need to make that baby grow properly inside of you. The nutrition that it needs to prosper to the full extent. Don’t throw your precious money away on any old supplement. Get what you need from your prenatal vitamins. 

I’ve done extensive research on vitamins for pregnancy and food for fertility and you can read those posts on my blog at One Step at a Time. I listened to a lot of speakers at Fertility Conferences describe why they were needed and how they prepare your body for a baby. So without further ado here’s the most important things you need inside your tablets. Along the way I’ll also be mentioning a new offering on the market, Chela Preg, and let’s see how it shapes up. 

  1. Folic Acid.

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This is probably the most important one. Get it in your system even if you are trying to conceive. According to Toni Weschler, the author of Taking Charge of Your Fertility, taking this vitamin in the first 6 weeks can dramatically decrease your baby’s risk of neural tube defect, brain and spinal chord defects and spina bifida. This really isn’t a joke and I actually know someone that it happened to who did not take prenatal vitamins. Folic acid can also help prevent cleft palate (Sheila Kitzinger, The new Pregnancy and Childbirth)

If you look at the quantities in Chela Preg, you’ll see there is more of this in the first Trimester, when it is really needed. (It is called Quatrefolic Acid (a natural 5-MTHF folate form of folic acid). So it’s 500ug, 250ug and 250 ug respectively. What to Expect When You’re Expecting recommends between 400-600. 

2.Fish Oil. So this is your Omega 3 fatty acids. A lot of people take this just as a nutritious  

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Omega 3 fish oil capsules

supplement. Dr Marilyn Glenville, who I used to listen to at those fertility conferences, and who also wrote a book “Getting Pregnant Faster”, says that they boost your baby’s brain, eye and central nervous system development. They also help with preventing low birth rate and decrease the likelihood of premature birth or miscarriage because it prevents blood clotting inappropriately.  She says to avoid cod liver oil and rather take flax seed or linseed oils.

Chela Preg has 250, 200 and 300mg respectively for each trimester. You’ll see on the box it consists of a certain amount of DHA and EPA. (decosahexaenoic acid and essentail fatty acids) So it is good that you are getting both of them, which is what your baby needs. DHA is a baby brain booster according to What to Expect

3. Vitamin C. So Dr Glenville seems to think “You can never have enough Vitamin C”, well, I’m

sure there is a limit. But this is such a good immune booster (I still take it) and helps prevent you from getting sick. It also helps absorption of the other vitamins. 

You’ll find Vitamin C in Chela Preg 55mg, 42.5mg  and 42.5mg fpr each set of Chela Preg. (What to Expect says have 50-80mg)

4. Calcium. We know as women we need this for our bones and teeth. Something definitely to supplement as we get older too! For baby, they need it for their bones and teeth as well as nervous system and blood. 

Chela Preg has 250, 500 and 400mg for each trimester. Interesting that What to Expect When You’re Expecting recommends 250g and says if you want to take more it must be separate from the iron and you’ll see Chela Preg separates the two tablets so that you take your calcium in the morning and iron in the evening.  So that works well.  

5. Iron. I had to have a bit extra in my pregnancy (prescribed by my gynae) and it sure helps with fatigue. It’s probably not an essential but something you can get tested for. After I had the baby he made me stop because my levels were too high! So it’s important to test. 

You’ll see Chela Preg has Ferrochel Iron 10mg, 10mg and 12mg. This version is a gentle non-constipating chelated iron, for the formation of additional red blood cells to carry more oxygen to meet baby’s growing metabolic needs.

6. Zinc. Dr Glenville says that zinc is vital for fertility for hormone balance and sperm count plus  prevention of miscarriage. It ‘s also so important for growth and cell division in a foetus. You’ll notice that you’re zinc deficient, according to her,  if you have white spots on your nails, irregular periods and a poor sense of taste and smell. 

Kitzinger also references zinc for the contraction of muscles and it may prevent a long labour. 

Chela Preg has 3.4mg, 4.3mg and 3mg for each trimester. What to Expect suggests up to 15mg. 

7. Copper – nothing here from Dr Glenville, but it’s on What to Expect‘s list at 2mg. Chela Preg has 1mg, 1mg and 0.5mg. 

8 Selenium

Selenium has a protective effect on cell division. So it prevents chromosome breakage which is known to cause birth defects and miscarriages according to Dr Glenville. Not on What To Expect‘s list but Chela Preg has it at 60, 30 and 30 ug. 

9. Magnesium. Ok I can’t find this on Dr Glenville but What to Expect does mention it elsewhere for fighting constipation. 150, 150 and 75 mg for each trimester for Chela Preg. Kitzinger says it also helps prevent pre-eclmpsia; useful if you are prone to blood pressure problems like me. 

7. Vitamin A. What to Expect  is very vocal that your Vitamin A should not be more than 4000 IU. You’ll see Chela Preg has 2640, 1320 and 1320 for each trimester. The key difference is not to take the high doses of animal form of Vitamin A found in liver, rather take the safer vegetable forms (beta carotene) found in carrots, tomatoes, cabbage and broccoli, which most supplement manufacturers use. 

Vitamin A is an essential antioxidant which protects mucus membranes from infection and safeguards from mutations aays Dr Glenville. 

 

 

8. Vitamin B. 

vitamin B in pregnancy

Vitamin B6 aids in developing and maintaining your immune system and in preventing cancer, infection and damage to chromosomes. It helps with fertility in regulating your periods and women use it for PMS relief too.  It helps with morning sickness too and you’ll see there is extra in Chela Preg in the first trimester.( 30mg) then it goes down to 0.95mg for the other two. 

B12 is probably the most well known. It isn’t easily absorbed (according to Dr Glenville) so you need your meat as well. It is vital for cellular reproduction and it has been shown to reduce miscarriage too. Again there’s more in Trimester 1 for Chela Preg (26ug) (What to Expect says 2.6mg so that looks right) and then less for the other two (13 ug)

Chela Preg also has a whole whack of other B vitamins as well (B1 B2 B3 B5) so you’re pretty well covered when it comes to this vitamin. 

 

chela preg, prenatal vitamins, prenatal supplementsThere are more vitamins and minerals in Chela Preg but I think I’ve covered the basics. You’ll also find Vitamin E (in Trimesters 2 and 3) , Vitamin K, Biotin, Choline, Chromium, Iodine, Manganese and Molybdenum.

In conclusion I would say that the most important element of your prenatal vitamins is folic acid (not negotiable!). The other important factor is to work with your gynecologist on how you are feeling and he or she will take blood tests if necessary to see where you are deficient / over doing things and prescribe the necessary supplements.

Chela Preg packs are available at DisChem, Clicks and leading pharmacies. Their recommended sales price is R211,72 (for Trimester 1),  R230,68 (for Trimester 2) and  251,22 (for Trimester 3). 

This post is sponsored by Chela Preg. Read the overview on why they’ve divided the vitamins into three trimesters here. 

 

References:

What to Expect When You’re Expecting (2009) Heidi Murkoff, Simon & Schuster: London

Getting Pregnant Faster : Boost your fertility in just 3 months (2008) Dr Marilyn Glenville, Kyle Cathie Ltd:London

The new Pregnancy and Childbirth: Choices and Challenges (2008) Sheila Kitzinger , DK: London

Taking Charge of Your Fertility  (2006) Toni Weschler,Harper Colins: New York 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chela Preg: The Prenatal Vitamins that Adapt to your Growing Baby

pregnancy, prenatal vitaminsThere are a host of prenatal vitamins out there, and it can all be quite confusing the the mom to be, navigating all the options. Obviously you want to do the best for your baby and give them what they need. Chela Preg is a new offering on the market, and in this post we’ll share why this brand is one which grows with your baby, adapting to their needs.

The most noticeable trait about these vitamins is that they come in three trimester packs. That’s because each group of vitamins is uniquely designed to cater for your growing child’s needs every step of the way. 

Sometimes it’s frustrating to see a whole list of components on these packs and not have a clue why they are there. Here’s a breakdown on why you would be taking these sets of vitamins and how they would be helping your baby grow in an optimal way. 

Trimester One:

Your little one is barely a little speck inside you, but already it has a multitude of needs. Chella Preg’s first pack has 25 micronutrients which are working for the optimal growth of not just your fetus, but also your placenta. 

  • DHA-omega to boost your red blood cells and for the placenta development. 
  • Extra Vitamin B6 to reduce morning sickness
  • Gentle non-constipating chelated iron, Ferrochel, for the formation of extra red blood cells to carry more oxygen in preparation of the baby’s metabolic needs.
  • Quatrefolic, a natural 5-MTHF folate form of folic acid, which is better absorbed and essential for spinal chord closure (neural tube development)
  • No Vitamin E which is best avoided in the first trimester. 

Trimester Two:

Now it’s time for tissue and organ differentiation and development. This set contains 26 micronutrients. 

  • Extra DHA-omega to support the baby’s brain and nervous system development.
  • Additional calcium for skeletal development.
  • Vitamin E, extra vitamin C, choline and zinc for organ and tissue growth.
  • More Ferrochel, a gentle non-constipating chelated iron, for the formation of additional red blood cells to carry more oxygen to meet baby’s growing metabolic needs.

Trimester Three:

All systems go for a rapidly growing baby. 26 micronuritents for maximum micronutrition.

  • Maximum calcium for strong bones plus DHA-omega 3 for brain growth and for future heath, immunity and intelligence. 
  • Extra Ferrochel, a gentle non-constipating chelated iron, for the formation of extra red blood cells to carry more oxygen to meet the growing baby’s high metabolic needs.
  • More choline, a nutrient most important in the 3rd trimester for baby’s health and to help prevent diseases later in life.
  • Extra zinc, vitamin C and vitamin E to support rapid 3rd trimester cell division and tissue growth, and to reduce the risk of pregnancy complications.

pregnancy, prenatal vitamins

These packs are available at DisChem, Clicks and leading pharmacies. Their recommended sales price is R211,72 (for Trimester 1),  R230,68 (for Trimester 2) and  251,22 (for Trimester 3). 

Pregnancy already has so many things to think about, at least it’s good to know that the prenatal vitamins will be taken care of with Chela Preg.  So you can go back to planning your baby’s arrival. 

This post is sponsored by Chela Preg. 

Kids say the darndest things

It is International Children’s Day today.

International Children’s Day is observed on June 01, 2017. The World Conference for the Well-being of Children in Geneva, Switzerland, proclaimed June 1 to be International Children’s Day in 1925. After the conference, different governments around the world decided to declare a day as Children’s Day to draw attention to children’s issues. Many countries chose June 1, so this is the reason, why International Children’s Day takes place on June 1. This text has been taken from www.cute-calendar.com

So I decided it would be a great opportunity to focus on how cute children can be and put together a few of the funny things kids have said.

Aaron (when he was about 4, now 9)

Me: “Now wash your forehead!”

Aaron: “What’s my forehead?”

Me pointing to my head: “This is your forehead.”

Aaron: “Oh, the wavy lines GINA”

via GIPHY

Haylee-Turning 3: “Mommy I’m not a baby I’m a girly.”

Blake once when saying goodbye : “See you later escalator .”World Childrens Day|SA Mom Blogs

Sarah-Jane started talking and must have had a vocabulary of only 10-15 words when my husband walked in one evening and she said: “Hi Babes!”

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Emily 2.5:

I said to her this morning, “You are beautiful.”

She says: “I am not beautiful, I am a hamster!”

Aidan 4y1m.

I had to give him a suppository for fever : “How is this is supposed to be better zactly, you should have put it in my mouth it would find its way to my bum.”

J* is 5: “Mom, it’s easy to have a baby, but it’s not easy to babysit a baby.” Shared by MomOfTwoLittleGirlsWorld Childrens Day|SA Mom Blogs

Emilie (then 3 now 10): “Mom you are the best cooker in all the land.” (On being presented with 2min noodles). Shared by Venean

Mira age 3. “I want to be a scientist”

“What kind of scientist?” I asked.

“A mad one.”

I asked my son: “Do I look beautiful?”

He says back: “You look like a mommy.”World Childrens Day|SA Mom Blogs

James – age 5 at the time. “May I please have a cookie for safekeeping in my tummy?”

Zach age 4. “The boy with asparagus is a kind, clever boy” (Aspergers syndrome)

My son Joshua has been in hospital quite a few times in his life. It would always be a treat for him to go to the vending machine within the hospital. I remember the one morning him asking if he could go to the “falling fridge” to get something…. so cute as he did not know what it was called. I think he was about 5 years old at the timeWorld Childrens Day|SA Mom Blogs

When my son was 5 we went to the parking machine to pay for the ticket and when the machine gave the change he shouted: “We won, we won!”

What cute things have your little ones said?

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Teen Motherhood is still Motherhood

This is a sponsored post written by Angela Starr from addictions.com.

I was 17 when I found out I was pregnant. It was not news I was happy to hear. In all honestly, I didn’t know how to process it. I had known teen mothers at my high school, but I didn’t feel like them. None of my friends were even having sex that I knew of and I had never told anyone I was because I didn’t really want to be. I was scared about the pregnancy, but I was also upset that it gave everyone an entrance into my sex life. That was what worried me, to begin with.

I had left high school before I got pregnant because I wasn’t being taught as much as I wanted to learn. I knew I was going to community college and that I would go on to a four-year school, so what was the point in having a diploma? This meant I was a teen mother and a high school drop-out. I am extremely privileged that both of my parents supported me in having a baby. They weren’t thrilled initially, but it felt like the best decision that could be made.

With the help of my mother, I made it to all my pre-natal appointments. I took birthing classes. I bought a crib. I worked at the beginning of my pregnancy and attended college toward the end of it. My boyfriend had left me a letter stating that he would be back when the baby was a year old and he left. I was doing all of the things I knew how to do as a teenager to be a good mom. I read all the parenting books I could get, and I listened to and followed my parent’s advice.

I gave birth to my son on October 31, 1995. My labor was induced and it was an easy delivery in comparison to the horror stories I would later hear. But, they took my son away and they didn’t bring him back. As I drifted to sleep on a wave of post-delivery painkillers, a doctor woke me up demanding to know if I had done any drugs while pregnant. I hadn’t. I didn’t smoke, drink, or use drugs. They suspected my baby had hepatitis, and they would be keeping him in the nursery and giving him treatment for it as they waited for test results to come in.

I was so committed to breastfeeding that my mother got the hospital to rent us an empty room near the nursery where I slept after I was discharged. The nurses taking care of my son would call me when he needed to eat and I would drag myself over to his little bassinet and nurse him. He was in the hospital for days and I showed up every time he was hungry. It didn’t feel like there was any alternative. I had to be there for him.

My son is an adult now and I am so proud of him, but I am also proud of me. I single handedly raised my child and I earned my BA and my MA. I may have been young when I got pregnant, but I did better than a lot of women much older than I was. I wouldn’t let anything stop me.

 

 Angela Starr graduated from Washington State University with an MA in English and went on to teach college writing and to work in college writing centers. Now, she puts what she used to teach into action as a writer. She shares an apartment with her son and 3 adorable, yet annoying, cats. Basically her writing focuses on addictions, abusive behavior and other trending topics in the community.

 

Reasons why you need to vaccinate your child

It was Africa vaccination week on the 24 April. Vaccinations are one of those topics that often divide moms but in a continent like Africa especially, they are not an option.

Immunization currently averts an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year. It averts an estimated 2 to 3 million deaths every year. An additional 1.5 million deaths could be avoided, however, if global vaccination coverage improves. In 2015, an estimated 7.8 million children under the age of one in the African Region were un/under vaccinated in the AFR. sourceVaccination Week|SA Mom Blogs

We have put together a few reasons why you should vaccinate your child. All four of my children have had chicken pox. The younger two got it through school which resulted in basically everyone getting it. It was not a fun time for us as parents, the children or the teachers. 

Vaccinating your child can save  their life.

Vaccines are quick, safe and effective. Yes there are sometimes a few side effects but they seldom last longer than 24 hours.

Getting your child vaccinated can save you time and money.  When my kids had chicken pox, I had to take time off work with the older two. There were Dr’s visits, meds etc. These far outweighed the cost of the actual vaccine. Vaccination Week|SA Mom Blogs

It is pretty easy to get your child vaccinated today and while some medicals don’t cover them, you can get the government vaccines done at Dischem or Clicks for a small admin fee. Remember the more people who vaccinate their children the less likely the risk of an outbreak of something like measles is.

This is a great post on what to expect when you take your newborn for their first vaccinations. 

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That time my mother-in-law broke her hip in Russia (Why you need travel insurance)

 

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Pain. Agony gripped her hip as she lay on the bathroom floor.

All she was trying to do was figure out the Russian shower handles. Confounded things. And then the mat had gone one way and she had gone another, her head narrowly missing the toilet seat. But her hip connected with the floor.

Merle lay there calling for help until her husband helped her to the bed.

They were in a Russian town called Mougorob. Between St Petersburg and Moscow on a tour. Her husband, Tony tried to phone out from the room unsuccessfully. Merle survived on painkillers and got through that Saturday night somehow.

The next morning Tony met with the tour operator in the foyer of the hotel, where they managed to dial out to the insurance and medical assistance. They were told that Moscow would be a better place to receive the care that was needed.  The tour was headed that way anyway. Merle, together with her painful hip, clambered back on the bus. It was an excruciating trip that lasted one day.

Once in Moscow, Merle was admitted to hospital on the Monday morning. It had been a long hall but at last she received the attention she needed. They allowed Tony to move into the hospital to be with her the next day. After figuring out what would be best, to have the hip replacement operation in Russia or in SA, they decided to go ahead with the operation two days later.

About two weeks later they returned to SA, accompanied by a doctor on the airplane. This was also a long trip via Dubai and Cape Town before they returned home to East London.

A terrible ordeal it was for both of them, but the important lesson they took away from this experience was: travel insurance is just not negotiable. You simply cannot afford to go overseas without it; in fact it was a compulsory portion they had to pay for as part of their tour through the travel agent. Everything was paid for by the insurance. They only had to pay in an excess of R1000.

It’s very easy to buy Medifin Travel Insurance. In just a few clicks you can go online, get a quote and buy your insurance policy. Within minutes the policy documents will be emailed to you.

MediFin has Medifin Travel insurance which will protect you in a medical emergency and cover the loss of your personal effects. You can choose from a premium to a basic insurance cover when travelling. Find out more here.

Your holiday should be a carefree time to relax. You deserve that. And when that mat slips from underneath your feet, you will have the security of knowing that all your medical expenses will be taken care of.

 

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Pregnancy Survival Guide

While being pregnant is a magical, special time, not all expectant mothers are prepared for just how their body transforms during the 9 months they are pregnant. Each trimester brings with it a new set of changes and challenges. We have put together a survival guide for pregnant moms to make their pregnancy easier so you will have time to enjoy being pregnant.Pregnancy Survival Guide|SA Mom Blogs

Rest. The first trimester is often characterised by an exhaustion only another pregnant mother will understand. It does get a little bit easier during the 2nd trimester but returns during the last few weeks. Listen to your body and rest as much as you can.

Get Comfortable. Once your tummy starts expanding it will become increasingly uncomfortable to wear your regular clothes, especially those with restricting waistbands. Find clothes that are comfortable and allow your belly space to expand. It might also be a good idea to swap your high heels for a more comfortable option, especially if you are on your feet all day.

Stay active. There are a lot of safe exercises you can still do while you are pregnant, like yoga and Pilates. It is important to try stay as active as possible, even if it is just a walk around the block every afternoon.

Eat well. You don’t need to increase your calorie intake for the first 6 months of your pregnancy and after that an increase of around 200 calories will be fine. Make sure though, that you are eating healthy balanced meals that include fresh fruit and veg and good proteins that contain the vitamins you and your baby need. Try to cut back on the amount of caffeine you drink daily.

Take your vitamins. Ask your health care provider to recommend a good pregnancy multivitamin that you can take during your pregnancy. It should ideally contain folic acid and Vitamin D.

Ditch the stress. It is normal to worry while you are pregnant but try to focus on the positive. If you are worried about something, ask your midwife or gynae about it but try not to overthink every ache and pain (because there will be a few).

The most important thing to focus on while you are pregnant is enjoying the experience while you look after yourself and your unborn child.

Pampers has a dedicated pregnancy section where you will find out everything you need to know about pregnancy.

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What would you do when your medical aid won’t assist you for the operation that you need?

As South Africans we have come to accept that our medical aid doesn’t always help us for everything. Sure, in an emergency, they are there for life threatening situations. But what about those times when you really need an elective surgery and you have no idea how you are going to pay for it?

I know I put off fertility treatment because of the exorbitant cost of IVF. When we finally decided to do it I was 38, not a great age, but maybe we knew time was running out. We took money out of the bond to pay for a procedure that should be covered, but it was not. In the end we were lucky. I was pregnant the week we were meant to start. 

Did you know that up to 15% of South Africans experience infertility? These are many people who need to have a family, but don’t always have the funds to proceed with the treatments.

Other examples of elective (non- emergency) surgeries are cosmetic. If you had an awful nose, wouldn’t you want to do something about it? And how would you pay for that?

I still have a gap in my teeth where an implant should be. Even on a comprehensive medical aid, I’m not sure that is covered. Or if it is just going to drain my medical savings account.

There is a company which has looked at this problem of where medical aids fall short and come up with a solution. Medifin is in the business of financing your dreams. Instead of turning you away, they will work out a way to make that procedure happen.  With one simple credit application and affordable rates and terms you will be in for a great sense of relief with their compassionate customer service.

They are founded by two SA entrepreneurs who have over 20 years experience in financial services. They started off in the Western Cape in 2012 (the same year that Nicky was born) and by the following year had spread to Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

If you’re looking for a way to make an operation happen that is important to you and will make a difference to your life, you have the choice to make it happen.

Sometimes we put these things off for too long and we look back and wish we had done it sooner. I do wish I was younger and could go for  IVF.

Don’t live with regrets.

Go to Medifin’s website and apply here.

This post was sponsored by Medifin.

All your baby skin care questions answered.

It can be so tempting to want to bath your baby in all the gorgeous smelling baby products you received and use all the creams and powders, but does your baby really need it all? Probably not because a baby actually needs very little in terms of a skin care routine. We answer some of the questions mom may have about their babies skin care.Skin Care|SA Mom Blogs

My newborn has pimples? 

Many newborns are born with what looks like little pimples all over their face, it can also develop in the first month. These little red bumps are caused by the mothers hormones that are working their way out of the babies body. These bumps are not pimples and should not be squeezed, in fact you can just leave them, they will eventually clear up.

Can my newborn have a bubble bath?

Your little one’s skin is sensitive so try to use more organic, natural products and don’t over do it. Bathing your newborn is a great way to calm them and is also a good way to expose your little one to new textures but be careful not to use too many products on your babies skin. In those early days, you can just wipe them down with a warm facecloth. If you do use soaps and washes, chose ones that are unscented.

Try to avoid using a range of products, stick to one brand, so that if your baby does have a reaction you know which one it is and can stop using it.

Should I use creams to moisturise my babies skin?

Once again, be careful what creams you apply to your babies skin. While they may make your baby smell absolutely divine, they may not be necessary. Use a little bit of cream after your babies bath to massage them before bedtime but don’t over do it. We used unscented aqueous cream which worked really well.

Do not apply a bum cream if your baby does not have a nappy rash. If they do have a rash, make sure their bum is completely dry before you apply the cream.

Sunscreen – yes or no?

Sunscreen in South Africa is always a yes except on your newborn. It is not recommended that you put sunscreen on your baby until they are 6 months old, so try to avoid taking your newborn out into the harsh mid day sun and if you have to, dress them in protective clothing and keep them in the shade. 

What detergents must I use to wash my babies clothes in?

You do get detergents specifically for babies but you can use normal washing powders. If your baby does seem to have a reaction, then you can look at changing the soap you are using.  I used normal washing powders for all four of my kids and they were fine. 

Overall when it comes to skin care for babies “less is better” because if they do have a reaction then it is easy to eliminate products to figure out which one is causing the reaction. 

This post was sponsored by Pampers.  You can follow them on Facebook and YouTube.

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