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Living and Loving February 2019

Living and Loving Magazine is South Africa’s most trusted source of parenting information from conception to pregnancy, through birth and the baby years. In our fast-paced, modern world, the challenges facing mothers are greater than they’ve ever been, and we’re there to support them every step of their journey. Each month we pack the magazine full of sensible advice and the most up-to-date information from a panel of over 25 of South Africa’s leading baby and child experts.

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2 min
pregnancy notes

Preventing premature births In 2014, it was estimated that 10.6% of live births globally were preterm and Asian and sub-Saharan African countries accounted for 81.1% of these. A study published in The Lancet and co-authored by staff from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Human Reproduction Programme (HRP) underlines the importance of safeguarding the health and wellbeing of all women and their babies throughout life by ensuring access to high-quality and respectful healthcare services. While many preterm babies survive in high-income countries, their low- and middle-income counterparts have a lack of adequate newborn care that puts their lives at risk. While the causes of preterm births are complex, there are a variety of preventative measures that can be put in place. The WHO recommends key interventions, including counselling on healthy diet and…

1 min
5 ways to deal with your supersensitive nose

MAKE YOUR FRIDGE A SAFE-SMELL ZONE Place a cup of bicarbonate of soda in it to neutralise nasty odours, and seal strong-smelling foods in airtight boxes. Try the Addis Clip & Seal two-piece food saver set, R129, Makro. DISCOVER YOUR SMELL CRAVINGS Experiment to find what smells you like – they might be different to those you enjoyed pre-pregnancy. Most moms-to-be find the fragrance of ginger, mint and lemon soothing. CARRY AN EMERGENCY SMELL-SAVER! If nasty sniffs make you feel nauseous, find a smell you can tolerate and carry it with you to reach for when something unpleasant strikes. A scented lip-balm makes a convenient pocket-sized capsule of scent. Try Lulu & Marula Mint Lip Balm, R60, ohbaby.co.za. SWITCH TO NATURAL PRODUCTS Switch to fragrance-free alternatives, and microfibre cleaning cloths can mean an…

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petite pastels


2 min
fabulous giveaways

PREGNANCY SKINCARE SOLUTION Bio-Oil Skincare Oil is the world’s leading scar and stretch mark product. Clinically proven to minimise the appearance of pregnancy stretch marks, Bio-Oil Skincare Oil harnesses the power of science and nature to effectively treat and target scars, pigmentation and dryness experienced pre and post-pregnancy. In celebration of Pregnancy Education Month, these hampers include a handy nursery caddy, a baby bath towel, a soft toy, organic cotton muslin swaddle, baby scan album, nappies, a grey pouch and four bottles of Bio-Oil Skincare Oil. BIO-OIL IS GIVING AWAY TWO HAMPERS WORTH R1 900 EACH. KEYWORD: SKINCAREFEB ENHANCE YOUR BEAUTY HANNON offers an extensive range that includes products like the Colour Blend lipsticks and lip glosses, eyeshadow palettes, gel and liquid liners, and more. Each product offers vibrant hues that stay put throughout the…

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FIND EXPERT ADVICE ON... Pregnancy Birth and labour Newborn sleep Hot right now! Top stories 7 factors that increase your chances of having twins 25 foods you should include in your pregnancy diet 5 ways to reduce shortness of breath during the third trimester 7 genius hacks to turn everyday clothes into maternity wear 10 cool-down tips every pregnant woman should know 5 SIGNS OF APPROACHING LABOUR 6 SURPRISING PREGNANCY SYMPTOMS – FOR DADS 7 TIPS TO WEAN YOUR TODDLER OFF THE BEDTIME BOTTLE WIN DON’T MISS OUR MONTHLY GIVEAWAYS.WE HAVE SUPER PRIZES UP FOR GRABS. SIGN UP TO OUR FREE WEEKLY NEWSLETTER You’ll get the latest giveaways, baby articles, pregnancy advice and other relevant parenting information delivered straight to your inbox. Easy-to-use tools Baby names and their meanings Pregnancy week by week Due-date calculator Ovulation calculator Fun gender predictor quiz We’re on Instagram! Follow us @livingandlovingmagazine…

5 min
mighty microgreens

From the second you conceive, your body kicks into high gear to ensure your unborn baby will be nourished, protected, and ready to grow and thrive in the best possible environment. This also means your nutrient requirements increase throughout pregnancy and breastfeeding. The challenge during pregnancy is to get enough nutrients for yourself and your growing baby, says clinical paediatric dietician Kath Megaw. “Pregnant women need an adequate amount of macro nutrients (those needed in large amounts) and micro nutrients, which are needed in smaller amounts,” she adds. Of course, antioxidants and phytonutrients from plants are important, too, as they keep your immune system strong. But with morning sickness, an ever-growing belly, fatigue and generally feeling uncomfortable, it’s sometimes difficult to eat well throughout pregnancy and get all the nutrients you need.…