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Living and Loving April 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.
building a winning team!

During the weekend, President Donald Trump came up in the conversation and I was reminded of The Apprentice, the TV show he featured in some years ago. It brought to mind a particular episode I’d watched where one of the contestants was asked to leave. Obviously disappointed at having being fired by the infamous Mr Trump, I remember how she responded. She said the experience had taught her she didn’t suit being a team player, and that her best option would be to go it alone… Brave words, I think. While some of us might flourish without a team, I believe it's far from ideal – we all need support. Neil Armstrong may well have been the first man to walk on the moon, but he was part of an army…

2 min.
you said it...

Bedtime family time! The most wonderful time of the day is the time after supper and bath time are done and it’s time to play. This is when we talk through the day and share all the experiences we had that day. The children are relaxed, we are relaxed and they share all their feelings, excitement and disppointments with us while playing with their favourite toys. We banned the TV from our house two years ago and now find we have so much more time to spend together. At first, it was hard. But after two weeks or so, we had a new routine and our family began benefitting from it. When it’s bedtime, the children choose their storybook and we read with them. This is also when new dreams get wings, and…

1 min.
we asked you on facebook…

If you were given two hours of free time, what would you do? “I love my kids, but I would just make a meal and eat it while it’s still warm - especially a cup of coffee.” Keeditseng Sefotlhelo “Go out for a meal, miss my little one terribly and never leave him again.” Nalisha Rikhilal “My three-year-old toddler and twins are a handful, so I would sleep. But I would miss them.” Daleen Willis “Probably go on a long-overdue date with my husband.” Myrna Petersen “Play computer games.” Jeanette Els…

1 min.

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2 min.
pregnancy notes

New programme launched to help end maternal deaths “Despite significant progress made over the past few years, South Africa’s maternal mortality figures remain high at 116.9 per 100 000,” says Sunet Jordaan, project manager at MSD for Mothers. She adds it’s estimated 40% of all maternal deaths are avoidable and related to community, administrative and clinical factors. “The lack of antenatal care, being pregnant over the age of 35 or younger than 18 years, and inadequate or delayed transport to clinics and hospitals during distressed labour increases the risk of maternal mortality.” These high numbers have led to MSD for Mothers awarding a second grant to South Africa for 2019. The first grant was awarded to non-governmental organisation Foundation for Professional Development (FPD) to implement an Obstetric Emergencies Training Programme to improve…

3 min.
popular baby name predictions for 2019

The Shakespearean line, “What’s in a name?” from Romeo and Juliet, couldn’t resonate more with expectant parents. Choosing a name for your little one is an important task, yet it can become tedious as you sift through endless books and lists, only to realise how many names you dislike. You’ll be saying this name at least 20 times a day, so the time and effort put into finding the perfect fit is well worth it. These were the most popular baby names globally in 2018 A report on motherly.com noted that the following were the most frequently clicked-on names on naming expert site, Nameberry: GIRLS: • Olivia • Amara • Cora • Isla • Charlotte • Aurora • Amelia • Rose • Ava • Genevieve BOYS: • Atticus • Milo • Jasper • Jack • Asher • Silas • Theodore • Wyatt • Henry • Declan Proudly South African If you’re not a fan of the latest…