Charly in 4D

Wonder, Learning & Decision-Making

I am blown away by technology on so many levels and the 4D scan yesterday was no exception – what an amazing experience! Some of you will have seen the video I posted, which is the perfect example of how 4D scans work. When it begins, the shadows make the image quite terrifying, but after a few seconds it shifts and you can clearly see her face emerge. How unbelievable is that? [Read more…]

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Downs, Ups & Antenatal Classes

As mentioned on social media, the past couple of weeks has been rough. A combination of our little girl growing like crazy and the stress that is putting on my body, with the Summer heat kicking in and insomnia mixed with heartburn and nausea, is taking its toll. I am also having to face some people from my past that I would rather avoid, just thinking about it is enough to get my pulse racing and my head pounding – but needs must. [Read more…]

The “Babymoon”

My husband tried desperately – and unsuccessfully – to convince me that a “babymoon” was not a real thing. Of course, I had read about it years ago and they do such things in the movies, of which I am an avid fan, so he was destined to fail. Having done it, I am even more convinced that it is something that every couple needs to do before they are joined by their little person – especially if it is your first. [Read more…]

How they get from “in here” to “out there”…

Why is it that every person – male, female, married, divorced, single, old, young, family member or absolute stranger, parent or otherwise – has an opinion on how you should give birth? Personally, I think it is the one thing that nobody other than the person who has to get the baby out from inside of their body after an already uncomfortable, traumatic and occasionally painful 40 weeks should have any opinion on whatsoever. [Read more…]

Warmth, Love & Gratitude

Some days I really struggle to write posts, particularly when they are personal and open up feelings that are difficult to express like I did in my post of Friday night. But the response has been amazing and reminds me why I am doing this – thank you all so much for your warmth, love, support and for sharing your own stories; I am so glad that I could help and make you feel less alone, as you have done for me too. [Read more…]

Absolute Fear

Warning – topic is bleeding in pregnancy which some might consider TMI; but if you are an expectant mommy, or daddy that might need to calm an expectant mommy, it might be worth the read. [Read more…]

Enormous Growth – Both Physical & Emotional

I wanted Pregnant in Cape Town to be all things to all pregnant women in Cape Town. A place to share in pregnancy experiences, to participate in a growing community and to be able to find everything they need locally during their pregnancy. Unfortunately it hasn’t worked out that way. As an overachiever, I overreached. I couldn’t be happy with just a blog, I wanted it to be everything to everyone. [Read more…]

Heads Up to the Smokers

Everyone who knows me knows that I was THE smoker of all smokers and up to the day that I found out I was pregnant, I would stand downwind just to get a breath of second-hand smoke and I hugged you extra hard if you still had the smell of smoke on your clothes; that smell is actually evidence of third-hand smoke or smoke residue as it is sometimes called. [Read more…]


Feelings of Overwhelm & Anxiety

It is hard to put into words how I am feeling this week. My hormones are all over the place, with my emotions following close behind. I am feeling just wrong, breathless and dizzy, a feeling of vertigo comes and goes. I have somewhat less than no patience with anyone or anything and I spend a lot of time trying to decide between pulling the blankets over my head and throwing things at someone else’s head (maybe not so over throwing pots after all). [Read more…]

5.Many Butterflies

Creativity & Butterflies

Another week between posts and I am feeling terribly guilty about it; but it has been a busy and productive week and I am feeling good! I am finally germ free – YAY! I was incredibly well behaved the rest of last week, stayed in bed, rested and drank loads of water, made very few trips out of the house, took it slow and only went places I would be able to relax and be safe and warm. [Read more…]


Throwing Pots & Other Concerns

I am finally beginning to feel better! How exciting is that? My head is full of cobwebs and clear lines of thought elude me, and I am still coughing, but only at night now. I am lucky enough to work from home and make my own hours, so I just sleep later in the morning to make up for broken sleep the night before. I wonder why that is… that I cough all night and cannot sleep, but the second the day starts I can curl up and sleep an extra 3 uninterrupted hours. Not that I am complaining – I am firmly enforcing the “sleep while I can” rule. I am also still operating from bed for today. [Read more…]


Sick & Tired of Being Sick & Tired!

I know it has been too long between posts and this one will probably be largely unsatisfying too. I am still sick. I went to the doctor as mentioned last week and was greatly relieved that although my glands were swollen, there was no fever and so no need for antibiotics at that point. I had an upper respiratory tract infection, very inflamed throat and lots of congestion, but Doctor said if I got into bed and stayed there, took panado for the pain and drank loads of fluids and made sure my temperature stayed low and it stays out of my chest – no antibiotics. [Read more…]