WEL­COME EARLY BIRD!

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My preg­nancy came to an abrupt end one morn­ing as I was pot­ter­ing around the house. I was only 34 weeks along. I’d even joked with my hubby the night be­fore that our baby bet­ter not ar­rive too early be­cause we hadn’t pre­pared any­thing yet! The nurs­ery wasn’t com­plete, we hadn’t packed our hos­pi­tal bags yet, and I hadn’t even started nest­ing. Con­trac­tions came on very quickly and strong, and be­fore we knew it, we were speed­ing off to the birth clinic. I thought I might even have given birth in the park­ing lot! When I ar­rived at the clinic, I was al­ready 9cm di­lated. Half an hour later and af­ter not too much push­ing, I was hold­ing our

baby Emma in my arms. Hubby saw her crown­ing, and cut the cord. He even had a good look at my pla­centa! She weighed 2.8kg and scored 9/10 on her APGAR. I’d like to let all moms know that you’re so much stronger than you think you are. I gave birth nat­u­rally, with no pain med­i­ca­tion, and it took me com­pletely by sur­prise that I could do that. You only know how strong you are when you’re put in a sit­u­a­tion where you have to be strong! And if I ever have an­other baby, I would love to give birth nat­u­rally again. Thank you Your Preg­nancy for the stunning mag­a­zine. I still read it (as well as Your Baby mag­a­zine). SARIKA NAIDOO, HYDE PARK

I KNOW THAT THE MOST IM­POR­TANT THING I CAN DO FOR MY BABY IS MAKE SURE I FIN­ISH MY ED­U­CA­TION, SO THAT I CAN PRO­VIDE FOR HER FU­TURE

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