Being pregnant for the first time with no relatives close by is very difficult. I thought I had a wonderful relationship with the father of my unborn baby, but he proved me wrong by leaving me when we found out about the pregnancy. He told me he wants nothing to do with the baby or me. I moved forward though, and continued my studies at college. Thankfully, my family is very supportive, even though they don’t live near me. I’m now 35 weeks pregnant, healthy, happy, and attending school. I get emotional feeling every kick of my growing baby. I’m so glad I have kept my baby. With Your Pregnancy I no longer feel alone!
A BABY BROTHER FOR A SISTER
I had my first child, a beautiful daughter, when I was 25. I was in a very unhappy relationship though, and I knew inside it was only a matter of time before I packed up my baby and moved away from the abuse. And eventually, I did. Life moved on, I got a new job, a lovely place for us to stay, and created a level of peace and balance in our lives. Being a single mom isn’t easy, but it sure beats lingering in a bad relationship, hoping for the best! When I met my now husband, a part of me couldn’t understand why he wanted to be with me. But I learned to trust him, and to allow myself to love and be loved. Eight years after my first baby was born, I’m pregnant with my second, a baby boy. I just can’t wait to meet this precious baby. My daughter is excited to be a big sister, too. Thank you Your Pregnancy for being my companion second time around!
I fell pregnant for the first time when I was just 17. I was so terrified to tell my parents, that I kept it from them until it was too late – I had suffered a miscarriage. I remember my mother being so devastated that I had kept this secret from her, only for her to discover it when I was in incredible physical and emotional pain. She took me for counselling sessions for many months, and we grew closer after that. Now, at 26, I’m pregnant again, and this time the circumstances are very different. I’m in a supportive, happy relationship, have a great job, and feel so connected to this growing baby. My partner and I have decided we want to keep the gender a surprise, so I’m even more excited! I have six weeks left to go, and counting! I love reading Your Pregnancy. I keep all my copies next to our bed to read. Thank you for all the helpful advice, and for helping me feel empowered.
LOVING THE NESTING INSTINCT
I’m 36 weeks pregnant, and recently finished reading my August & September issue of Your Pregnancy from cover to cover. The article on the nesting instinct really struck a chord, because I haven’t stopped cleaning and sorting and organising since! I’ve never been a particularly tidy and organised person, so this feeling really took me by surprise (and at least now I know what it’s about; my husband thought I was mad when he saw me reorganising the linen cupboard). Thank you for such an inspiring magazine, so full of information I’ve devoured throughout my pregnancy. When baby arrives, I’ll be sure to move on to reading Your Baby magazine, too. Keep up the good work!
NEVER GIVE UP
My husband and I have been married for five years. Being a bit older than most newlyweds (into our late thirties) we wanted to start a family immediately. Within a year, I fell pregnant, but we lost the baby just 14 weeks in. I gave up hope. I didn’t even allow myself to grieve properly and try again. I became depressed, and imagined my life without children in it. Eventually, my husband and I decided to adopt two puppies, who we love dearly and who really helped lift my spirits. A few years on, once out of my depressed funk, we fell pregnant again. This time, everything is going so well, and we are 30 weeks along. I truly believe in the power of love and a positive attitude. There was no way a baby was going to come into my life, as depressed and unwilling as I was. Once life got rosier, my baby was ready to come to me. I’m loving every moment of this amazing journey. Thank you Your Pregnancy for the amazing support!
A BABY AFTER A DECADE!
Thank you Your Pregnancy for such an informative magazine. After falling pregnant after 10 years of trying, YP comes in very handy! I’m 34 weeks pregnant now, and I read it from cover to cover. My husband and I are looking forward to the arrival of our Nathaniel. Thank you
for helping me remember all that I had forgotten in the past 10 years! HEMALENE JIVAN, DURBAN
A SURPRISE FOR US!
After battling for 8 years to conceive my first child, I knew it was going to be near impossible to try for a second , and so I focused my energies on my little girl and just remained grateful for having her. I enrolled for my postgrad, and while I was in the middle of my studies, I realised I didn’t get my cycle. I wasn’t in a hurry to do a pregnancy test, as I had done them so many times before my first one. Eventually two months later I decided to take a home pregnancy test. I can’t explain the euphoria I felt when it came out positive! My hubby and I were over the moon! The first thing I did was get a copy of Your Pregnancy magazine as I couldn’t remember everything from the first time. All I can say is ‘don’t lose faith’. Miracles do happen!