Our Top 10 Articles Of 2019. This Is What You Spent Time Reading This Year.
We're closing the year with a bang...and a recap! From miscarriage signs to baby music, here's what caught our readers' attention.
It has certainly been an eventful year for us at Africaparent, and we have you to thank for all of it. We published almost three thousand articles this year. And we connected with our readers even better. Our top 10 articles of 2019 tell us what was important to you. From easing the period of pregnancy to beauty and skincare, music and family planning; you sure did a lot of reading. And now, we bring you a recap of the top 10 articles of 2019.
Check out our top 10 articles of 2019
Most people will at some point in their lives enter a dry spell, where they go quite some time without having sex. If you find yourself in a period of abstinence, you might be wondering how it can affect your health. Long term abstinence affects your immunity, your libido and your stress levels. Read more here.
Here's a free download of the viral Baby Shark Song by PinkFong.
This article explains in detail how the song went viral, and how it had help from virtual assistant Alexa. You'll also learn a bit about the Korean company, PinkFong, who created the song in the first place. Read more.
Sometimes, whitening creams leave you with even more acne and skin blemish than you bargained for. Thankfully, there are natural ways for skin lightening without using bleaching creams. Learn more here.
Contrary to popular belief, orgasms, exercises, work-related stress and matrimonial brawls cannot cause early miscarriages. Most spontaneous abortions are simply the body’s way of expelling a fetus that might not have been developing normally. Doctors will discuss the other factors that might cause a miscarriage. But most importantly, you must see that it isn’t your fault and that some, if not most, miscarriages are unpreventable. Learn more.
Your body is best primed for pregnancy in your early 20s. Your menstrual cycles have evened out and your eggs (yes, you are born with your lifetime supply of them!) are fresh and healthy, making conception much easier. However, just because your body is ready, it does not mean that you are. You may, at this stage, not be ready for the life-altering changes that come with being a parent. Find out more.
While you can't be completely sure of your child's gender before the 20-week mark, certain prediction theories have been known to work, backed up by various word-of-mouth evidence. That said, to know whether you're having a boy or girl, what are the signs during pregnancy? Find out here.
Top articles Africaparent readers loved in 2019
Gynaecologists warn of the risks of vaginal steaming (v-steaming) after a Canadian woman got burned while attempting the therapy.
V-steaming is an alternative health treatment practiced in some parts of Africa, Asia, and Central America, whereby a woman squats or sits over steaming water containing herbs like mugwort, rosemary, wormwood, and basil. It is also popular among spas and celebrities. Learn more.
Becoming pregnant again too quickly after having a child (i.e. before 12 months) comes with a lot of risks. These include premature birth, low birth weight, maternal death. For once, older mums "have excellent evidence to guide the spacing of their children" says Dr Norman, senior author of the study. Read more about the findings of Dr. Norman and her team.
It can be difficult to find a good and especially safe sleeping position when you're heavily pregnant. You may have enjoyed your sleep during your first trimester, but your third trimester may have something completely different for you. There are sleeping positions for pregnant women which would help you sleep better at night and keep your baby safe. Find out what they are.
This is one of those “everybody’s different” situations. Some moms choose to work up until the very last minute in order to save up their maternity leave days after baby arrives. Others choose a “last day” in advance in order to have a break before their due date, or make arrangements to work from home in the final days. There's no single answer to the question. But there are health guidelines that can help you plan for your maternity leave. Find out more.
What would you love to read about in the New Year? Do let us know.