Greteli de Swardt, who is best known for her role as Reece in the South African original series Blood & Water on Netflix, has announced that she is expecting her first child.
Greteli and her boyfriend surprised everyone with the most adorable pregnancy reveal after they told them the wonderful news.
“It’s day in the garden!!! “And about four months ago, we found out that our little pumpkin will be ready to harvest in April of 2023,” she posted on the website.
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This was by far the most difficult secret that Gretel had to keep throughout her life.
“This was the secret that was the most difficult for me to keep, and it is such a relief to finally be able to reveal it. We are grateful to everyone who has already celebrated this new little human and for all the love that has been shown to us. We love you.”
The third season of Blood & Water is currently being filmed in Cape Town for broadcast later this year.
Dorothy Ghettuba, who oversees production of African original series for Netflix and makes the following promise to viewers:
“We are ecstatic to share the news that we have decided to give Blood & Water a third season order! Cape Town has already started cranking out the finished product.
Nosipho Dumisa, Bradley Joshua, and Daryne Joshua, who are our production partners at Gambit Films, are just as excited as we are, and they are currently working very hard to bring viewers the best season of the popular series that has ever been produced “— I quote her.
Dorothy had this to say when asked about the possibility that Natasha Thahane and Cindy Mahlangu would appear in the upcoming season:
“At this point in the production, we are unable to share many details with you; however, we will be making additional announcements regarding when viewers can anticipate seeing the series on their televisions. Although the premiere date of the third season has not been established as of yet, we are looking forward to watching it when it finally airs on our televisions.
Actress Khosi Ngema disclosed in an exclusive interview with Zalebs that, along with music, acting has always been her greatest passion. She also mentioned that she has a degree in music.
The fact that both her father, Mangalisa Ngema, and her grandmother are also working in the entertainment industry was a significant factor that helped contribute to the success of her career. Choice.
Khosi initially tried out for the role of Puleng, which is currently portrayed by Ama Qamata; however, she was not selected for the role.
“The auditioning process that I went through was fairly routine. My agency provided me with the casting information, and at first I was directed to an audition for the role of Puleng. However, when they called me back, the director, Nosipho, suggested that I try out for the role of Fikile instead because there was something about the character that she liked that I altered.
“When I tried out for the role of Fikile, I thought to myself, ‘Wow, I really messed it up.’ I was not at all confident in myself, but I guess they liked what I did. When they told me that I had gotten the part, my mind was completely blown away, and I literally started running around the house screaming.
Khosi says that when it comes to her, she can always count on support from her father.
“As I was growing up, it was so cool to see my dad on TV because he has always been a great supporter of what we do and the rest of my family is mostly creative. I also had my own passion for acting from a young age, but the fact that he has always been so supportive of me is truly a blessing. In addition to this, he gave me room to figure things out on my own, and while he does not provide me with step-by-step instructions, he does offer guidance whenever I ask him for it “said Khosi.
Here are ten things about being pregnant that might take you by surprise.
Despite all of this information, pregnancy is still known to bring about the following 10 common surprises.
- The Drive to Establish One’s Own Home
The nesting instinct is a strong urge that many pregnant women feel to get their home ready for the arrival of their child by doing things like cleaning and decorating.
In the ninth month of your pregnancy, you may find yourself doing things you never would have imagined doing, such as cleaning the cabinets in your kitchen or washing the walls. Your due date is getting closer! This urge to get your house in order can be put to good use, as it will leave you with fewer things to do after the baby is born. However, make sure you don’t go too far with it.
- Difficulties in Maintaining Concentration
It is common for many pregnant women to experience feelings of mental fogginess and exhaustion during the first trimester due to morning sickness and fatigue. However, even well-rested pregnant women may experience difficulty concentrating and bouts of forgetfulness during their pregnancy.
Both thinking about the baby and the natural fluctuations in hormone levels play a part. It’s possible that everything else, including work, bills, and appointments with the doctor, will seem less important than the baby and the impending delivery. You might find that making lists can assist you in remembering important dates and times.
- Mood Swings
The symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and those of pregnancy are very similar. As your hormone levels fluctuate, your breasts may swell and become tender, and you may experience shifts in mood. If you suffer from premenstrual syndrome (PMS), you should expect to experience more severe mood swings throughout your pregnancy. They have the ability to make you feel happy one minute, and then make you want to cry the next minute.
Extreme shifts in mood are not uncommon for pregnant women. The first trimester and the last few weeks of the third trimester are typically the most common times for these to occur.
During their pregnancies, a significant number of women experience feelings of depression. Talk to your doctor if you’ve been experiencing symptoms like trouble sleeping, shifts in your eating habits, and mood swings for more than two weeks.
- Bra Size
One of the earliest indicators that a woman is pregnant is a change in the size of her breasts. Increased levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone are responsible for the development of breast tissue during the first trimester of pregnancy. It’s possible that the growth you experienced in the first trimester won’t be the end of it either; your breasts may continue to expand all the way through your pregnancy.
The size of your ribcage can also have an effect on the bra that you wear. The capacity of your lungs to take in additional oxygen increases during pregnancy, which may cause your chest to become larger than it was before you became pregnant. During your pregnancy, you should be prepared to purchase new bras on multiple occasions.
- Skin Changes
Do your friends tell you that you have a glow that looks like pregnancy? Alterations in your hormone levels and the stretching of your skin can cause a variety of side effects, including this one.
The uterus and other organs, particularly the kidneys, require an increased amount of blood flow, which is why pregnant women have a higher total blood volume. The increased volume causes more blood to be brought to the vessels, which in turn leads to an increase in oil gland secretion.
Chloasma, also known as the “mask of pregnancy,” is a condition that can appear on the faces of some pregnant women. These patches can be brown or yellow in color. And some people will observe what is known as the linea nigra, which is a dark line running down the middle of the lower abdomen (or linea negra). It is also possible for them to have hyperpigmentation, which refers to a darkening of the skin, on their nipples, external genitalia, and in the anal region. This occurs because hormones produced during pregnancy cause the body to produce more pigment.
This increased pigment may not be distributed evenly, which may result in the darkened skin appearing to have splotchy patches. Chloasma can’t be stopped from developing, but its symptoms can be lessened by protecting the skin with sunscreen and staying out of the sun.
Because the sebaceous glands in the skin produce more oil during pregnancy, many pregnant women suffer from acne. And moles or freckles that you had before pregnancy may get bigger and darker. After you give birth, the majority of these changes in your skin should disappear.
A heat rash, which is caused by sweat and dampness, affects a significant number of pregnant women. It’s common for women to experience itchiness during their pregnancies. Itchiness and flaking of the skin are potential side effects of the skin stretching over the abdomen. Your dermatologist can recommend creams to relieve dry skin or skin that itches.
- Manicure and Pedicure
During pregnancy, many women experience changes in the texture and growth of their hair. Your hair may grow more quickly and shed less frequently if you take hormone replacement therapy. On the other hand, these hair changes are typically not permanent. During the postpartum period or after they have stopped breastfeeding, many women experience a loss of some of their hair.
Some women discover that they are able to cultivate hair in undesirable areas, such as on their face, bellies, or around their nipples. Alterations in the hair’s texture can result in either drier or oilier hair. Some women even notice that the color of their hair is shifting.
Alterations can occur in one’s nails and hair while pregnant. They can grow more quickly and become more robust if given additional hormones. On the other hand, some expectant mothers discover that their nails are more prone to splitting and breaking than usual. Changes to one’s nails, like those that occur to one’s hair, are not permanent. If you find that your nails are more prone to breaking and splitting while you are pregnant, make sure to keep them trimmed and steer clear of the chemicals found in nail polish and nail polish remover.
- Shoe Size
You still have your shoes, right? Even though none of your pre-pregnancy clothes fit you anymore, at least you still have them. Maybe — but maybe not. Many pregnant women experience swelling in their feet and require a larger shoe size as a result of the extra fluid that builds up in their bodies. Slip-on shoes in a larger size are likely to be more comfortable to wear, particularly during the warmer months of the year.
- Mobility of the Joints
Relaxin is a hormone that is produced by your body during pregnancy. This hormone is thought to assist in preparing the pubic region and the cervix for the birth of the baby. Because relaxin causes the ligaments in your body to become more lax, you will become less stable and more susceptible to injury. It is simple to injure oneself by overstretching or straining, particularly the joints in one’s pelvis, lower back, and knees. Move slowly and avoid sudden, jerky movements when lifting heavy objects or engaging in physical activity.
- Problems with constipation, varicose veins, and hemorrhoids
When blood pools in veins that have been enlarged by pregnancy hormones, a condition known as varicose veins can develop. Varicose veins are most commonly seen in the legs and genital region. After giving birth, women frequently find that their varicose veins disappear. To contribute toward their avoidance:
avoid standing or sitting for long periods
clothing with a loose fit and support hose should be worn.
Raise both of your feet whenever you are seated.
In addition, hemorrhoids, which are essentially varicose veins in the rectum, are very common during pregnancy. Your uterus is putting pressure on your pelvis, which causes your blood volume to increase as well. As a result, the veins in your rectum might swell up into clusters that look like grapes. The symptoms of hemorrhoids, which include pain, bleeding, itching, and stinging, are often at their worst during or immediately after bowel movements (BM).
Another common discomfort associated with pregnancy is constipation. This occurs because pregnancy hormones cause a slowdown in the movement of food through the digestive tract. As your pregnancy progresses into its later stages, your uterus may press against your large intestine, making it difficult for you to have a bowel movement (BM). And straining to go can enlarge the veins in the rectum, which can contribute to the development of hemorrhoids in people who already have constipation.
The prevention of constipation and hemorrhoids is the most effective treatment method for these conditions. Maintaining regular bowel movements (BMs) can be facilitated by maintaining a diet high in fiber, drinking plenty of liquids on a daily basis, and engaging in regular physical activity. It’s also possible that stool softeners, not laxatives, will be helpful. If you do have hemorrhoids, you should discuss with your doctor the possibility of using a cream or ointment that will reduce their size.
- Things That Leave Your Body During the Labor and Delivery Process
You’ve made it through the mood swings and the hemorrhoids, and now you think the unexpected events in your life are over. However, the day you give birth is likely to hold the most unexpected experiences of them all.
The amniotic sac, which contains your baby during pregnancy, is filled with fluid. This sac bursts (or “ruptures”) either at the beginning of labor or sometime during the labor process. This is the moment that is commonly referred to as your water breaking. Contractions begin for the vast majority of laboring women well before their waters break. The amniotic sac must be ruptured at times by the attending physician (if the cervix is already dilated).
How much water do you anticipate receiving? There is approximately 2 to 3 cups of amniotic fluid for a baby who is born at full term. When a woman’s water finally breaks, she may feel an overwhelming need to urinate, which may be followed by a torrent of fluid. Because the baby’s head acts as a stopper, some people may only feel a trickle of fluid running down their leg. This is because the head of the baby prevents the majority of the fluid from leaking out.
In most cases, amniotic fluid has a pleasant aroma and appears very pale or colorless. Because it is replaced by your body every three hours, you shouldn’t be surprised if you continue to leak fluid until you give birth at a rate of approximately one cup per hour.
During the labor process, your body may expel other things as well, which may surprise you. Nausea and vomiting are symptoms that can affect some women. Some women experience diarrhea prior to or while they are giving birth, and it is also common for them to pass gas. It is possible that you will lose control of your bladder or bowels while you are in the pushing phase of labor.
Your wishes regarding how to handle these and other aspects of the labor and delivery process can be communicated to your health care providers with the assistance of a birth plan.
When you are pregnant, you have a lot of pleasant surprises in store for you, but none of them will be as pleasant as the feeling you will get when you first hold your baby in your arms.