The KwaZulu-Natal health department is pleading with travellers and all citizens to be careful this christmas while having sex and should use condoms,birth pills or just stay away from it especially teenagers in order not be surprised by September next year when you become a mother or father to a baby you may not want.

KZN Health MEC, Sibongiseni Dhlomo said analysis of data between 2013 and 2015 revealed that “most mothers had conceived during the December holidays”.

“It is no secret that‚ during the school holidays and the festive season‚ many young people may be tempted to experiment with new and dangerous things. This includes substance and alcohol abuse‚ and unprotected sex‚ which may have adverse and long-lasting effects on their lives‚” he said.

Dhlomo said if you are a young person under the age of 18‚ and you are delivering a child weighing 3.8kg for instance‚ chances of delivering safely are slim.

“It actually places the mother’s own life and the baby’s in danger. We are always concerned – not just in December‚ but in any time of the year — when young people fall pregnant at a young age because it is very unsafe… If you have unprotected sex now‚ you will be a mother come September‚” he said.