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From exercises to recipes and how to deal with an emergency, this section gives advice on how you and your family can maintain a healthy lifestyle.

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JOIN OUR PREGNANCY EDUCATION SESSIONS & LEARN THE FACTS

Join an education session near you to learn all you need to know about becoming a parent and find out which pregnancy myths are simply old wives’ tales!

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TRUTH OR TALE NO. 5

Truth or tale? When pregnant, taking a hot bath can harm your baby.

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TRUTH OR TALE NO. 4

Truth or tale? If your unborn baby’s heart rate is above 140bpm, it’s a girl.

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TRUTH OR TALE NO. 3

Truth or tale? When expecting, you can tell the gender of the baby by the height at which you carry.

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TRUTH OR TALE NO. 1

Truth or tale? Eating veggies while pregnant means your baby will like them.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Nurses can observe patients at all times as critical care units are designed like a beehive with the nurses’ station in the middle.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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TRUTH OR TALE NO. 2

Truth or tale? If you have heartburn during pregnancy, your newborn will have a full head of hair.

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TRUTH OR TALE NO. 6

Truth or tale? Spicy food can induce labour.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
    #MediclinicFacts
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TRUTH OR TALE NO. 7

Truth or tale? You’re not allowed any coffee when pregnant as it will harm your baby.

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TRUTH OR TALE NO. 8

Truth or tale? Dyeing your hair while pregnant can be harmful for your baby.

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TRUTH OR TALE NO. 9

Truth or tale? When pregnant, craving sweet food means it’s a girl and craving salty food means it’s a boy.

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TRUTH OR TALE NO. 11       

Truth or tale? You shouldn’t stroke or touch cats while pregnant.

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TRUTH OR TALE NO. 12

Truth or tale? Sudden changes in the weather can induce labour.

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TRUTH OR TALE NO. 13

Truth or tale? When pregnant you should eat for two.

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I’m overwhelmed by stress!

Dr Jean-Louis du Plooy, a psychiatrist practising at Mediclinic Panorama, discusses why it’s critical to get your stress under control – and why inpatient treatment is sometimes necessary.

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What type of therapy can help me deal with stress?

Everyone can benefit from an outside perspective from time to time, especially when going through change or crisis. Find out if Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) might work for you.

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The real fountain of youth

New studies show that maintaining a normal weight, not smoking, and drinking alcohol in moderation are factors that add healthy years to your life. A GP weighs in on other ways to combat ageing and disease by making good daily choices.

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Non-elective plastic surgery

Plastic surgery can restore your dignity, health and quality of life.

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The science of sleep

Three American doctors were awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine for recent discoveries about sleep. Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young have spent years researching the body’s circadian responses to light and dark. A neurologist practising at Mediclinic comments.

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