Pregnancy and Paediatrics

This section provides expert tips on pregnancy, babies and looking after children up to 12 from our leading paediatricians, general practitioners and gynaecologists.

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Babies

This is how your hearing changes as you age

Ever noticed how older people don’t hear so well, while some children hear perfectly well, but never listen? Science shows how our hearing develops – and then slowly degenerates – as we age.

Children up to 12

4 Simple activities that aid toddler development

Four key areas of early childhood development, and the simple activities that will keep your toddler on track.

Pregnancy

The 10 risks associated with advanced maternal age (geriatric pregnancy)

Worldwide, many women are choosing to have children later in life in order to study, start a career or to pursue personal goals. Many couples also strive for financial security before having a family.

Exercise

How to (really) exercise during pregnancy

What exercise is safe and what is not? How much is too much? These are all questions posed by many pregnant women wanting to stay active without harming their unborn child. Experts say not only is exercise during pregnancy, wise, but it should also form a big part of your child-bearing journey.

Babies

Your baby’s first 72 hours: what to expect

Having a child is a life-changing event. And while the day of a baby’s arrival is full of excitement and activity, the first 72 hours after birth are a critically important period in terms of your newborn’s health.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • An orange has over 170 different phytonutrients and more than 60 flavonoids, providing anti-inflammatory, anti-tumour and blood clot-inhibiting effects.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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gynaecology

How fertility doctors assess and administer treatment options

If you and your partner are struggling to fall pregnant, it can have a devastating effect on your relationship and on your mental health. Fortunately, Mediclinic offers a wide array of treatments – ranging from basic medication to more complex fertility treatments.

Pregnancy

5 Things gynaes wished every pregnant mom knew

Being pregnant is an exciting – and very confusing – time. So what are the key things your gynae really wants you to know? Two experts from the Mediclinic network spill the beans.

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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • 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.
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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • We use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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Conditions

Will your chronic medication affect your pregnancy?

Most expectant moms would prefer sailing through pregnancy without having to take medication. However, sometimes high-risk pregnancies or chronic medication make that impossible. Dr Ameera Adam, an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, sheds some light.

Healthy Life

Why watching iron levels is more important for women than for men

Your body needs iron to function healthily. Women, in particular, are prone to iron deficiency, and the problem affects as many as one in two South African women. Dr Mike du Toit, a haematologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, explains why maintaining healthy iron levels is so important for women.

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Before you fall pregnant: preconception genetic tests for mom and dad

From timing to finances, there is so much to consider before trying for a baby. One consideration you’re probably not even aware of is the impact your genetics may have on your children.

Conditions

Does endometriosis mean you can’t fall pregnant?

No. The good news is that even with severe endometriosis, natural conception is still possible.

Babies

6 Baby sleep myths, busted

When it comes to your baby’s sleep habits, there are so many myths new parents tend to believe. Dr Anita Parbhoo, a paediatrician at Mediclinic Louis Leipoldt, sets the record straight.

Babies

5 Ways to prepare your child for a sibling

Encourage healthy bonds and ease the transition from only child to older child with these intelligent ideas.

Pregnancy

What to do in the last week of your pregnancy

Counting down to the big day means a lot of final planning – plus taking time to rest. Dr Ameera Adam, a gynaecologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, offers tips on what to do in your last days of pregnancy.

gynaecology

Why new moms have to consider contraception differently

You’ve just become a mother and your whole world has begun to revolve around your new bundle of joy. While another baby might be the last thing on your mind (it might be the first) it could be on your radar if you haven’t had a post-partum discussion with your gynaecologist a

Events

Dates and Details

During Pregnancy awareness month in February, Mediclinic will be offering free educational support sessions to assist parents in making important decisions.

Children up to 12

Don’t miss the signs of heat exhaustion in children

Heat exhaustion can be scary—and kids are at increased risk. Learn how to spot and prevent this common condition. 

Babies

Can preterm births be prevented?

Pregnancy can take a scary turn when preterm birth becomes a possibility. Three Mediclinic experts weigh in.

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