Pregnancy

We answer important questions and give expert advice on the pregnancy process, from conception to birth.

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Healthy Life

What happened next: infertility

Becoming pregnant should be a joyful time for any couple. But after 18 months of trying with no success, Kyle and Philippa Nipper were confused and frustrated – until a

Babies (up to 1 year)

It begins: a successful emergency C-Section

Long-distance trail runners Landie and Christiaan Greyling first met at an Adventure Race. Now, as the proud parents of little Christopher, they’re embarking on a whole new kind of challenge. 

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 (up to 1 year)

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?

  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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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.

Pregnancy

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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  • 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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  • We monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby has a 70% better chance of surviving a motor vehicle accident if in a secure car seat and properly restrained.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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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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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.

Pregnancy

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.

Pregnancy

Foetal assessment scans, explained

Seeing your baby for the first time on an ultrasound scan is such a special moment. Plus, you get to take baby’s first pictures home. Dr Lou Pistorius, Ob-Gyn and perinatologist at Mediclinic Panorama, explains the purpose of foetal assessment scans, the ideal time to have them and why they’re important.

Babies (up to 1 year)

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.

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.

Babies (up to 1 year)

Talk to the real experts at Mediclinic Midstream

For expert advice, rather attend free Pregnancy Month Educational Sessions at Mediclinic Midstream on Thursday, 28 February 2019 from 10:00 to 14:00. DATE: Thursday, 28 February 2019 TIME: 10:00 –

Babies (up to 1 year)

Can preterm births be prevented?

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

Babies (up to 1 year)

Prematurity: The difference a week makes [infographic]

Preterm birth can be a scary reality for some parents in South Africa. “Any infant born before 37 weeks’ gestation is described as preterm,” explains Dr Samantha O’Ryan, a neonatologist at Mediclinic Panorama.

Diabetes

Pregnant and diabetic? What you need to know..

Two situations can occur: a woman with pre-existing diabetes wants to have a baby or, diabetes presents itself during the pregnancy of an otherwise healthy mother (this is referred to as gestational diabetes). Dr Andre Diedericks, an Ob-Gyn at Mediclinic Bloemfontein, explains these two situations.

birth control, contraception, advances in birth control
Gynaecology

Birth control: contraception methods then and now

While today we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to contraception, the birth control pill only came to the market 58 years ago. We look back to see how far

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