Pregnancy

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

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Babies (up to 1 year)

A medical miracle: Cayden Pillay’s story

“From the moment we fell pregnant with Cayden, we felt he was special. We didn’t know he would become a medical miracle”

Magazine

Pregnant, with a meningioma brain tumour

Pregnant with her first child Masechaba had a meningioma brain tumour, but she didn’t know it yet.

Pregnancy

In the womb: take a sneak peek [infographic]

Growing a baby is no small feat. When a mother becomes pregnant, it’s not only her focus that shifts to her baby: her body kicks into a high gear to redirect its energy into providing space and nourishment for the growing infant.

Healthy Life

The science behind your pregnancy food cravings [infographic]

Food cravings in general are caused by the regions of the brain that are responsible for memory, pleasure, and reward. An imbalance of hormones, such as leptin and serotonin, can also cause food cravings.

Pregnancy

The pregnancy hormone

Progesterone – a steroid hormone – plays a vital role in your fertility. Progesterone helps your body build strong bones and healthy hair. It’s also said to help you sleep

DID YOU KNOW?

  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • 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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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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Pregnancy

Are you at risk of premature birth? Know your risk factors

There are a number of reasons why you might be likely to give birth more than three weeks before your baby’s estimated due date. As Dr Ntlharhi Mathonsi, a gynaecologist

Healthy Life

Fertility treatments aren’t as invasive as you may think

Many people who can’t get pregnant immediately think of IVF. But in 80% of cases, the solution is a lot simpler, and easier, than you think. We take you through this progressive process that helps your body stimulate a natural, beautiful process.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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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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  • We use the internationally recognised Oxford Vermont Network to keep our neonatal critical care units at the forefront of paediatric medicine.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
    #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 monitor the temperature of our neonatal units as newborn babies are extremely sensitive to temperature change.
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Pregnancy

What is pre-eclampsia?

This condition affects women after 20 weeks of pregnancy. If it is detected early, outcomes are better for you and your unborn child.

Babies (up to 1 year)

Inside the NICU

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a specialised space designed to keep your preterm baby safe, warm and well fed under expert care.

Diabetes

Gestational diabetes: what does that mean?

Gestational diabetes means you have high blood sugar levels during pregnancy – but is it a precursor of Type 2 diabetes? And will it affect your baby?

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

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