Pregnancy

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

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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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Prematurity: The difference a week makes

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.

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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.

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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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How Mediclinic doctors help your preemie

Not all babies born prematurely will have complications, but those born under 28 weeks, are at greater risk. Dr Aziza van der Schyff, a paediatrician at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, explains how preterm babies are cared for at a Mediclinic Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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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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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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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  • 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 hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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Pregnancy

When a pregnancy can turn into cancer

A molar pregnancy is a rare complication of pregnancy. Also known as a hydatidiform mole, it is characterised by abnormal growth of the cells that make up the placenta. It is diagnosed in about 1 in every 1 000 pregnancies but this figure can vary per country.

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When morning sickness turns serious

The majority of women experience some degree of nausea and vomiting while pregnant – but approximately 3% (including the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton) develop a severe form called hyperemesis gravidarum. Here’s what you should know.

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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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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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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.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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Why do I still look pregnant months after giving birth?

Diastasis recti is a common post-baby condition that means your stomach muscles have separated. The correct exercises can help – as can surgery as a last resort.

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Special delivery: options for breech babies

If your baby is not positioned head-down in your womb by 36 weeks, he or she is considered breech. Dr Ludwig van Zyl, a gynaecologist and obstetrician practising at Mediclinic Vergelegen, explains the options for delivery in this scenario.

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Your options for dealing with recurrent pregnancy loss

Are you or your partner facing the heartbreak of recurrent miscarriages? Dr Abri de Bruin, a gynaecologist and reproductive medicine specialist based at Genesis Reproductive Centre at Mediclinic Kloof, offers his invaluable support and treatment advice for couples struggling with recurrent pregnancy loss.

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The nutrients in breast milk (infographic)

Here’s a look at what you’ll find in the average mature breast milk, which is produced from roughly 14-20 days after birth.

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Group B strep and pregnancy

Found in 25% of healthy pregnant women, group B streptococcus – commonly known as group B strep (GBS) – is a bacterial infection that can spread to the baby during vaginal delivery. Mediclinic gynaecologists share some insights.

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Double trouble

Gestational diabetes is the most common medical complication during pregnancy and affects as many as one in 20, putting mother and baby at increased risk for birth trauma and other serious health concerns.

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Early arrivals

Going into labour prematurely can be terrifying, not least because of the many misconceptions about it. Dr Almero Viljoen a gynaecologist and obstetrician at Mediclinic George busts the top five myths about premature labour.

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Laser surgery for twin-twin transfusion syndrome

Anja Sonnendecker’s pregnant belly swelled to double its size in a few days – her identical twins had twin-twin transfusion syndrome (TTTS), a potentially fatal complication in about one in five identical twin pregnancies sharing a single placenta. Fortunately, she was referred to Dr Lou Pistorius at Mediclinic Panorama who offers laser treatment to break this connection and help normalise the pregnancy. Watch incredible footage of the foetal surgery as their story unfolds.

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Body changes during pregnancy [infographic]

This infographic shows you how a woman’s body changes during pregnancy, from head to toes.

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First 7 days with baby

This infographic gives pregnant couples an idea of what to expect for their first 7 days with a new baby.

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How fertility treatments have evolved

Fertility treatments have come a long way from folk and medicinal remedies in the 17th century to the first experimentation with artificial insemination in the mid-19th century. We look at the latest research.

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