Pregnancy

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

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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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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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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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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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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern 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 hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • We place oxygen-releasing, toxin-absorbing plants, like Sanseviera Trifasciata, around our hospitals.
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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 has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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  • Some of our hospitals have operating tables that can support patients of up to 370kg in weight and 2.2m in height.
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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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Pregnancy and sleep

The joy of impending motherhood can give way to other sensations like fear and anxiety. And then there is the sleep disruption, something most expectant mothers know only too well.

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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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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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Common myths about breastfeeding – and the facts

A lactation consultant says most moms can breastfeed successfully – but some persistent myths have convinced many new mothers otherwise.

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HELLP syndrome in pregnancy

We asked a Mediclinic specialist about HELLP syndrome – a rare but life-threatening complication of pre-eclampsia.

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Listeria in pregnancy and foods to avoid

To avoid a possible listeria infection, pregnant women are advised to avoid some foods where possible and take precautions to cook certain foods thoroughly.

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