Pregnancy

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

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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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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.

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 expert breastfeeding advice is based on the principles of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation.
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  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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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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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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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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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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.

Conditions

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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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.

Conditions

Managing PCOS, a syndrome on the increase

Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) is becoming more common in South Africa and globally, affecting as many as one in 10 women. Women are experiencing irregular periods, sub-fertility and miscarriage, excess facial hair and fatigue, weight gain and abdominal pain – to name a few PCOS symptoms.

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Common childhood illnesses in adults

Young children, with immune systems that are still developing, are more susceptible to viral infections like chickenpox, mumps and measles. But Pathcare virologist, Inéz Rossouw, says adults with weakened immune systems are also vulnerable and at greater risk of complications.

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