Pregnancy

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

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Managing PCOS, a syndrome on the increase

Posted on 6 January 2017

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

Posted on 19 December 2016

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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Exercise during pregnancy

Posted on 12 December 2016

While pregnancy is certainly not the time to take up kickboxing, many exercise routines can be beneficial to both expectant mothers and their babies. Here’s what to consider when planning your pregnancy fitness regimen.

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Why calcium is essential in pregnancy

Posted on 11 October 2016

Dr Olufemi Owolabi, an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Mediclinic Ermelo, says your diet during pregnancy can impact your own and your baby’s bone mass – and the resultant risk of osteoporosis later in life.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • To ensure sterility, our surgical instruments are twice wrapped in sterile fabric.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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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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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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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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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • Our 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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What could cause a miscarriage

Posted on 23 August 2016

Just found out you’re expecting, or planning a pregnancy? The fear of a miscarriage is very real for most prospective parents. Dr Jackson Ndhlovu, a gynaecologist at Mediclinic Tzaneen, talks us through what could cause a miscarriage and what you can do to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

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Down’s syndrome: the health risks

Posted on 23 March 2016

People who have Down’s syndrome tend to be at a higher risk of developing certain medical issues. We spoke to a Mediclinic paediatrician to find out what these are.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We install alcohol rub dispensers at our facilities to prevent the spread of pathogens.
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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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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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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  • Our nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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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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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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Pregnancy and medication

Posted on 29 February 2016

Carrying another life means you need to be careful of what you’re ingesting, especially when it comes to medication. Dr Leneque Lindeque, an obstetrics and gynaecologist at Mediclinic Highveld in Mpumalanga, talks us through what’s safe to take during pregnancy and what you should avoid.

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Pregnancy myths busted

Posted on 22 February 2016

With the information overload that often overwhelms prospective mothers, it’s sometimes hard to separate fact from fiction. Our expert debunks some common pregnancy myths.

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Double trouble: Expecting twins

Posted on 18 February 2016

Finding out you’re having twins is both wonderful and scary, and puts your pregnancy in a whole new perspective. Here Jacqui Commerford shares seven things you need to know about expecting twins.

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Before the baby

Posted on 9 February 2016

Having your first baby is an exciting time, but working out whose advice to take and what to stock up on can leave your head spinning. Mediclinic Infohub makes it simple, with mother of three Jacqui Commerford sharing her advice.

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Pregnancy and antidepressants

Posted on 2 December 2015

On antidepressants and planning to fall pregnant or pregnant already? We got expert advice from a Mediclinic psychiatrist.

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Pregnancy: 3-step body adaptation process

Posted on 4 August 2015

Waiting for your body to change in response to your growing baby can be equally as daunting as the pregnancy itself. But Dr Johannes van Waart, a fertility specialist at Wijnlands Fertility who works with Stellenbosch Mediclinic, says it doesn’t have to be. Here’s what to expect…

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Pregnancy nutrition

Posted on 6 May 2015

You may have broken every diet you’ve ever started but there’s little wiggle room when it comes to healthy eating during pregnancy.

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Baby Nel: part three

Posted on 23 February 2015

‘”He lives.” It was as if I had been waiting for five months just to hear those words,’ says Ronelle Nel.

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Are you in labour or just experiencing Braxton Hicks?

Posted on 20 February 2015

While it’s said to be something ‘you’ll just know’, identifying when you’re really in labour isn’t always as simple as it sounds – especially for first-time moms. Here’s how to differentiate between Braxton Hicks and real contractions.

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Understanding antibiotics

Posted on 19 February 2015

Douglas Defty, pharmacy services executive at Mediclinic, helps us understand antibiotics.

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Treating pregnancy niggles

Posted on 18 February 2015

With all the changes your body undergoes during pregnancy, it’s natural to experience some unusual aches and pains. Dr Leneque Xanthe Lindeque, a gynaecologist and obstetrician at Mediclinic Highveld in

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Baby Nel: part two

Posted on 16 February 2015

Ronelle Nel went in for surgery on 16 August 2014. Dr Pistorius and his team were going to perform the EXIT procedure.

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High-risk pregnancies

Posted on 11 February 2015

If your doctor tells you your pregnancy is high risk, don’t be alarmed. It simply means you (or your baby) may have an increased chance of risk and your doctor just wants to make sure you get special attention during your pregnancy to keep you both safe.

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Baby Nel: part one

Posted on 9 February 2015

Ronelle Nel thought she was going for just a regular ultrasound at 22 weeks, but it was no ordinary appointment.

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Pregnancy by numbers

Posted on 6 February 2015

Did you know home pregnancy tests are 97% accurate? Read on for more important (and interesting) facts about pregnancy.

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