Pregnancy

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

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Body changes during pregnancy [infographic]

Posted on 16 February 2017

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

Posted on 13 February 2017

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

Posted on 10 February 2017

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

Posted on 8 February 2017

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

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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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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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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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  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Immunisations save lives and help stop diseases from spreading.
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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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HELLP syndrome in pregnancy

Posted on 7 February 2017

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

Posted on 7 February 2017

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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  • 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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  • 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 use a yacht-mast design for our cabling and keep it safely wound up in our trauma pedestals to avoid any accidents.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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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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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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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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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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.

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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.

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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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