Pregnancy

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

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Trauma patients with a critically low temperature will often be wrapped in a space blanket to reduce heat loss.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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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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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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 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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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.

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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  • To make the most of every second, we strive to synchronise all our clocks in the hospital.
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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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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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 nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Mediclinic Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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  • Our radio-translucent theatre beds enable X-rays to be taken on the spot, without having to move the patient or disturb the procedure.
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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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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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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.

Exercise

Exercise during pregnancy

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

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

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.

Children up to 12

Down’s syndrome: the health risks

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

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

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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Expecting twins

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.

Babies

Before the baby

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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