Pregnancy

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

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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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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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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.

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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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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
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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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  • 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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  • Our world-class neonatal units feature high frequency oscillatory ventilators to minimise lung trauma in premature babies.
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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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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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  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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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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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Scrub areas in theatre are a minimum of 2.1m wide to accommodate at least two people at a time.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • A jumping rope uses almost every muscle in the entire body during exercise.
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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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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Our hospitals have been awarded international accreditation for best practice in the management of environmental systems and practices.
    #MediclinicFacts
  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • Our hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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 Cape Town is accredited as a mother and baby friendly institution, having scored 100% at a recent external review.
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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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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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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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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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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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