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Exercise

How to (really) exercise during pregnancy

What exercise is safe and what is not? How much is too much? These are all questions posed by many pregnant women wanting to stay active without harming their unborn child. Experts say not only is exercise during pregnancy, wise, but it should also form a big part of your child-bearing journey.

Conditions

Will your chronic medication affect your pregnancy?

Most expectant moms would prefer sailing through pregnancy without having to take medication. However, sometimes high-risk pregnancies or chronic medication make that impossible. Dr Ameera Adam, an obstetrician and gynaecologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, sheds some light.

Pregnancy

What to do in the last week of your pregnancy

Counting down to the big day means a lot of final planning – plus taking time to rest. Dr Ameera Adam, a gynaecologist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, offers tips on what to do in your last days of pregnancy.

gynaecology

Why new moms have to consider contraception differently

You’ve just become a mother and your whole world has begun to revolve around your new bundle of joy. While another baby might be the last thing on your mind (it might be the first) it could be on your radar if you haven’t had a post-partum discussion with your gynaecologist a

Healthy Life

Healthy habits start in your head

January is the time many of us resolve to lead healthier lives but statistics show that by the second week of February, your list of New Year’s resolutions has gone up in a dejected puff of smoke. A clinical psychologist tells us exactly why new habits fall flat and how to make them stick.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • 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 only one in Africa and one of only 13 in the world, the P-I BrÅnemark Institute of Excellence at Mediclinic Morningside, specialises in facial reconstruction.
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  • Mediclinic has the highest number of internationally accredited facilities in Southern Africa.
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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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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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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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  • A baby weighing 390g survived thanks to the expertise of Mediclinic’s highly qualified paediatric staff and specialists.
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  • We have backup generators for our backup generators so that we can provide uninterrupted expert care.
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  • Mediclinic trains more than a thousand nurses annually at training centres throughout Southern Africa.
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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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Healthy Life

Not all calories are created equal

Counting calories is the go-to method for anyone interested in losing weight, but science tells us that not all calories are created equal. It is the quality, and not the quantity, that counts when you’re weighing up your food options. And not just for weight loss, but for optimal energy and bodily function, too.

Conditions

Why you need to learn to manage your stress

According to the SA Profmed stress index, more people took time off from work in 2017 due to stress-related illness than in previous years. Dr Una Geldenhuys, a GP at Mediclinic Newcastle, weighs in on how stress impacts your health and offers ways to manage it.

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 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 hospitals did the first minimally invasive transcatheter aortic valve implant procedure in Africa.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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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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  • 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 24-hour emergency centres feature state-of-the-art life-saving equipment.
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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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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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  • 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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Healthy Life

3 Things you need to protect yourself from sun damage

Dermatologist at Mediclinic Milnerton, Dr Karen Ordemann, tells you what to put on your list of protective summer gear, as well as the role UPF plays in protecting you from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Ophthalmologist at Mediclinic Durbanville Dr Burnet Meyer explains the role of UV protection and polarisation when it comes to choosing sunglasses.

Children up to 12

Don’t miss the signs of heat exhaustion in children

Heat exhaustion can be scary—and kids are at increased risk. Learn how to spot and prevent this common condition. 

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Holiday sleep disorders (and how to avoid them)

Good news: you’re heading off on a well-deserved holiday! Bad news: between jet lag, disrupted sleep and post-vacation blues, there’s a chance your time off might not provide you with the rest you need. Dr Irshaad Ebrahim, a specialist sleep neuropsychiatrist at Mediclinic Constantiaberg, suggests some interventions to ensure you get the rest you need while you’re on vacation.

Conditions

Are there female-specific risk factors for diabetes?

Diabetes is now the leading cause of female deaths in South Africa, according to figures from Statistics South Africa. With coronary heart disease established as the leading cause of death in people with diabetes, an endocrinologist at Mediclinic Worcester looks at the risk factors for diabetes that are exclusive to women.

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Can your lifestyle lead to diabetes?

Type 2 diabetes can be treated when diagnosed early. If left untreated, warns Mediclinic Vergelegen endocrinologist Dr Elmo Pretorius, it can lead to kidney damage, heart disease and even stroke.

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Prediabetes: Should you be screened for it?

While prediabetes is not a health condition in itself, says Mediclinic Vergelegen endocrinologist Dr Elmo Pretorius, it can be a sign that you are on the way to developing type 2 diabetes.

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Health considerations when travelling to a malaria area

Malaria continues to be a major killer worldwide, especially in Africa. It’s vital you take the necessary steps to protect you and your family when travelling to a malaria area.

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Pregnant and diabetic? What you need to know..

Two situations can occur: a woman with pre-existing diabetes wants to have a baby or, diabetes presents itself during the pregnancy of an otherwise healthy mother (this is referred to as gestational diabetes). Dr Andre Diedericks, an Ob-Gyn at Mediclinic Bloemfontein, explains these two situations.

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Take the time to #CheckWhatMatters this Diabetes Awareness Month

In South Africa, it is estimated that 3.85 million South Africans suffer from diabetes, with many remaining undiagnosed. The truth is we check our social media activity more than enough,

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When does anxiety become a mental health issue?

If you’re in a dangerous situation, anxiety is an important tool for self-preservation, ensuring you take action to protect yourself. But when your anxiety becomes a constant companion, it’s best

Expert Articles

7 Eye tests that look at more than just your vision

When you go to the optometrist because you’re having trouble seeing, a vision test is usually conducted. This test assesses how well you can see and your ability to discern objects. However, many eye conditions and diseases present no symptoms, so there’s a range of tests available to see what your eyes can’t. An ophthalmologist and an eye surgeon explain.

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