Pregnancy

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

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Pregnancy and antidepressants

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

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

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

‘”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?

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.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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  • Our corridors are 2.3m wide allowing two beds to pass one another without any interference.
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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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  • The triage admission system in our emergency centres has been able to reduce mortality by up to 50%.
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  • To prevent harmful bacteria being absorbed by mattresses we use protective under sheets made from polypropylene.
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  • Mediclinic uses building materials that reduce background noise for minimal disturbance.
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  • 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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  • Our hospitals are designed to minimise ambient noise to promote sleeping and the healing process.
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  • Mediclinic is one of the three leading private hospital groups in Southern Africa and the sixth largest private healthcare group in the world.
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Healthy Life

Understanding antibiotics

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

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Treating pregnancy niggles

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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  • 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 nursing units are designed to minimise the distance between nursing staff and patients.
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  • Most nursing units have windows overlooking gardens to promote healing.
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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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  • 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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  • You get 20% of the water your body needs from eating fruit and vegetables.
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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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  • We found a practical solution to a shortage of theatre nurses by becoming a registered teaching institution.
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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 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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Baby Nel: part two

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

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

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

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Severe morning sickness explained

When your morning sickness is severe and continuous you may be suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum.

Diabetes

A healthy, happy pregnancy – with diabetes

if you have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, it’s entirely possible to have a relaxed, healthy pregnancy.

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Pregnancy mood swings

From crying and shouting to laughing, mood swings during pregnancy can be hard to handle… Good news? They’re perfectly normal.

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Travel during pregnancy

Pregnancy need not be a reason to cancel your holiday plans but there are certain risks to keep in mind. Here’s what you need to know.

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How you can support your partner through IVF

Lizanne van Waart shares her tips for couples navigating the emotional side of IVF.

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Eating for two

Are you a vegetarian? Just found out you’re pregnant yet still eating sushi? We answer some questions about eating for two.

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Fertility questions answered

Having a baby when you’re 40 years or older has great benefits. We find out what those are.

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More about the Harmony test

Expecting moms can now have a blood test to check for chromosomal abnormalities.

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