• Pregnancy

    When you have to get it – Pregnancy Cravings and why they occur

    Pregnancy cravings are, for many women, one of the changes that accompany pregnancy. These drastic appetite changes are thought to occur as a result of hormonal changes in the pregnant woman’s body. According to the book, Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth, the sudden change in female sex hormones could be to blame. This has […]

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    Morning sickness during pregnancy

    Morning sickness refers to the nausea and vomiting that women experience during pregnancy. Whilst the name of this condition implies that it only occurs in the morning, this nausea and vomiting can occur at any time of the day. Morning sickness is so common that about 7 in 10 pregnant women will experience it in […]

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  • Infant Health

    5 Tips for Proper Umbilical Cord Care

    Umbilical cord care helps prevent the newborn from developing infections. This is because, the freshly cut cord can easily provide an avenue for bacteria to accumulate, thus placing the baby at risk of sepsis and even death. The umbilical cord connects the baby to its mother during pregnancy. The cord, which is also referred to […]

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  • Infant Health

    7 Danger Signs in Infants

    Newborn babies can easily fall sick in the first few days of life, and this is why it is imperative that mothers and their families are aware of danger signs in infants. Delays in getting appropriate medical attention can prove fatal for babies. According to UNICEF, 2.5 Million children died in the first four weeks […]

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  • Pregnancy

    5 Danger Signs In Pregnancy

    Danger signs in pregnancy refer to abrupt and unpredictable complications that may occur anytime during the antenatal period. While most women will have uneventful pregnancies, sometimes complications arise. These complications, if left unattended to, place the life of the mother and that of her unborn child at risk. Since these complications may occur at any […]

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  • Infant Health

    Infant Massage: Understanding the benefits

    Infant massage provides a gentle way to relax and bond with your baby. By definition, a massage refers to the systematic rubbing and kneading of the body to release tension and ease pain. Many parents are aware that touch and contact is a key part of the infant bonding experience. The beauty about infant massage […]

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  • Infant Health

    Baby Immunization Schedule – Here’s What To Expect

    Baby immunization refers to the process where a baby receives vaccines in order to protect them against specific diseases, thus giving them immunity. A vaccine is a weakened version of the germs that cause the disease for which the baby needs vaccination. After immunization, the vaccines stimulate the baby’s immune system to build up antibodies […]

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  • Pregnancy

    Preconception Nutrition – Healthy Weight and Dietary Choices before Pregnancy

    Preconception nutrition is one of five aspects of preconception care. Preconception care refers to the care that a woman and her partner receive before getting pregnant. This care plays a critical role because it focuses on improving the couple’s health, and subsequently of the child to be born. Preconception care is key because it improves […]

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  • Pregnancy

    Gestational Diabetes – Why does it occur?

    What is gestational diabetes? Gestational Diabetes is a type of diabetes that develops for the first time during pregnancy, in a woman who has previously not had diabetes. Gestational diabetes can occur at any stage during the pregnancy. For most women, however, it develops in the second or third trimester of pregnancy. This pregnancy complication […]

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  • Infant Health

    Caring For a Preemie: Here Is What Parents Need To Know

    Caring for a preemie is no easy walk for parents whose babies are born too soon. Research shows that premature births occur in approximately 10 to 12% of pregnancies. Additionally, more than 50% of pregnancies carrying multiples, that is twins, triplets or more result in a preterm birth. These statistics make it important for parents […]

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  • Post Natal Care

    Kangaroo Mother Care: What is it, and what are its benefits?

    What is Kangaroo Mother Care? Kangaroo Mother Care is a simple way of caring for newborn infants. It is also referred to as skin-to-skin care. With this form of care, the infant is placed against the mother’s skin to help regulate its body temperature. Kangaroo Mother Care, abbreviated KMC, has been shown to meet the […]

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  • Birth and Delivery

    Preterm Birth: Risk Factors and Symptoms

    A preterm birth, also referred to as a premature birth, refers to the birth of a baby before the 37th week of pregnancy. A pregnancy is considered full-term after 37 weeks. Babies born during a premature birth are known as preemies. Preemies often experience medical complications. While these complications vary from one preemie to another, […]

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  • Infant Health

    World Prematurity Awareness Month

    World Prematurity Awareness Month is observed annually in the month of November. World Prematurity Day is held on 17th November with the aim of raising awareness on the numerous challenges that preemies face. Preemies is a term that is used to refer to babies born before their due date.  During this month, different stakeholders in this […]

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  • Pregnancy

    Ways to offer support and help after pregnancy loss

    Pregnancy loss is a common occurrence, but this does not make it an easy experience for affected women. Statistics show that about 20% of pregnant women will experience pregnancy loss. This translates to 1 in every 4 women who are expecting. How then is it possible to offer support for a woman who has gone […]

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  • Pregnancy

    Grief after pregnancy loss

    Grief after pregnancy loss is rarely talked about, yet it is a devastating experience for many women and their partners. To start us off, we will outline a few definitions to better understand pregnancy loss and grief. Pregnancy Loss Pregnancy Loss is a broad term that is used to describe the sudden and unexpected loss […]

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  • Pregnancy

    October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

    October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss (PAIL) Awareness Month. The pregnancy loss movement traces its beginnings to 1988 in the USA. In October 1988, President Ronald Reagan set October as the month to raise awareness on Pregnancy and Infant Loss. In his words,  “When a child loses his parent, they are called an orphan. When […]

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  • Maternal Mental Health

    Maternal Mental Health

    Maternal mental health refers to a woman’s mental health during the perinatal period. The perinatal period is a term that is generally used to define the period during pregnancy and up to one year after childbirth. This definition is based on the definition of mental health. Mental health, in general, refers to an individual’s psychological […]

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  • Maternal Mental Health

    Postpartum Depression: Why it is important for women to know

    Postpartum Depression (abbreviated PPD) is a maternal mental illness that affects women after child birth. According to Postpartum Support International (PSI), Postpartum Depression affects up to 15% of all new mothers. These rates are thought to be higher in developing countries such as Kenya, making PPD one of the most common complications in the perinatal […]

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  • Birth and Delivery

    What is an Obstetric Fistula?

    Obstetric Fistula An obstetric fistula is an abnormal hole that forms between a woman’s vagina and her bladder or rectum. The opening forms after prolonged obstructed labour in cases where a woman in labour does not get medical attention quickly. According to the Fistula Foundation, fistula causes the woman to suffer urine and faecal incontinence. […]

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  • Pregnancy

    Preeclampsia and Eclampsia: What You Need To Know

    What is Preeclampsia? Preeclampsia, previously known as toxemia, is a condition that occurs during pregnancy. Preeclampsia is characterized by high blood pressure in pregnant women who have had no history of high blood pressure. In addition to this, pregnant women who have preeclampsia will also have a high concentration of proteins in their urine. It […]

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  • Pregnancy

    Miscarriages: Types, Symptoms and Treatment

    What are miscarriages? Miscarriages occur when a foetus dies during early pregnancy, usually before the 20th week of the pregnancy. A miscarriage is also referred to as a spontaneous abortion. It is important to note that, reference to a spontaneous abortion does not mean an induced abortion. The difference between a spontaneous abortion (miscarriage) and […]

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  • Breastfeeding

    Common breastfeeding challenges – and how you can handle them

    We all know that breastfeeding confers immense health benefits to babies. WHO recommends that babies are breastfed exclusively for the first six months of life, that is without any additional foods and drinks (not even water). After the sixth month, mothers are advised to do complimentary feeding so that while the babies are still breastfeeding, […]

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  • Breastfeeding

    6 Practical Breastfeeding tips for new moms

    The month of August is observed as World Breastfeeding Awareness Month, a celebration held yearly to protect and promote breastfeeding globally. The theme for this year was to ‘Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding’. Empowered parents are more likely to sustain breastfeeding for a longer period of time. In line with this year’s theme, we will be […]

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    Breastfeeding Awareness Month: Here is how families can support breastfeeding mothers

    August marks World Breastfeeding Awareness Month, and in the first week from 1st to 7th, the World Breastfeeding Week. This month seeks to advocate, protect and support breastfeeding by women globally. This annual awareness is organized by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). Breastfeeding is promoted because it provides babies with a healthy start […]

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    August is World Breastfeeding Awareness Month – Here is why it matters

    Every year, the first week of August marks the World Breastfeeding Awareness Week. This is an annual celebration that is marked from the 1st to the 7th of August in more than 100 countries globally. The awareness week is organized by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), WHO and UNICEF with the goal of […]

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    Preconception Care

    Pre-conception Care refers to the care that a woman and her partner receive before getting pregnant. This form of care focuses on improving the couple’s health status. Additionally, it aids in the reduction of behaviours and external factors that pose a challenge to the mother-to-be and her unborn child. Simply put, preconception care is taking […]

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    Pregnancy Timeline

    Pregnancy Timeline: Here is what is happening to your body as pregnancy progresses The pregnancy timeline is, for many women, an exciting time as one anticipates the arrival of their baby. So, you have missed your period, and are starting to notice your breasts have become bigger. You are also exhausted lately, so you buy […]

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    Pregnancy and the role of the midwife

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