• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • 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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    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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