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Pregnancy health

Africa can’t let maternity care slide during the coronavirus pandemic

Amid global commitments to defeat, or at least minimise, the pervasive effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact on the African continent remains unclear.

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Coronavirus while pregnant or giving birth: here’s what you need to know

As COVID-19 is a new virus, we are learning more about it every day. As most pregnant women are young and generally healthy, they’re less likely to be severely affected (which is good news). But as there is also a baby to consider, the picture can be more complex.

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Coronavirus: What pregnant women need to know

Pregnant women should take the same precautions as everyone else to avoid getting sick.

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Can pregnancy symptoms really predict the sex of your baby?

A psychologist uses science to bust commonly held pregnancy myths.

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Study shows wearing makeup during pregnancy could cause kids to be overweight

Can make up and the daily use of moisturizer cause health and body weight issues for your unborn child?

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Are you a mom-to-be with a chronic illness? You need to read this

February is Reproductive Awareness Month! Here a local gynaecologist provides her top tips to moms-to-be with preexisting chronic conditions on how to reduce risk when expecting.

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1-in-5 new mothers will experience depression before or after giving birth

As many as 1-in-5 new mothers will experience depression just before or after giving birth, at risk to their own health and the growth and development of their newborns.

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Woman with two wombs and two vaginas overcomes the odds to deliver perfect baby girl

"Even with my condition, there was a happy ending." Eleanor Rowe shares her remarkable fertility journey, one that she hopes will inspire others to keep believing even under the most unlikely of circumstances.

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Postnatal psychosis: 8 signs mom needs help urgently

Postpartum psychosis can be catastrophic, but what are the signs?

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Pregnant? You should be adding non-alcoholic beverages to your list of what to avoid during pregnancy

"In particular, certain brands claiming to have alcohol concentrations of 0.0% had levels of up to 1.8%." Non-alcoholic should not be interpreted to mean zero alcohol, here's why it's best to steer clear of these products when expecting.

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Local author shares her harrowing experience of perinatal distress

"During the first trimester of my planned and prayed-for pregnancy, I found myself sinking into a deep pit of despair that threatened to consume me." Lauren Shapiro shares her journey.

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Insomnia in pregnancy: A commonly dismissed condition

Because mild sleep problems are so common during pregnancy, many health-care providers dismiss reports of insomnia, leaving women to manage the condition on their own and without resources they desperately need.

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Fainting during pregnancy can be risky for mother and child

Research with almost 500,000 women, reveals connections between fainting in pregnancy and medical problems in both mother and child.

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Being pregnant is like running a marathon for 9 months straight says study

Being pregnant like running a marathon for 9 months, "no surprise to anyone who's ever carried and birthed a baby" says Associate Prof. Herman Pontzer.

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It’s been 7 weeks since Meghan Markle gave birth to baby Archie and people are already betting she’s pregnant with baby number two

People are already placing bets that Meghan Markle is pregnant, or at the very least, we'll meet baby number two sooner than we think... What a right load of codswallop, crumpets!

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Paternal leave is more important for moms than dads study finds

Paternal leave is about more than just time off for fathers, and one US study is proving just how vital a father's role is when talking maternal health.

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Pregnant women and babies can be vegans – careful nutrition planning is key

Can you follow a vegan diet and still meet specific nutrient requirements in pregnancy? Of course. But there are rules to follow to guide your food choices and ensure you and baby get the nutrients you need. This Australian study sets them out nicely, with a useful pregnancy sample menu to get you started.

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#WithoutMom: This ad crushed us ahead of Mother’s Day – now is the time to fight for moms

The Rockefeller Foundation released a video ahead of Mother’s Day that got us right in the feels. But it also shed light on the fact that we lose so many moms, every day, simply because we don't have the interventions in place to prevent the very many things that can go wrong in pregnancy and childbirth.

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Don’t kiss your kids? Questioning the recent advice about CMV in pregnancy

Make sure your countertops are clean at all times. Do not share food and drinks with your kids. Do not kiss your kids... Honestly, none of these guidelines to avoid CMV in pregnancy seem manageable for pregnant moms because quite frankly, homes aren’t hospitals and interacting with kids will always be messy. Health professionals seem ever ready to stoke up guilt with their advice and we're starting to question the recent guidelines to avoid CMV in pregnancy.

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5 yoga moves for moms-to-be like Meghan

With Meghan Markle due to give birth soon, we take a look at five yoga techniques perfect for pregnant moms, with celebrity pregnancy expert Jane Wake.

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This mom-to-be compiled every piece of morning sickness advice she could find in one hilarious post

"If things get really bad, you can always get stronger meds. Your mother in law definitely won't say things like, "Well, in my day, we weren't allowed to take ANYTHING for nausea. We just dealt with it..." THANKS, SHARON" - This mom-to-be shared hilarious tips and advice to women going through the same dreaded morning sickness she is and we can't stop laughing.

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Stretch marks: The one thing you never thought could help

You may have some stored in the fridge at the moment, you may be busy making it right now, but we bet you didn't know just how powerful that liquid gold really is...

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Expecting moms, you may want to talk to your doctor about gestational diabetes

“Gestational diabetes is most common from 20 weeks of pregnancy and is rarely diagnosed before this." 10 to 16 February as Pregnancy Awareness Week in South Africa, and here we discuss one of the most common but unknown health risk developed during pregnancy.

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FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: The world’s busiest maternity ward

Anita Rani investigates rapidly growing populations in the developing world in this BBC feature documentary.
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