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November 30, 2018

Natural remedies for pregnancy symptoms

Pregnancy is a beautiful journey for many, but it comes with a few bumps along the way. These bumps are the pregnancy symptoms you experience. Don’t worry, though. Home remedies can help with several pregnancy hiccups. Here are some of the worst symptoms and how to remedy them. Nausea One of the most common side-effects of your baby bump is nausea. Nausea during pregnancy is usually caused by the flood of pregnancy hormones in your body. The best way to deal with nausea is to try and prevent it. Do this by eating smaller, frequent meals rather than big ones.…
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Pregnancy
November 30, 2018

Want to get pregnant? Do this first

So you’re ready for a little bundle of joy? There are a few things you need to put in place before you bring your little one into the world. With some important lifestyle changes, you can prepare your body for a healthy pregnancy. It’s time to get off birth control Before you start trying for a baby, you’ll have to stop your birth control a couple of months in advance. This will give you a bit of time to see what your natural menstrual cycle is like, so you can figure out when you're ovulating (the time of the month…
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Pregnancy
October 8, 2018

Can I fall pregnant if I have diabetes?

Diabetes is a chronic condition and once you’ve been diagnosed with it, you need to take care of your health by monitoring and keeping your sugar levels in check. These checks become more important and necessary when you’re pregnant, as your body goes through a lot of changes. Yes, you can fall pregnant if you have diabetes, but managing your condition becomes important for your own health and the health of your baby. How will diabetes affect your pregnancy? Poorly controlled diabetes increases the chances of having a big baby, weighing of more than four kilograms (a larger-than-average newborn). This…
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Pregnancy
October 8, 2018

I’m pregnant! Now, what do I do?

Lately, your breasts feel tender, you can’t seem to keep your favourite foods down. When last did you get your period? Oh… With a few home pregnancy tests done and dusted, you guessed it, you’re pregnant! But what should you do now? Confirm your pregnancy Before shouting about your baby bump, confirm your pregnancy. Dr Philip Zinn, a Cape Town obstetrician and gynaecologist recommends a urine test. A positive urine test should be enough to confirm that you’re pregnant. If you’re still not convinced, talk to your doctor about a blood test. Let the countdown begin! Once your pregnancy is…
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Pregnancy
January 8, 2018

Can you be ‘pregnant’ without having a baby?

Is this even possible? Yes, shockingly, it’s true. You can be “pregnant” without really being pregnant. What is 'false pregnancy'? Also known as pseudcyesis or phantom pregnancy, this condition happens when you believe that you are carrying a baby, but there is no evidence that this is true. Your body can basically respond in the exact same way as if you were pregnant, but you have no foetus in the womb. The symptoms are all there: swollen belly, nausea, vomiting, enlarged breasts – and the woman may even feel like there’s movement in the tummy. Your menstrual cycle may even…
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Pregnancy
November 13, 2017

Wait! Don’t wash your newborn yet!

After nine months, your bundle of joy has finally arrived and is now ready for your love and affection. Just before you can get to cuddle time though, the nurse is ready for a little wash and dry. But is washing your newborn really necessary? Don't be so fast! Bathing dos and don’ts The waxy coating on your newborn’s skin (vernix caseosa) is the wax that develops in the womb. It contains loads of benefits for your baby when it’s left behind or even rubbed in. The coating is filled with amino acids, proteins, and antibacterial and antimicrobial compounds. According…
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Pregnancy
October 31, 2017

8 Steps to lose weight after having a baby

The experience of having a baby is hard to describe. It’s amazing, it’s exciting, and, at times, just plain scary. While you navigate the emotional ups and downs of being a new mother, seeing pictures of other women who appear to bounce back to their pre-baby shape within hours of giving birth can make you feel more down than up! While we can’t promise you’ll have Beyoncé’s pre-baby body, there are a few things you can do to get your OWN body back. 1. Be realistic It took 9 months (and a new person), to gain the pregnancy weight. Don’t…
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Pregnancy
October 27, 2017

What are Braxton Hicks contractions?

Braxton Hicks contractions are painless sporadic uterine contractions that start about 6 weeks into your pregnancy, although you won't be able to feel them that early. They get their name from John Braxton Hicks, an English doctor who first described them in 1872. Who gets them? Braxton Hicks contractions are normal in all pregnancies, but you probably won't start to notice them until sometime after mid-pregnancy, and some women don’t notice them at all. As your pregnancy progresses, Braxton Hicks contractions tend to come somewhat more often, but until you get to your last few weeks, they'll probably remain infrequent,…
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Pregnancy
October 27, 2017

The 10 pregnancy symptoms you should not ignore

No matter how much you have read up on pregnancy, or how much advice you get from other pregnant moms, there may still be times when you worry about certain feelings and symptoms. But how do you know what’s “normal”, or when it’s time to see a doctor? Here are the main pregnancy symptoms that should set off alarm bells. If you experience any of these, call your doctor right away. 1. Pain in the lower belly  Severe pain on either or both sides of your lower belly needs investigating. While you could have stretched a ligament, which is common…
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Pregnancy
October 24, 2017

What are the normal symptoms of pregnancy?

For expectant moms, pregnancy is generally a roller-coaster of hormones and emotions, ranging from excitement and anticipation to fear of the unknown. The good news is, it’s natural and entirely normal to feel this way – so take a deep breath and enjoy the journey to parenthood. If you’re a first time mom, then this is where you need to be. We spoke to Dr Russell Thomson, one of our resident doctors at Hello Doctor about common symptoms and what to expect in each trimester. Dr. Thomson suggests scheduling a visit with your doctor as soon as you suspect that…
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