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Pregnancy
March 15, 2017

How do you feel about genetically modified babies?

You customise your smartphone, modify your coffee order and choose a specific set of frames for your glasses. Your entire life is practically custom built. Thanks to genetic technology, you will soon be able to customise your children, giving you the option to choose eye colour, hair colour, and even making them resistant to HIV. How does it work? In the simplest terms: geneticists are now able to cut and paste the genetics of an embryo almost in the same way that you can cut and paste a line from this article. With this technique, called ‘germline editing’, we can…

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FertilityPregnancy
November 13, 2016

Reasons why you’re not falling pregnant

The equation for making a baby is quite simple: all you need is  1 Man + 1 Woman + Sex = Baby, right? Unfortunately, it's not always that simple. And the problem can be either with the men, or the woman. Here are the top factors that affect fertility in men, and in women. (more…)

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PregnancySurgery
September 14, 2016

Groundbreaking surgery on an unborn baby!

We are so proud of our South African surgeons, who made history again! This time, it was Dr Ismail Bhorat, a foetal specialist from Durban, who did a rare operation on an unborn baby. What was wrong with the foetus? The 6 month-old foetus had a rare condition, called ‘pericardial effusion’: a collection of fluid around the heart. The fluid compresses the heart and lungs, affecting the heart’s ability to pump, and the unborn baby’s ability to breathe. What makes this a ground-breaking operation? There have been previous operations on unborn babies (known as in-utero). However, this particular operation has…

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Pregnancy
September 12, 2016

Pregnant with the flu? Here’s what to do!

As spring begins to tempt us with blue skies and warmer temperatures, you may start to pat yourself on the back for managing to avoid getting flu during winter. (more…)

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Pregnancy
June 27, 2016

The ins and outs of pre-eclampsia

Pre-eclampsia is a condition that affects some pregnant women, and it is marked by high blood pressure, a high level of protein in the urine, and often swelling in the feet, legs, hands and face. (more…)

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Pregnancy
June 22, 2016

‘I had a Caesarean – What now?’

So you’ve had a Caesarean Section - do you realise that this is considered major surgery? It’s totally normal to feel emotionally overwhelmed and physically drained. How do you ensure the best outcome for you and your baby? (more…)

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Pregnancy
May 25, 2016

What to expect during labour

Giving birth is one of the most natural processes, but the prospect of pain and possible complications are all valid concerns. The truth is, the more you know about the labour process, and the more prepared you are when the time comes, the better it is for you and your baby. Here, we take a closer look at what to expect during the first, second and third stages of labour. The first stage of labour This is usually the longest stage, and it's when contractions make your cervix dilate (open up) slowly. When you’ve dilated more than 3cm, you are…

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Pregnancy
April 26, 2016

Recovering after childbirth

You’ve done it! After 9 months of ups and downs, body changes and anticipation, you’re going home with your new baby! It’s exciting and your new-born is taking up all your attention, but don‘t forget to look after yourself. You may have been told that your body will be back to normal in 6 weeks, but it takes a bit longer to adjust after pregnancy and birth. Getting rest and taking care of yourself are vital steps to getting both your strength and energy back. Here are some key steps: Watch out for problem signs. If you develop a breast…

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FertilityPregnancySexual Health
March 12, 2016

Putting the FUN into fertility

Amazingly, you have only around a 20% chance of conceiving each month – and this is only if everything is working as it should be. This percentage decreases with certain factors like increasing age (especially over 30), certain medical conditions and medication, being overweight, smoking and lack of exercise. (more…)

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Pregnancy
February 10, 2016

I’m Pregnant – Do I Need a Doula?

You’ve heard the term, but what is a doula? A Greek word meaning women’s servant, a doula is a professional trained in childbirth. Her role is to provide emotional, physical, and educational support to a mother who is expecting, is going through labour, or has recently given birth. The doula’s purpose is to help women have a safe, positive and empowering birthing experience. What does a doula do? Your relationship with your doula will start a few months before your baby is due – you will be able to express any concerns or fears, ask questions and have her there…

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