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I was pregnant, Wow, I thought! I was excited and anxious at the same time. This was what I wanted – to be a mom. The thing about pregnancy and having children is that everyone seems to know it all. Their advice and beliefs will be imposed on you,...
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At the age of 44, ex-pats Kim Stanway-Kok and her husband Rene Kok (47) had long since given up any hope of extending their family. Having made a life for themselves in Holland and already blessed with two sons, Kyle (27) and Keegan (17), the couple had always secretly...
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Gestational diabetes is a specific type of diabetes that occurs in pregnancy. Once you’ve had gestational diabetes, your risk of having it again in your next pregnancy is higher. So too is your lifetime chance of developing type 2 diabetes and heart disease. The good news is taking steps such as...
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Let’s face it, exercise can be a big ask when it’s frosty outside and all you want to do is snuggle up on the coach with a cup of hot chocolate and your favourite series on Netflix. Add a baby bump and you’re basically asking the impossible. But, having...
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As usual, I was woken by the not-so-little, rather uncomfortable kicks. Someone was alerting mommy that it was time for breakfast. When I finally woke up, I was flooded by thoughts of guilt, confusion and uncertainty. I thought to myself “am I being fair to you, my baby, because...
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I cried when I was told I had to have a C-section. It wasn’t in my delivery plan. Even though I had been massaging my perineum with almond oil to prepare it for the inevitable stretching, it was not meant to be. As an OB/GYN the change in birth...
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Pregnancy, labour and delivery are incredibly physically demanding for women. But birth is no walk in the park for the baby either. A new paper reveals just how much a baby’s head is pushed and distorted by vaginal delivery. By recording MRI scans before and during labour, the researchers show the...
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Birth is a beautiful thing. A new life is beginning. A family is growing. But being born isn’t an easy ride down the birth canal. It’s back-breaking work! And this is why. At the end of pregnancy, when mom can’t get comfortable and is more than ready to “get this...
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Preeclampsia is a serious disease related to high blood pressure that can strike fast . It can happen to any pregnant woman during the second half of her pregnancy, or up to six weeks after delivery. The term “preelampsia” includes related hypertensive disorders of pregnancy which may not be distinguishable...
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Flu season is nearly upon us and for a lot of people, this means the risk of headaches, chills and lethargy. However, the risk of influenza is much more serious than that. We delve into the science behind one of the most prevalent infections worldwide – influenza. In its most...
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