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05 Jun Hair loss after delivery

Q. I have just delivered my baby four months ago. I have noticed that my hair has started to shed more than usual. Is this normal? What is the cause? Is there anything I should worry about? A. It is a normal phenomenon that many mothers...

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15 May Foods to avoid during pregnancy

Maternal nutrition during pregnancy will affect the growth of the foetus as well as its future health.  A well-balanced diet should consist of an appropriate amount of carbohydrate, protein, fats, vitamins and minerals. In choosing what to eat during pregnancy, it is important to know...

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20 Mar I am in my 38th week of my pregnancy. This is my first pregnancy and my blood pressure had increased from 120/70 to 140/90 over the last 3 weeks in spite of taking medications. My obstetrician suggested that I should be induced soon. What is induced labour? How is it done? Are there any risks?

An induced labour is one that is started artificially by your obstetrician who probably thinksthat your baby would benefit from an earlier rather than later delivery. This is because hypertension may affect the placental function and threaten your baby’s well being . Other medical reasons for...

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18 Jan I am a first time mum in my first trimester. I have been suffering from depression before pregnancy and am taking antidepressants. Will the medication harm my baby? What should I do?

Depression during pregnancy is difficult to manage as hormonal changes in the body can trigger a wide range of emotions. If left untreated, it can have harmful effects on both the mum and the baby. The mum may be listless. She may not have enough energy...

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19 Dec My first pregnancy ended in caesarean section because my baby was in a breech position. I am now in the last trimester of my second pregnancy. The baby is in a head- down position. I am very keen to experience a normal vaginal birth. Can I try? What are the risks?

In general, vaginal delivery has physical and emotional benefits for mother and baby. They include: reduced blood loss less post-delivery complications such as wound infection and pain shorter recuperative period decreased risks in future pregnancies of placental problems positive emotional experience of achieving a vaginal...

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10 Oct I am a first time mum in my last trimester. Recently, I read in the newspaper that the number of babies suffering from whooping cough is on the rise and the Government is reviewing the policy of vaccinating pregnant mothers as a way of prevention. Do I need the vaccination? Is it safe? Any side effects?

Whooping cough or Pertussis is a serious and very contagious disease caused by the bacteria, Bordetella pertussis.  The disease causes damage to the lungs which may result in death especially in young infants. It spreads easily through the coughs and sneezes of an infected person....

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