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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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26 Sep I am now in my 4th month of pregnancy. My friends advise me to take a lot of fish so that my child can have a better I.Q. I do not like to eat fish. Besides, I am afraid that fish may contain toxic substances, like mercury, which are toxic for my baby. Can I take other types of food? Should I take supplements?

I presume you are referring to the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish. They belong to a class of fatty acids called essential fatty acids which the body cannot produce and must be obtained from food. Omega-3 fatty acids are the "good" fat that come in...

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16 May I am 6 weeks pregnant. This is my first pregnancy. 3 days ago, I came into direct contact with my colleague who was diagnosed with chickenpox today. I do not have any past history of chicken pox. What are my chances of catching the disease? What should I do?

Chicken pox is a highly contagious viral infection. If you have not had it before and have had direct contact with an infected person, it is very likely that you may get it. The symptoms usually show up 14 to 16 days after exposure although this...

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27 Apr I am 34 weeks pregnant. Recently, I noticed swelling over my feet especially towards the end of the day. Is it normal? Is there anything in my diet that can help reduce the swelling?

Fluid retention is common during pregnancy. This is because your body is holding more water than normal due to the hormonal changes. The extra water tends to collect in the legs towards the end of the day, especially if you have been standing for a long...

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