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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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12 Apr I am a first-time mum at 26 weeks of pregnancy. Recently, my obstetrician told me that I have gestational diabetes and asked me to eat a diet low in glycaemic index (GI). What is glycaemic index?

Carbohydrate is one of the main nutrients in our food. When eaten, it is broken down into glucose which is the main source of energy for the cells in our body. The glycaemic index is a system of assigning a number to carbohydrate-containing foods according...

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07 Apr Obstetric Ultrasound Imaging

For more than 40 years, ultrasound has been established as a safe and invaluable tool in the evaluation of the fetus. However, the long-term effects of repeated ultrasound exposures on the fetus are not fully known. What is Ultrasound? Ultrasound imaging...

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07 Apr Thalassemia

Thalassemia is a group of inherited (passed from parents to children) blood disorders that can cause mild to severe anemia (lack of blood). To understand how thalassemia affects the human body, one must understand how red blood cell is made. Hemoglobin is the...

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07 Apr Stress Incontinence Pregnancy

About 70% of pregnant women experience urine leakage called stress incontinence. A woman's body goes through many changes during pregnancy. The relationship between the bladder and the womb before pregnancy is altered when the baby starts to grow. As the baby grows,...

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07 Apr Stillbirth

When fetal death occurs after 20 weeks of pregnancy, it is referred to as stillbirth. It occurs in about one in 200 pregnancies and for many parents, the loss is completely unexpected, because up to half of all stillbirths occur in pregnancies...

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07 Apr Ovarian Cyst Pregnancy

Ovaries are 2 small oval shaped organs in the lower part of the abdomen. They produce eggs and female hormones. The egg is developed in a sac (cyst) filled with nourishing fluid. Every month, the cyst bursts and the egg is released...

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07 Apr Osteitis Pubis

Osteitis Pubis is an inflammation of the pubic bones. The pelvic girdle is made up of bones which form a ring like structure. The bones meet in front and form a fused joint called symphysis pubis. During pregnancy, hormones relax the ligaments...

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