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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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07 Apr Miscarriage

About one in five pregnant women had some vaginal bleeding or staining in the first 3 months (trimester). Of these women, about 30% ended in miscarriage (spontaneous abortion). Most women miscarry in the first trimester, occasionally this may occur in the mid-pregnancy. The...

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07 Apr Ectopic Pregnancy

Ectopic pregnancy is a dangerous medical condition where the baby instead of embeding in the womb is implanted outside.The most common site is within a Fallopian tube (tubal pregnancy). Very rarely, it can occur in the ovary, the abdomen, and the neck...

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07 Apr Gestational Diabetes

Usually, our body breaks down much of the food we eat into a type of sugar, called glucose. Our body makes a hormone called insulin that moves glucose out of the blood and into the cells of the body. In diabetes, the...

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