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Over 35 and having a baby? Here is what you need to know

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Staff writer 35 is often quoted as a threshold for having a smooth pregnancy. However, most doctors agree that if you are generally healthy, you can still have a good pregnancy. However here are some things you need to be aware of. Conceiving The biggest obstacle for women age 35 or older may be getting pregnant in the first place. You’re born with a limited number of eggs and fertility rates begin to decline gradually at age 30, more so at 35, and markedly at age 40. Even with fertility treatments such as In Vitro Fertilization(IVF), women have more difficulty…

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Everything you want to know about baby scans

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Staff writer Most expecting parents look forward to getting scans on visits to the doctor, because this where they get the first glimpses of your baby, which is hugely exciting. However, as thrilled as it is to see your baby, the doctor does the scan to check your baby’s development. What is the purpose of baby scans?                                                                                      …

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Pregnant? 5 easy steps to great sleep tonight

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Staff writer Many women find that sleeping comfortably becomes elusive when they’re pregnant, especially towards the end of the pregnancy. If you’re struggling to get your Zzz’s, here are some things you should be doing. No late night snacking Avoid eating within two hours of bedtime so you can snooze better. A balanced supper with filling carbohydrates, such as bread or pasta will keep  blood sugar levels up and help prevent headaches, hot flashes and the need to nibble on unhealthy snacks. Drinking a glass of warm milk may help bring on sleep. To get the best sleep, stay off fried foods,…

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Tips for stress-free travel when you’re pregnant

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Are you pregnant and need to travel? Hitting the road doesn’t have to be a nightmare; here are some tips on how to make your journey easier and more enjoyable. AIR TRAVEL Check the airline's policy about air travel during pregnancy and consult with your doctor before embarking on air travel, even if you have done it before.If possible, opt to travel in the middle of your pregnancy, this is when you're likely to feel your best, and the risks of miscarriage and premature labor are the lowest. Get plenty of sleep the night before you leave, drink water at...
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How to get that famous pregnancy glow

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Every pregnant woman wants to have that gorgeous ‘glow’ that people often talk about. If your skin isn’t quite dewy and radiant, here are some tips to get you looking fabulous. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER Apart from flushing out toxins from the body as well as maintaining sufficient amniotic fluid, water will keep your skin dewy and moist and help your skin stretch. Aim for eight glasses of water daily because if your skin is not getting enough water, it will feel dry, tight, flaky and more prone to wrinkling. SKIN CARE REGIMENT If you are prone to acne, get...
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Everything you need to know about your baby and medical aid

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When planning the costs of having a baby, most parents focus on the medical costs associated with childbirth, so it can be a rude awakening to encounter complications at birth which require medical care. WHY BABIES NEED MEDICAL AID Complications can range from a simple case of jaundice, to immature lungs, infections and so on. If your baby develops a serious condition after delivery, they may have to go into neonatal ICU or other specialized care; this will sharply increase pediatrician costs. If you don’t have medical aid, you will have to pay out of pocket, or take your child...
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5 Essential Super foods every pregnant woman must have in her diet

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Eating healthy when you’re pregnant is important to keep you in tip top shape. Having a balanced diet will ensure that your baby develops optimally and that you are able to cope with the changes going on in your body. 1. EGGS An overlooked super food, eggs are rich in protein, which provides the building blocks for your baby’s cells. A single egg has more than 12 vitamins and minerals. If you are watching your cholesterol intake, substitute egg whites for whole eggs. Eggs are great because they are cheap, easy, quick, and versatile, so a couple of hard-boiled eggs...
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Baby Scans: What you need to know

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Most expecting parents look forward to getting scans on visits to the doctor, because this where they get the first glimpses of your baby, which is hugely exciting. However, as thrilled as it is to see your baby, the doctor does the scan to check your baby’s development. WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF BABY SCANS? Depending on your stage of pregnancy, scans can: Check your baby’s heartbeat. Accurately see how far along in your pregnancy you are. Examine your baby to see if all her organs are normal. Say whether you are pregnant with one baby or have multiple babies....
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5 tips to improve your sleep when pregnant

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Sleep helps you to recharge and keep going when you’re pregnant. If you’re struggling to get your Zzz’s, here are some things you should be doing. 1. NO LATE NIGHT SNACKING Avoid eating within two hours of bedtime so you can snooze better. A balanced supper with filling carbohydrates, such as bread or pasta will keep blood sugar levels up and help prevent headaches, hot flashes and the need to nibble on unhealthy snacks. Drinking a glass of warm milk may help bring on sleep. To get the best sleep,stay off fried foods, such as chips and cookies and avoid...
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Essential information to keep in your Personal Health Record when pregnant

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When Lindi was 7 months pregnant with her first baby, her obstetrician closed down his practice to move overseas. This was extremely inconvenient and nerve racking for Lindi who didn’t have any record of her care over the last months. She couldn’t recall what her vital sign readings said, what her lab results were and what some of her scans have looked like. She wished that she had her own copy of her records. If you are pregnant, here’s what you should tracking: BLOOD PRESSURE Your blood pressure readings provide a guide of how well your pregnancy has been progressing...
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