Shaken Baby Syndrome

A large number of child deaths are reported in South Africa each year. A lot of deaths relate to neglect, abuse or murder. Despite this, there's a knowledge gap in relation to understanding the issue....

Amniotic fluid problems

The importance of amniotic fluid Amniotic fluid is essential for pregnancy and foetal development. Amniotic fluid is a watery substances residing inside a casing called the amniotic membrane or sac. ...

Choosing a pre-school

Becoming a parent is a momentous; life-changing event filled with hopes, expectations and naturally some fears. Parents often learn and grow alongside their children, as they face the challenges of pa...

Newborn reflexes

Although newborn babies are physically helpless and vulnerable at birth, they have a number of amazing innate abilities or reflexes. Reflexes are involuntary movements or actions, designed to protect ...


Mastitis is an inflammation of the breast that can lead to infection. The word “mastitis” is derived from the Greek word “mastos” meaning “breasts”, while the suffix “-itis” denotes “inflammation”. Ma...

Pelvic floor exercises

Although your new baby will probably bring you immense emotional satisfaction, physically you may feel uncomfortable and strange in your own skin. After 9 months of pregnancy and hormonal changes, you...


Babies cry because they need to communicate something and most parents, especially new moms, find it distressing to see or hear an unhappy baby. In time, you will learn to recognize the various causes...

Antenatal Classes

Antenatal classes are informative sessions provided to prepare expecting parents for the birth of their child and the early days of being a parent.Most antenatal classes are run by Midwives and occasi...


The Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 was launched on the 11 May 2011. It is a global declaration of war against road crashes and fatalities. According to Mr Sibusiso Ndebele, MP Minister of ...

  • Shaken Baby Syndrome

    Tuesday, 21 July 2015 16:28
  • Amniotic fluid problems

    Thursday, 14 May 2015 12:54
  • Choosing a pre-school

    Friday, 10 April 2015 17:50
  • Newborn reflexes

    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:49
  • Mastitis

    Tuesday, 03 March 2015 15:41
  • Pelvic floor exercises

    Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:20
  • Colic

    Wednesday, 11 February 2015 17:11
  • Antenatal Classes

    Monday, 03 June 2013 09:34
  • Strap-in-the-Future

    Thursday, 30 June 2011 13:52

Prenatal Supplements

In an ideal world, a healthy pregnant woman, should be able to meet all her nutritional requirements from diet alone. However, it is impossible to measure the exact quantities of vitamins and minerals retained in food, sometimes you may be too busy or feeling too sick to eat, or you didn't know in advance that your pregnancy would turn out to be high risk. For these reasons and many others, expectant moms are advised to take 'prenatal vitamins' during pregnancy. These are specially formulated multivitamins, designed to make up for any nutritional deficiencies in the mother's diet. Not all prenatal vitamins are the same and your doctor will prescribe a brand that most suits your needs.

In general, a prenatal vitamin should include the following:
  • 400 mg folic acid
  • 400 IU of vitamin D
  • 200-300 mg calcium
  • 70 mg vitamin C
  • 3 mg thiamine
  • 2 mg riboflavin
  • 20 mg niacin
  • 6 mg vitamin B 12
  • 10 mg of vitamin E
  • 15 mg zinc
  • 17 mg iron

However, no pill, no matter how complete can replace a well-balanced diet. It is crucial that most of your vitamins and minerals come from food, because that is the way that nutrients are most effectively absorbed. Food also contains fibre, water, important calories and proteins- which cannot always come packaged in a pill. Vitamins and minerals at high doses act as drugs in the body and should be treated as drugs, especially by expectant moms. A few vitamins, such as vitamin A and D, are toxic at levels not much beyond the recommended daily allowance. Any supplement, whether herbal or otherwise, should be taken under medical supervision.