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

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...

Colic

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...

Strap-in-the-Future

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

What to eat if you are feeling unwell...

Constipation:
  • increase your daily intake of fruit and vegetables. These foods provide dietary fibre and should preferably be eaten raw or lightly cooked, with the skin left on
  • whole-grain cereals and breads, legumes and dried fruit, are also excellent sources of fibre
  • if you are not used to a fibre-rich diet, introduce these foods slowly, to avoid gas and bloating
  • large meals, place a strain on the digestive system and can lead to constipation, gas and bloating. Rather eat smaller meals, more frequently throughout the day
  • avoid refined foods as these may exacerbate constipation
  • ensure that you drink between 6-8 glasses of water a day
  • gentle exercise can also be helpful
  • prune juice acts as a natural laxative

Diarrhoea:
  • eat foods that are high in pectin and gums, 2 types of dietary fibre, that help absorb excess water. For example, applesauce, bananas, white rice, oatmeal, and toasted refined wheat bread
  • other foods that may be helpful and include important vitamins and minerals are; potato and unsweetened cereals, vegetables such as cooked carrots, non-diary based soups that contain rice or noodles, and/or vegetables, and lean meats
  • avoid high sugar drinks and rather quench your thirst with sports drinks (like the electrolyte-replacement sports drink, like Energade) or water
  • if diarrhoea persists for more than a few days, even if it is mild, contact your doctor. Diarrhoea can easily lead to dehydration, which is a major risk factor for premature labour.
  • stay away from diarrhoea medications that contain sodium or sodium bicarbonate. These are not suitable for use during pregnancy

Heartburn:
  • indigestion tends to be more common in later pregnancy, when your baby displaces or squashes your internal organs
  • eat small, frequent meals throughout the day
  • drink before or after meals, rather than with them. Too much fluid mixed with food, distends the stomach and aggravates heartburn
  • chew slowly and thoroughly. Don't rush meals, as this causes you to swallow air, which can form gas pockets in your stomach and makes it harder for your body to digest food
  • limit caffeinated foods and beverages
  • some women find that carbonated drinks cause gas or heartburn, while others find that they calm the digestive system
  • avoid foods that exacerbate your indigestion. For some women, broccoli, spinach, cauliflower, spicy, highly-seasoned and fried foods are problematic
  • avoid lying down 1-2 hours after eating and try sleeping with your head slightly elevated, to prevent esophageal reflux
  • chewing a stick of sugarless gum, can help reduce excessive acid