Pregnancy

Prepublication release: 29 April 2020

How do the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown influence South African pregnant women?

Being pregnant amid the world-wide lockdown due to the novel coronavirus is particularly stressful and pregnant moms across the country express their concerns.

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Apgar Score

What is meant by the Apgar Score?

If this is your first baby, you will be quite surprised by your baby’s appearance. Instead of the picture-perfect little angel, your baby will most probably look bluish, and covered with blood and cream-cheese-looking sticky stuff (Vernix).

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Pregnancy & Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes develops during pregnancy and may persist after the birth. Due to advances in medicine, most diabetic women have healthy babies.

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Teenage mothers and schooling

Challenges are aggravated by lack of support by teachers and peers and babies are not supported in schools. Teacher and school attitudes vary widely and many teenagers feel that the teachers “gave up on them”.

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Are teenage fathers involved?

It is wrongly assumed that the adolescent father is unconcerned about the pregnant girl, her safety or the well-being of the child. If he accepted the pregnancy and wants to be involved, it is important to include him in planning alternative solutions regarding the child’s future.

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When contraception fails …

The “morning after” or “post-coital” pill are recommended for backup or emergency use and should not be used in place of ordinary contraceptives. It does NOT cause an abortion …

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