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Fibroids are benign tumors of the uterus, or womb. They grow from the muscle cells of the uterus and may protrude from the inside or outside surface of the uterus or they may be contained within the muscular wall.Fibroids are very common. About 40% of women at the age of 40 will have them, ...
The risk of having a baby with chromosomal abnormalities (e.g Down's Syndrome or Trisomy 21) increases with age.With more women delaying childbearing until a later age in life, the risk of having an affected baby increases in these women. The risks are shown below e.g the risk of having a baby ...
Occasionally there may be a need to induce labour and deliver a baby. There are many reasons for this which include (not exhaustive) ... Pre-eclampsia Diabetes mellitus Ruptured membranes Growth restriction in a fetus Postdates pregnancySometimes induction can not be undertaken ...
1. Ensure adequate intake of FolateFolate is a water-soluble B vitamin that occurs naturally in food.  Folate helps produce and maintain new cells.  This is especially important during periods of rapid cell division and growth such as infancy and pregnancy.  Leafy green vegetables (like spinach ...
Did you know 3-8% of pregnancies are complicated by high blood pressure (hypertension)?Types of hypertension in pregnancy: Gestational hypertension This is a benign condition where high blood pressure develops in a pregnancy but there are no other signs of pre-eclampsia Chronic ...
What is GBS?Group B Streptococcus (GBS) is a bacteria which is found in the gastrointestinal and genital tracts of 10-30% of women.  It is usually harmless in non-pregnant women, but it can cause problems for pregnant women and newborn infants.What problems can GBS cause?For the ...
Nothing else in the field of Obstetrics seems to be as emotive as breastfeeding.Breastfeeding should be encouraged as a routine; however some mothers may not be able to breastfeed or choose to bottlefeed, and they should certainly not feel ostracized as a result.There are many benefits to ...
Headaches during a pregnancy are common, however, the diagnosis and management can be difficult.  It is reported by up to 80% of women during their pregnancies.Most headaches are migraines or tension headaches.  It is very rare for a headache to signal a life threatening condition, however, ...
Colposcopy is a procedure that uses a special microscope (called a colposcope) to look into the vagina and to look very closely at the cervix (the opening to the uterus, or womb).The colposcope magnifies the image of the outer portion of the cervix.  This allows the doctor to see the outer ...
The following article regarding gestational diabetes is for informational purposes only and cannot be considered as professional advice. If you have any concerns or questions regarding gestational diabetes, please consult your obstetrician.Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a condition that ...
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