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Smoking and Pregnancy

Studies conducted world-wide over the past 25 years confirm that cigarette smoking has a marked effect on the outcome of pregnancy for mothers and babies. These findings were consistent, even after…

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What are after-pains?

For some days following labour, intermittent pains or “contractions” of the womb are still to be felt giving rise to the so-called after-pains. These are more common following a second or subsequent birth…

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What are the main advantages of breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding, being the natural sequel to nutrition in the womb, makes the transition into the world a little easier on baby, enabling a natural link to continue between mother and child. Breastfeeding fosters this link, giving the infant time to…

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What is Entonox?

This is a mixture of oxygen and another gas called nitrous oxide, which is now considered to be one of the safest and most versatile methods of pain relief in labour. It is also used in several other specialist procedures…

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My two-week-old baby cries a lot – what can I do?

Some babies cry for no apparent reason, possibly because of vague discomfort, feeling generally dissatisfied, bored or lonely. Devoting time to baby is the only way to make her/him feel safe and secure. For now mother is the best source of comfort…

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What should I eat during pregnancy?

The mother’s diet must make provisions for her own health, growth and development of her baby and storage of nutrients for breast milk. A wide variety of foods are essential:

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