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Potential cure for common and sometimes deadly pregnancy complication in South Africa

its pregnancy week!MONDAY marked Pregnancy Education Week and what better way to commemorate this important with South Africa trialling a potential cure for common and sometimes fatal pregnancy complication? Currently there is no cure for pre-eclampsia, a pregnancy complication, which can be deadly for the new mother or the baby if the said baby is born too early. http://bit.ly/2lsDdPb

But what is Pre-eclampsia? Pre-eclampsia is where the placenta releases toxins in the body that can lead to organ failure in pregnant women. Pre-eclampsia is also one of the leading causes of high blood pressure in expecting women, which can lead to fatal strokes or heart attacks.

This trial comes as a result of the fact that in South Africa Pre-eclampsia is one of the most leading causes of maternal death. The research behind this is by well-known University of Stellenbosch academic Dr. Cathy Cluver who is leading a trial giving a common drug used for heartburn and indigestion to pregnant women with the condition to see if it stops it. Australia’s University of Melbourne researchers discovered that this common drug, known as Nexium, stops toxins being created by the placenta.

In other developments on celebration of the Pregnancy Education Week that is being currently hosted nationally, the Baby Lounge and the Healthy Mom and Baby Clinic in Jeffrey’s Bay have teamed up to host a special event for all pregnant women and their partners on Friday February 25. http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/Local/Kouga-Express/education-day-hosted-for-pregnant-women-20170208

This year’s theme is The Perfect dance of birth hormones – our amazing birthing body working in perfect synchronicity with speakers including Dr. Clayton Grieve (Gynaechologist and Obstetrician), and Dr. Natasha Wepener (Naturapath), amongst others.

Event host Sr Leisle van Vliet who will host the event in Jeffrey’s Bay at her Baby Lounge said that it is important that events like these took place especially for the new mom and their baby. She said, “If I can help one mother at a time, I have reached so muc.” Vliet further said that the aim of her clinic was to form a reliable and holistic relationship with each new mom and assist her by continuously educating her on her baby’s development and growth.

Here are the six reasons to attend childbirth education classes this pregnancy education season

  • Expertise – educators are experienced nursing sisters and midwives who have chosen to specialise in childbirth education because they passionately believe in it
  • Knowledge – you learn about ALL the childbirth options available to you, and the pros and cons of each
  • Tools – you’ll be given practical tips and techniques – such as breathing, relaxation, positions, massage and visualisation – that can help you have an easier birth
  • Confidence – you and your partner will feel more confident knowing what to expect and how to manage it
  • Be prepared – you’ll be taught about all aspects of pregnancy and birth, from stretch marks to caring for your newborn
  • Connections – you’ll meet other expectant parents from your area. Lifelong friendships can be formed.

The event will take place at J-Bay Bru Co. at 10 Da Gama Road in Jeffreys Bay from 09:00 to 11:00 on Saturday, Fe-bruary 25. Tickets cost R30 per person.

Various lucky draws, including a pregnancy photo shoot, will be up for grabs.

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