Home > Parenting > Pregnancy > Birth Birth All sections in Parenting » Child » Pregnancy » Fertility » Baby » Child Nutrition » Body » Home » First Year » Multimedia » Birth » Pregnancy nutrition » Pregnancy week-by-week » Kindergesondheid Epilepsy drug behind over 4 000 severe birth defects The risk of birth defects associated with the epilepsy medication valproate has been known since the 1980s. ASK The Paediatrician » Follow Health24 on Facebook » Quiz Are you ready for a baby? » Subscribe Parenting newsletter » How a woman's body changes during pregnancy Foetal development Here’s how having a doula by your side can ease your pregnancy If you’re pregnant (or thinking about it), you may want one on your side. MRIs can predict brain problems in premature babies Brain scans shortly after premature babies' birth may pinpoint future developmental problems. Brain problems in premature babies may develop before birth New findings suggest that factors contributing to premature birth may also affect brain development, which may be associated with other problems. Birthing pool not ideal for delivery It is important to differentiate between labouring in water and delivering in water – and new guidelines state that delivering a baby in water has no discernible benefits. What you should know before your twins or triplets arrive Having twins or triplets is double or triple the fun – and the work – but having a game plan, say paediatricians, is a great help. Menopause before 40 carries higher risk of broken bones A new study highlights the need for health care providers to take into consideration a woman's age at menopause onset when evaluating patients for bone fracture risk. Epidural better than 'laughing gas' for labour pain Nitrous oxide ('laughing gas') is becoming more widely available in the United States, but the majority of patients still end up requesting an epidural. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher up for grabs! Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know 8 strategies for treating both your bladder problems and your depression Symptoms differ from person to person, identifying what triggers your IBS Live healthier Cracked rib? » Here's why coughing can be good for you SEE: How long should a cough last? 7 ways coughing can injure your body The average cough lasts between two and three weeks and usually causes no serious physical damage – but beware when a cough turns violent! Heart health » Can you reverse your heart's age? Air purifiers may protect your heart against pollution You're not too young to have a heart attack How much do you really know about the things that can go wrong with your heart throughout the course of your life?