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 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. 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. C-section raises risk of blood clots after childbirth In an analysis of international studies, researchers found that women who gave a Caesarean birth were four times more likely to develop a blood clot than women who delivered vaginally. 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. 3 steps to lower a woman's risk of premature birth According to a recent study there's a lot mothers-to-be can do to help ensure they deliver at full-term. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors WIN a R2000 Skin Renewal voucher! Constipation in women SA's old diesel vehicles continue to fuel allergies Live healthier Dangerous winter sun » Why female students ignore the risks of indoor tanning Can rooibos protect you from the effects of UVB exposure? Skin cancer always a risk – even in winter During winter, the risk of skin cancer doesn’t disappear. CyberDoc talks to us about when to see your doctor about a strange-looking mole or spot. Did you know? » The 5 saltiest foods may surprise you Craving salt? Your genes may be the reason 10 fascinating facts about salt The one thing that fast foods, whether it be chips, hamburgers, pretzels or fried chicken have in common, is loads of salt.