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 Complete our allergy survey and stand a chance to win R 1000! Live healthier Wasting water? » South Africa is facing a water crisis Water saving tips Water quality report shocks SEE: How much water do you use per day? With level 4 water restrictions in Cape Town, residents are urged to use a maximum of 100 litres per person per day. Here’s how quickly it adds up. Life saving tip! » SEE: 10 things to keep in your first aid kit 10 first aid myths Here's why you need a first aid kit in the car Emergency services are often spread thin, especially when storms and major disasters strike. When travelling on the road, having a well-stocked first aid kit could be a lifesaver.