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 Myth debunked: epidurals do not prolong labour In a study, a group of women on epidural and a group on placebo had no different outcomes. 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 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. 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. 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. 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. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Managing diabetes in the workplace Back-to-school with diabetes Live healthier Effects on your brain? » 5 ways to get more seafood into your diet Mercury in fish may raise ALS risk Is it bad for your brain if you literally never eat fish? Calling all grown-ass picky eaters! Eeewwww! » ‘Why is my cough worse at night?’ SEE: When you cough, this is what happens to your body Can you get sick if someone coughs on you? The fine saliva mist emitted by a cough remains suspended in the air for up to 10 minutes.