Breast milk is best for your baby

The World Health Organisation recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.

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PREGNANCY CARE

Managing Your Discomfort

What you can do to help cure or ease some common complaints during pregnancy
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Pregnancy can be a time filled with joy - and, like many women, you may experience some physical complaints during that period. The list below covers some of the most common problems pregnant women experience, along with tips for how to manage them:

Cramps

Problems
Painful muscle contractions in your calves, especially at night

What You Can Do

  • Massage the affected muscles
  • Walk around for a minute or two once the pain has eased to improve circulation
  • Eat more foods that contain calcium, such as milk and dairy products
  • Take calcium supplements (prescribed by your doctor)

Oedema

Problems
Swelling of the feet

What You Can Do

  • Lift up legs when at rest

Varicose Veins

Problem
Enlarged, protruding, bluish veins, particularly in the legs

What You Can Do

  • Wear elastic stockings
  • Sit when you do not have to stand
  • Lift up legs when at rest

Sweating

Problem
Perspiration even after very little exertion, or waking up at night feeling hot and sweaty

What You Can Do

  • Wear loose cotton clothes
  • Drink plenty of water

Rash

Problem
Red rash usually in sweaty skin folds, such as under the breasts

What You Can Do

  • Wash the affected areas often and with unperfumed soap; dry thoroughly afterwards
  • Wear loose cotton clothing
  • Soothe the affected area with calamine lotion
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