Hospital promotes pregnancy safety

2016-02-11 06:00

THIS week has been named Pregnancy Awareness Week by the management of the obstetrics and gynaecology unit at Port Shepstone Regional Hospital and is providing tips on how women can make the most of their pregnancy.

Hospital spokesperson Phumza Morai said that for many women being pregnant is a time of happiness.

“It is important that pregnant ladies equip themselves with sound knowledge and focus­ on enjoying this period as much as possible.”

The focus for this year’s awareness campaign is on reducing unwanted pregnancies, which sometimes result in abortions she said.

Morai said the provision of youth-friendly services is vital.

“Abstinence or waiting until a person is ready to fall pregnant is key. Taking contraceptives like injections, oral pills and sterilisation, not forgetting to use condoms for dual protection, is important,” she said.

She added that termination of pregnancy is recommended in cases where a woman falls pregnant accidentally or when they are not ready to have a child.

The best way to get information is by going to a health facility, which is recommended rather than going to traditional “doctors”.

“Safety precautions should be taken even after­ confirming your pregnancy, whether you are HIV positive or negative by using a condom to prevent new sexually transmitted infections,” she said.

Morai listed things that should be avoided and dangers signs to watch out for when pregnant.

“You should avoid falling when pregnant. Avoid alcohol, smoking, unprescribed medication and drugs.

“Be vigilant about signs like headaches, vomiting, vaginal bleeding, abdominal pains, the baby­ not moving normally and your water breaking long before your due date,” she said.

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