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Mayo Clinic – Pregnancy and exercise

During pregnancy, exercise can help you stay in shape and prepare for labor and delivery. Here’s the lowdown on pregnancy and exercise, from getting started to staying motivated.

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A qualitative exploration of rural feeding and weaning practices, knowledge and attitudes on nutriti

The data analysis revealed that inadequate nutrition knowledge and adherence to cultural practices lead to poor-quality feeding practices. Cultural factors and taboos have a powerful influence on feeding practices and eating patterns.

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Paediatrics International: Effects of maternal smoking during pregnancy on body composition

The aim of the present cross-sectional study was to use objective methods to assess the association between maternal smoking and body composition in offspring. A total of 2508 grade 4 school children were enrolled; all underwent lifestyle disease and passive smoking screening.

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Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists – why your weight matters during pregnancy and af

Most women who are overweight have a straightforward pregnancy and birth and deliver healthy babies. However being overweight does increase the risk of complications to both you and your baby.

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An introduction to the revised food-based dietary guidelines for South Africa

Food-based dietary guidelines (FBDGs) are short, positive, science-based messages that aim to change the eating behaviour of the general population towards more optimal diets that meet energy and nutrient requirements, while simultaneously helping to protect against the development of noncommunicable diseases.

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Effect of a mother-to-child HIV-prevention programme on infant feeding and caring practices in South

South Africa has one of the fastest-growing HIV epidemics in the world. According to the national HIV survey of women attending antenatal clinics of public health services in South Africa, the prevalence of HIV infection among women under 20 years of age is estimated to have nearly tripled from 6.5% in 1994 to 19% in 1999.

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Strategic plan for a campaign on accelerated reduction of maternal and child mortality in Africa

High maternal, perinatal and under-five morbidity and mortality are some of the formidable development challenges in Africa. The disturbing part is that the large number of deaths is due to preventable causes. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that worldwide, as many as 1500 women die every day due to complications related to pregnancy or childbirth.

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