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After Pregnancy-related Health Articles

Just had baby or planning for the next stage of your life/lives? Don’t miss any information on this important post-pregnancy period fo your life.

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Pregnancy After 35: Risks and How to Prevent Them

Age remains one of the most important factors influencing women fertility. Research shows that fertility declines steeply after age 35. However, with modern technology and medical knowledge the likelihood of getting pregnant after 35 is higher than before. The age at which you conceive or decide to conceive is a very personal decision. In Hong… Read More

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Exclusive Tips to Successful Breastfeeding in Hong Kong | Interview with Top Expert

Rates of breastfeeding initiation have been on the rise in Hong Kong – more than 85% of women are now initiating breastfeeding. That being said, according to a 2017 Department of Health survey, at the six-month mark, 47% of Hong Kong mothers are breastfeeding but only 27.9% nursing exclusively.     Why the drop in… Read More

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The Best Breastfeeding Resources in Hong Kong

Whether you consider breastfeeding for just a few weeks or more than a year, arming yourself with knowledge and preparation is key to your success. Here are the most helpful resources for expecting and new mothers in Hong Kong.     Breastfeeding preparation before baby arrives One of the main reasons moms in Hong Kong… Read More

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Why Do Hong Kong Women Stop Breastfeeding Early?

Mothers in Hong Kong are breastfeeding more than ever. In 2016, nearly 87% of mothers initiated breastfeeding, up from 19% in 1981. Despite these successes, we still see a big drop in the number of women exclusively breastfeeding up to the recommended 6-month mark by the World Health Organization. We at Healthy Matters reviewed the… Read More

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Postpartum Depression (PPD) and Postnatal Mental Health in Hong Kong: Where to Go

Overcoming the challenges of new motherhood is not easy. Mental health challenges are common in the first few weeks and months of the postpartum period. In Hong Kong, 40% to 80% of women will experience the ‘baby blues’ and 10% will experience postpartum depression (PPD). This is a guide to public and private providers of… Read More

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Traditional Chinese Views on Pregnancy | Interview with an Obstetrician & TCM Practitioner

In Hong Kong where East meets West pregnant women often face conflicting advice from family and friends during and after pregnancy. With a rich history spanning thousands of years, Chinese culture has considerable influence over a life event as important as childbirth. We invited two experts to explore different aspects of Eastern and Western Medicine… Read More

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What Every Woman Should Know About Her Pelvic Floor | From Pregnancy to Menopause

The pelvic floor refers to the muscles, ligaments, and tissues that stretch from the pubic bone to the base of the spine. Pregnancy and childbirth can damage its muscles and connective tissue, causing various kinds of inconvenient and uncomfortable symptoms. It is not only important during pregnancy but throughout a woman’s life as well.  … Read More

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Your Guide to Post-Pregnancy Birth Control in Hong Kong

Newborn care is not easy but luckily it gets easier after a couple of weeks (or months) once you and your baby get used to this new life. As things settle in, you and your partner can finally have a more intimate relationship again. As you may not be thinking of having another baby yet, we help you review your birth… Read More

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From Birth Control to Cancer Protection | IUDs in Hong Kong

What if women could use a birth control device that would also protect them from cancer? That would be “hugely impactful” says obstetrician gynecologist Dr. Patrick Chan 陳世樂醫生. According to a recent study published in the American journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, IUDs may protect against cervical cancer.   As explained by Dr. Chan, today there… Read More

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