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Haircare in Pregnancy | What’s Safe?

Being pregnant can be tough. Your body is undergoing a ton of physical changes and as you’re coming to grips with all these new and bigger bits, sometimes a little pampering is what you need. We’ve discussed safe pampering in pregnancy in a previous article, but what about haircare in pregnancy?   We reviewed the… Read More

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Gain A Child, Lose A Tooth? Why Dental Health Is So Important During Pregnancy

How many of you know that your dental health is particularly at risk when you’re pregnant? There’s an old Chinese saying “gain a child, lose a tooth” 生一個孩子,掉一顆牙 – a traditional belief that the foetus strips away the calcium from the mother’s teeth, leading to tooth loss. According to the WHO, over 90% of the population… Read More

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Wondering If You Are pregnant? Early Signs You Should Look For

Do you have a suspicion you might be pregnant? Of course, the best way to tell is a pregnancy test, but both at-home and physician-ordered tests only start to show results four weeks after your last period or two weeks after conception. If you miss a period or experience these symptoms, it’s best to take… Read More

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The Ultimate Guide to Maternity Leave in Hong Kong

Pregnant women in Hong Kong are entitled to a continuous period of 10 weeks’ maternity leave. This is 4 weeks less than the 14 weeks recommended by the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Here is your Healthy Matters guide to everything you should know about maternal leave in Hong Kong, from eligibility to mat leave pay… Read More

Hong Kong Island Welcomes Its First Private NICU

Exciting news for parents-to-be in the near and far future: Gleneagles Hospital Hong Kong has opened the doors to its Obstetrics Ward!   Gleneagles Hospital pioneered with the first private A&E on Hong Kong Island in January 2018 and, as part of the Obstetrics Ward, is now opening the doors to the first private Neonatal… Read More

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Pregnant, Working Moms in Hong Kong: Do You Know Your Maternity Rights?

If you are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant in Hong Kong, you should know about your pregnancy rights. We’ve delved into the nitty gritty law jargon to make your maternity rights clear and concise and had the content verified by a lawyer. From maternity leave to discrimination, we at Healthy Matters cover it all!… Read More

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Pregnant and Obstetrician | Exclusive Interview with Dr. Zara Chan

Interested in hearing her unique perspective, we recently interviewed Dr. Zara Chan, an obstetrician who happens to be 9 months pregnant with her second child. We want to know, what is it like being an obstetrician and being pregnant?     After studying and practicing obstetrics for more than a decade and spending so much… Read More

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Haven’t Received Your Flu Shot Just Yet? Read This Now

The flu is a serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes death. On January 15, a 3-year-old girl was the first child fatality of the Hong Kong winter influenza season bringing the flu-related death toll in Hong Kong to 32 for 2018. While it is still too early to tell whether the flu… Read More

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Interview with an Expert on Pregnancy Insurance in Hong Kong

When choosing to have your baby in a Hong Kong private hospital, a vaginal childbirth at standard room rates on Hong Kong Island can reach HK$70,000–$100,000 and an emergency C-section at private room rates can easily exceed HK$250,000 (these amounts include hospital + doctor fees). Because there are so many variables in childbirth, it is… Read More

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