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Planning to get pregnant? Skip the wine

By DOROTHY KWEYU This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
If you are a habitual drinker and you are planning to get pregnant, put that glass down.

It is advisable to forgo your favourite tipple for at least three months before the planned pregnancy, and remain alcohol-free for the ensuing nine months to delivery. Here is why.

A child’s mental and overall health status starts in the womb, as is evident from the withdrawal symptoms the baby of a mother addicted to alcohol, drugs, or other mood-enhancing substances suffers at birth.

In a recent interview with Dr Mucheru Wang’ombe, a psychologist at Mathari Hospital, it emerged that the tremors a baby born to an alcohol or drug-dependent mother suffers could be the least of the problems for such a child.

 

Shortage of Experts Hurts Mental Health Care

By DOROTHY KWEYU This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

As the global community marked World Mental Health Day on Monday, experts in government and private practice zeroed in on one of Kenya’s most worrisome but least addressed problems — stress.Clinical psychologist Gladys Mwiti of Oasis Africa asserted that while it is often argued that 70 per cent of all physical illnesses have a psychological origin, many doctors hardly recognise this reality.

 

The consulting clinical psychologist, who is the founder and CEO of Oasis Africa gave the example of a widow who goes to the doctor with upper abdominal pains a fortnight after her husband’s death.