HiPP's A-Z of pregnancy & child health

The A-Z contains information on many aspects of pregnancy 
and child health. It is arranged alphabetically so you can find what you are looking for with ease. If you are at all concerned about your health or your child’s health, please consult your health professional.


Ankles, feet and fingers often swell a little in pregnancy. Providing that there is no protein in your urine and your blood pressure is normal there is no reason to be concerned. Try to avoid standing for long periods and put your feet up as much as you can. It is important to drink plenty of fluids.

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Oxytocin is a naturally occurring hormone and plays an important role in labour, birth and breastfeeding.

Artificial oxytocin may be given in a drip when labour is induced. The oxytocin stimulates contractions.

An injection containing oxytocin is often given at the end of labour to speed up the passing of the placenta and to help prevent heavy bleeding.

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