Pregnancy Complications and Problems You Should Know About

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Most women go through pregnancy with no pregnancy complications. Yes, every woman trying to get pregnant dreams of a successful and uneventful pregnancy experience. However, it would not hurt to know about the possible complications pregnancy may present. 

It’s important you get the right information and advice in the event of complications, especially if you've been diagnosed of a complication or you’re experiencing warning symptoms that suggest something is going wrong.

Although the occurrence of pregnancy complication is rare, having a proper understanding empowers you to be in control whenever it presents itself.

Pregnancy Complications

This section of PregnancyMama puts the complications of pregnancy into proper perspectives – by identifying the things that do sometimes go wrong; shed light on them with useful tips of advice when complication becomes necessary.

Pregnancy is the time when a woman’s body undergoes many physiological changes and obviously, certain pre-pregnancy medical conditions can constitute complications during pregnancy.

Examples of these pre-pregnancy conditions include;

  • Diabetes
  • Thyroid problem
  • Asthma
  • Depression
  • Epilepsy
  • Mental Illness
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Fibroids
  • HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Diseases, to mention a few.

So if you have any of such illnesses, make sure you inform your caregiver, and with the appropriate treatment and lifestyle precautions, the condition can be kept under safe control and healthy management. Thank God for modern medicine!

With adequate medical care, any pre-pregnancy medical conditions can be managed in a way that its effects on your pregnancy are alleviated and maintained to be best safety for you and your growing baby.

The next type of pregnancy complications are those that are triggered by the process of pregnancy conception, development and delivery. They are popularly referred to as gestational conditions.

Don’t be surprised however that pregnancy can throw-up its own problems – again, most of them can be controlled appropriately. This type of gestational complications includes but not limited to;

  • Anemia
  • Gestational Diabetes
  • Hyperemesis gravidarum – severe pregnancy nausea and uncontrollable vomiting
  • Miscarriage ( spontaneous abortion) – ending of pregnancy before 28th week. Most miscarriages happen during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
  • Placenta previa
  • Abruption Placenta
  • Pre-eclampsia – pregnancy induced hypertension by a sudden onset of high blood pressure
  • Eclampsia – a result of untreated pre-eclampsia
  • Molar Pregnancy – Improper growth of the placenta without any fetus attached.
  • Ectopic or Tubal Pregnancy – implantation of fertilized egg outside of the womb, in places such as the Fallopian tubes, abdomen, ovary or the cervix.
  • Intrauterine Growth Restriction
  • Pre-matured Rupture of Membranes
  • Pre-term labor – happens when a woman goes into labor three or more weeks before the estimated due date. This could be dangerous for you and your baby.
  • Stillbirth – the baby is already dead when it is born
  • Handicapped baby or Birth defects
  • Medical abortion

These pregnancy complications may be a little tricky because they spring up unexpectedly but if you have any concerns at all or feel something isn't right, even if you can’t quite put a finger on it, call on your doctor to discuss it and get appropriate care.

Warning Signs of Pregnancy Complications

There are signs that evince something more complicated loom during pregnancy, and you need to be able to recognize these signs. Here are the common risks and warning signs of pregnancy complications you should know about.

  • Severe abdominal cramps
  • Vaginal leakage, heavy bleeding or any unusually vaginal discharge.
  • Decreased fetal movement
  • Fever with chills
  • Severe headache or pains that just doesn’t go away
  • Persistent nausea or excessive vomiting
  • Blurred vision or dizziness
  • Faintness
  • Real contractions in 3 or more weeks before your due date 

The above list of is not exhaustive, always get in touch with your doctor if you notice any of them or feel something may be wrong. 

Now that you are aware of the possible pregnancy complications, be optimistic and just enjoy your pregnancy journey.

Tips of Advice in Managing Pregnancy Complications

There’s a lot you can do to reduce stress and worry that the experience of complications may bring during pregnancy. 

-   Properly understand the complication - A small problem can be worrisome if you don’t know what’s causing it or what to do about it. It really helps to have adequate information about the particular complication you’re having so that you can clearly understand the risks or what you’re told. Learn more about the complication, and pregnancy in general – at best, it helps you feel less confused in managing the complication.

-   Talk with your healthcare provider or doctor – Your doctor should be like your best friend at this point in time. Ask questions, share your feelings, and discuss your worries and fears for both you and your baby’s health with your doctor who is in the best position to give you more specific assessment, diagnosis, prescription and advice. 

-    Be optimistic and have faith. The fact that you encounter complication should not take your normal life away from you. Having fun is important to good mental health. Do something you enjoy along the way, while you take recommended precautions and medications from your doctor.

-          Ask for help when you need it – Ask your partner or family members to help out with chores and any activities that may stress you out. Remember to get plenty of rest, take breaks and naps if you need them.

With modern medicine being so advanced, it is possible to identify and avoid most pregnancy complications even before they occur. So always seek help early and don’t worry too much. Sometimes it’s the worry and stress that do the most damage.

Don’t think about the complications! Rather be positive, happy and optimistic of getting the best possible pregnancy experience for you and your baby. Keep your focus on the ultimate goal - having your beautiful bouncing baby successfully irrespective of any pregnancy complications the journey may present you.

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