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Expecting the Unexpected: 4 Pregnancy Complications to Know

Posted Nov 15 2013 3:26pm
on by healthymama

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The human body is complex, and nothing exemplifies that more than a pregnant woman. When you’re pregnant, you have to pay attention to what your body and baby tell you at all times. During this time there are a lot of changes – both normal and natural – that you’ll experience.

Some of these changes may alarm you, though, causing you to panic. Most of the time, it’s nothing to worry about, but sometimes it could mean that something else is happening. Here are four possible pregnancy complications you should know about if you’re expecting.

About 2 to 10 percent of pregnant women develop this type of diabetes, leading expectant mothers to regularly receive a glucose screening between 24 and 28 weeks into their pregnancy to test for it. If it’s deemed that you do have gestational diabetes, you’ll be put under close watch by your doctor.

There aren’t many signs or symptoms associated with gestational diabetes besides being extremely hungry, thirsty, or tired. Since these are already symptoms of pregnancy, it can be tough to find out if you have this diabetes without testing your blood sugar levels.

Diabetes that isn’t controlled properly can lead to serious consequences for the baby. These complications can include early delivery, an abnormally big baby, or a baby born with low blood sugar which results in breathing problems and jaundice. Mothers also have a 25 to 50 percent chances of developing type 2 diabetes later in their life.

The best way to control your blood sugar levels is to diet and exercise. Talk with your healthcare provider to establish a healthy routine that’ll result in a healthy baby.

When a fertilized egg implants outside the uterus usually on the fallopian tube it’s called an ectopic pregnancy. About one in every 50 pregnancies is ectopic. These pregnancies are also commonly known as “tubal” pregnancies because they occur on the fallopian tube.

It’s vital to catch an ectopic pregnancy earlier because the developing embryo can rapture your fallopian tube, causing internal bleeding that can lead to death. Some of the most common symptoms of this pregnancy include abdominal pain, shoulder pain, vaginal bleeding, and feeling faint or dizzy.

Since there’s no way to transplant the pregnancy into the uterus, the only option is to end it. Drugs or surgery remove the ectopic tissue without damaging your organs.

If you’ve had the unfortunate experience of losing your pregnancy within the first 20 weeks, you’ve likely had a miscarriage. More than 80 percent of miscarriages happen within the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, with about 10 to 20 percent of all pregnancies ending in miscarriage.

Most miscarriages that happen in the first trimester are caused by chromosomal abnormalities in the fertilized egg that stop the embryo from developing. The first signs of a miscarriage include vaginal spotting or bleeding, abdominal pain and cramping, and fluid or tissue passing from the vagina.

Although these are normal occurrences during pregnancy, you should still contact your practitioner so you can get an ultrasound and see what’s going on. The sooner you get it examined, the better. Although miscarriages can’t be prevented, women can undergo treatment to speed the process up. If you find that you’re unable to get pregnant after multiple tries and you’re looking for additional options, visit  to see the success rates of fresh donated eggs and frozen donor eggs.

If you have the unfortunate luck of having placenta previa, your placenta is lying abnormally low in your uterus. It’s usually found next to or covering your cervix. This pregnancy complication isn’t usually an issue early in your pregnancy, but if the placenta remains low as your pregnancy progresses, it can cause bleeding and lead to other dangerous complications that may involve you delivering your baby early.

The area where your placenta is located will get checked by a doctor during your mid-pregnancy ultrasound exam, but only a small percent of women who have placenta previa during this exam have it when they have their baby. The only symptom associated with placenta previa is painless vaginal bleeding during the second or third trimester.

Women who give birth while having placenta previa will deliver their baby by a cesarean section.

Although being pregnant and expecting a child can be an exciting time in your life, there’s also a lot of things to worry about including the health of you and your child. Make sure you eat right, exercise, and make routine visits to your doctor to make sure everything in your pregnancy is going as planned.


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