Pregnancy Problems

While every pregnant woman wishes for a healthy and full pregnancy, the reality is that in many cases pregnancy problems do arise. These complications can range from mild to severe, including general health concerns as well as those specific to pregnancy, and may result in pregnancy loss.  Learn more about the types of problems that may arise during pregnancy and about what you can do to minimize your risk for any pregnancy complications.  Also find out about what to do incase of a pregnancy emergency and about how to keep yourself as healthy as possible during pregnancy.

Pregnancy Risk Factors

Luckily, there are some pregnancy risks factors that women can avoid in order to increase the chances of having a healthy pregnancy and child. Indeed, exposure to toxins such as cigarettes and alcohol is likely to affect both the mother as well as the baby's health, the consequences of which may have lasting effects in the future.  There are also certain foods to avoid when pregnant to ensure a healthy and safe delivery of your baby. Ultrasounds and blood tests during pregnancy can also help to keep an eye on your baby's development and watch for any signs of pregnancy complications.  Many complications can be handled early on before they develop into serious problems for you or your baby.  Be sure to have regular check ups with your doctor throughout your pregnancy.

Pregnancy Complications

Even if a mother avoids exposure to potentially dangerous substances, other unexpected pregnancy complications

may arise. Knowing some of the signs and symptoms of these pregnancy concerns can help ensure early diagnosis and treatment of these potentially harmful conditions.  Also, be sure to get regular check ups during your pregnancy so that your doctor can watch for signs of common pregnancy complications like preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, or a low birth weight baby.

Pregnancy complications not only affect the mother's health but may impact the health of her child. Our complications with baby section provides a useful guide for parents concerned with medical conditions that may affect their newborn baby.  Learn more about how to keep your baby safe.

STDS and Pregnancy

Sexually transmitted diseases pose unique concerns during pregnancy, since these may affect an unborn child or be transmitted from mother to baby during birth. Find out about treatment options and health precautions that women can take when it comes to STDs and pregnancy.  Also learn more about which STDs are most dangerous for newborn babies and about what to do if you contract one of these STDs prior to or during pregnancy.  There are treatments that can be given to protect your baby.  Find out more today.

Complications can be quite unexpected during pregnancy and can happen to anyone at any point, it is a doctors job to spot these as early as possible and deal with them quickly and as best they can. 

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McPiper1974
Hi all. I am 38 yrs old and just discovered that I am 6 weeks pregnant. Still in shock...never thought I was able to get pregnant. Naive...probably but here I am. Is there anything special I should do as far as vitamins and testing goes? I had gastic bypass surgery 4 yrs ago and lost 130 lbs. So nutrition is a huge concern for me. Any thoughts?? Thanks and Happy New Year!
4 years ago
SJhopeful
Hi, I found out 2 days ago that I am between 6 and 8 weeks pregnant, despite having a 4 day period on the 5th December. My gynae is on leave until the 8th Jan, so I went to a Dr, she told me I was definitely pregnant, my hCG level was 14000. I went to another Dr, who has a very old ultra sound machine, and we saw a sac but nothing else - not great if I am supposed to be about 7 weeks. Panicking now as I keep bleeding, no sore boobs, no morning sickness and I have to wait another 10 days at least until I can see the gynae. Any advice?
4 years ago
mishi
my periods are 18 days late. i had a d & c in October. my all urine tests are negative. i am feeling heavy breasts too. am i pregnant?
4 years ago
rosetia
im not certain of what is happening, but the last time i has a peroid was in september it was a littler heavier than usual.. then it october i did not get a peroid on the usual time but about the end of the month i woke up in the morning to something draning down my legs and when i turned on the light it was blood i went into the bathroom and the it felt like to clots passed and then i stopped bleeding.. today is now 11-27-12 and i still have not had a regular peroid as yet not sure what i should do or what caused it.. any ideas??
4 years ago
FIFA
my uterus measures 6.8*4.7*3.4 during 45 days of pregnancy. is it normal?.
4 years ago