Common Pregnancy Complications
Finding out that you are pregnant can be a very exciting time in a woman’s life. At first you think of holding your little one in your arms, becoming a mother, decorating the nursery and getting to eat as much as you want without anyone saying a word… but then you start to worry about the future. Will my pregnancy be healthy? Will I be ok? Will my baby be ok?
While there are many concerns in pregnancy it is important to remember that most can be addressed by simple lifestyle changes and looking after yourself during pregnancy. Others may be treatable through bed rest or medication. To find out more about the most common concerns of pregnancy read on.
I’m cramping. Am I miscarrying?
While cramping is a sign of miscarriage in pregnancy, it can also be caused by normal stretching of ligaments around the uterus. This stretching will help make room for your growing baby. Cramping can also occur as the embryo burrows further into the uterine wall. Bleeding is also common in early pregnancy while it can also be indicative of a miscarriage. Any bleeding should be reported to your doctor.
What happens if I develop high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia?
High blood pressure alone in pregnancy can usually be controlled with bed rest and diet; however, in some cases medications may be required.
Pre-eclampsia is only curable by delivery. Mild pre-eclampsia may be treated with bed rest, medication and diet. If it’s an emergency or if your baby can be delivered safely, a same day delivery may be scheduled.
I’ve been told my placenta has torn away from a portion of my uterus. Will my baby be ok? Will I be ok?
While it’s true that the placenta can completely tear away from the uterine wall, this is very rare even when a small portion already has torn away. In most cases the placenta will heal itself and reattach to the uterine wall. In the meantime, you should relax in bed and follow the doctor’s orders. Try not to worry. All bleeding should be reported to your doctor, yet even so, though you may bleed a significant amount you can still deliver a healthy baby. In fact, many women fear a miscarriage and find that instead they deliver a healthy baby boy or girl close to their due date.
I know it’s common to feel concerned about your emotional health during pregnancy, but it has gotten so bad I can’t focus. Postpartum depression is a common condition that gets most of the recognition when it comes to pregnancy and mental health. But many women also develop depression and anxiety during pregnancy. If you are feeling like you simply can’t cope, speak with your doctor about the possibility of antidepressants. Many have been approved for use in pregnancy when the benefits outweigh the risks.
Pregnancy can be a trying time full of questions; however, you should remember that you aren’t alone.
Women have faced pregnancy complications from the beginning of time and most will go on to deliver healthy, happy babies.
Remember that if you have any concerns, don't hesitate to contact your doctor: Any genuine issues can be helped with early intervention; and if it's nothing serious, then it's worth it just for the peace of mind.