Complications in Pregnancy

Oftentimes we hear how women praise their pregnancies, talking about how going through a pregnancy is the best thing a woman can ever experience. Well, I have never had one and I don’t think it’s something I’d want to go through, at least not at the moment, lol. Pregnancy, just like every other experience, is not all roses. I have spent some of my time with pregnant women and all I can say is, it is not easy. Something that I feel is not talked about enough is pregnancy complications. These complications can vary from mild to severe and can affect the unborn child, the mother, or at times, both. Some of these complications are:

Ectopic pregnancy

A woman’s fertilized egg normally attaches itself on the lining of the uterus. An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg attaches itself somewhere outside the uterus. If this happens, the embryo will need to be removed through surgery. Delays in getting rid of an ectopic pregnancy may lead to a rupture of the fallopian tube and cause excessive internal bleeding.

Depression

Pregnancy brings with it a significant change in the overall health of the woman. It may disrupt your sleep patterns, change your body shape, make you lose interest in fun activities you used to enjoy, and even bring about an imbalance in your hormones. Experiencing all these can easily lead you into depression, especially if it is your first.

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI)

A UTI is an infection that attacks any part of your urinary tract system. Pregnant women are at a higher risk of contracting UTIs. You may experience more than one UTI throughout your pregnancy.

Gestational diabetes

This is a type of diabetes that is diagnosed for the first time during pregnancy. It is a complication that can affect both the mother and the unborn baby. If you contract gestational diabetes, the blood sugar levels usually return to normal after delivery but there’s also a high chance of developing type 2 diabetes later on in life.

Preeclampsia

A medical condition characterized by high blood pressure and possible damage to your liver and kidneys. Usually develops after 20 weeks of pregnancy even in women who have no history of high blood pressure. The only treatment is through delivering the baby.

Anemia

When one has fewer red blood cells, they are considered to be anemic. Women who suffer from anemia during pregnancy feel weaker and more tired than usual. You will need to see your doctor so they can treat the underlying cause of the anemia.

Miscarriage

A miscarriage happens when you lose the pregnancy within the first 20 weeks and usually happens on its own – it isn’t caused by something you did or didn’t do while pregnant. Normally, you can’t control a miscarriage.