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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Abby1 you need to keep going back to your doctor! if there is something wrong you might need to go to hospital to get the sac removed as sometimes they are known to stay inside and rot away. If you cant get a straight answer from your doctor you may have to seek out a midwife for help on the issue as they can get help faster and have so much knowledge. But you need to get onto this as soon as possible! Im really sorry that you have to go through this. Its an expecting mother's worst nightmare and not something you should deal with on your own. Are you close to your mum or have a best friend you can trust? talk to them and see if they can go to the doctors with you for support.
7 years ago
Hello well I was wondering if there's anyone out here who can help me out.about a month ago I went to a hospital I was haveing really bad pain in my tummy.a week be fore I went to the doctor I took home pregnancy test came out positive so I waited there they took my first u/s I was only 5 weeks.the did me a vaginal u/s to take a better later doctor came in explain to me I had an empty sac.that in 2three days I was going to start bleeding more than a regular that's all and I went home still had pain like 1week later no bleeding I was con fussed I went to 4different dotocor the did me a test all came out last doctor did me an u/s they told me I had to many gases couldn't clearly see it they saw the sac but no baby the told me to go back in two days to get blood test I didn't go no more I was 6months now I'm 8 weeks I haven't gone to the doctor an check up idk if I'm doin wrong I haven't gotten my period I had different answers from each doctor I went to I'm just scared to find out what's going on is it possible for there to be a baby in the sac??help please
7 years ago
Hello I'm am new. Before I knew I was pregnant had the occasional drink, wine, beer mixed drinks when we found out stopped of course, know I wont even take any meds eating as healthy as I can. Has the drinking affected my baby, or will it come out of it and when will we be able to find out if it will have any problems or not?? Sincerely worried mommy
7 years ago
hi im new but my lperiod is 6days late & ijust took a testand its - but my stomach is hard for some reason im not sure..if anyone has anything that can help me tofind out what i need to do or what ican do that would be good thanks
7 years ago
Hi! I am new here also. I have two boys, ages 7 and 10 years. I am 44 years old, and remarried a younger man a year ago. We got pregnant last September, and miscarried at 6 weeks. We are now pregnant again, and due to miscarriage the doctors are closely monitoring my hcg and progesterone levels. The first day of my last period was January 1st, so they are counting weeks by that date. But I know for a fact that conception could have only occurred on the 12th or after due to the fact we had no relations from the 1st to that date. We were trying to space out so through what the ovulation calendar read as my most fertile days. 12th, 14th, 16th. We tested positive on January 29th. My dr drew levels - progesterone great and hcg only 54. That was midday on a Tuesday. Thursday morning they showed to have dropped to 47, then due to cramping on Friday I went to the hospital and they showed levels at 57. They did an ultrasound and ruled out the possibility of an etopic- nothing pointed in that direction and pain probably due to luteal cyst. This is all new to me as I got pregnant so easily with my first two kids - no complications whatsoever. Has anyone ever had this situation where hcg levels start at low and fluctuate? Isn't it possible that I am only 2-3 weeks and they are off? They have told me I most likely will have a miscarriage, but I have had no bleeding whatsoever so not giving up hope yet. Besides, as a believer in Christ I know He loves to reveal himself in situations where the world says "no way this pregnancy will happen". So I am praying for a miracle!! God Bless all of you and your pregnancies. I pray you have peace in whatever circumstance you are in.
7 years ago