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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Should I be prepared for the worst based on the rate my hcg levels are rising? At aproximately 5 weeks 3 day (since the first day of my last period) my hcg levels were 20,000 and then 49 hours later they were 29,000. Obviously the number didn't double. I have read that it may take longer for higher numbers to double, but I've also read that this slow down won't happen until 6-7 weeks.  I don't know what to think, plus I'm wondering if 20,000 at 5 weeks is too high.   
7 years ago
I need some advice. I am 8 weeks pregnant. I started bleeding yesterday and went to the dr and had an ultrasound and they said there was no heartbeat. I had an ultrasound at 6 weeks and everything was fine and there was a hurt best. I am still bleeding but not heavy. Did I miscarrage, should I have another ultrasound. Dr suggest a DNC, I am so confused, hurt and I am not sure what to do. Anyone have a similar situation.
7 years ago
Hi, i was wondering if some one can help currently 27 weeks pregnant so my last doctor told me...but my dates were changed like 3 last period was in jan but it only lasted for 2 days but was light when my regular periods last for 4 days[always]..then come feb i had no period at all...can some one tell me what that means? because they say you can spot few dayds before a missed period but i did i whole month before my missed period.
7 years ago
hi there i am 16 weeks pregnant i dont have a bump but i do have a belly!! ive a wedding on saturday and i have a lovely black dress, it fits but, it shows the belly im wounder if i should wear a pair of sucky in pants to get rid of the belly, (they might fix the problem) i had a pair that i wore with the dress before but they were very tight but i am woundering if, it harm my baby?
7 years ago
LouiseeBx with my first pregnancy i did several at home pregnancy test Which all came up negative I went to the doctors and did two there which were also Negative i also felt everything u are and it wasn't until I did a blood test that it came up that I was pregnant But because I was so early In My levels obviously wernt high enough to show positive on a urine test. Best of luck :)
7 years ago