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Pregnancy Complications That Every Women Should Know

Common Complications During Pregnancy

 

As soon as the news of early pregnancy symptoms starts popping, people start buzzing in the mother’s life with their advices and stories, most of which you should ignore. But, if the scary story of how one of your distant relative had a serious complication has stuck inside your head then, let us clear it for once and for all.

Most pregnancies are UNCOMPLICATED. So, don’t let the bad things get to your head. Do not overthink about those signs of pregnancy; they are normal.

But, if you want to educate yourself regarding common complications; then read on.

 

1. Low amniotic fluid

 

The amniotic sac is filled with liquid that protects and supports your baby during the course of your pregnancy. Under normal circumstances, the liquid increases till the beginning of your third semester; after which it gradually decreases till the day of your delivery. If you have low level of amniotic fluid, then the caregiver will follow your pregnancy closely to ensure that the baby is growing fine. If you are near your term, then labor will be induced or the doctor will have to opt for a C-section.

 

2. Excessive amniotic fluid

 

Having excessive amniotic fluid in your belly is also a complication a lot of women suffer through their pregnancy. The scientific term for this condition is Polyhydramnios. The earlier this condition occurs in the course of pregnancy, the more severe it gets. In most moderate to severe cases, the overly enlarged uterus exerts pressure on other organs which leads to problems like difficulty in breathing, swelling in lower extremities, decreased urine production and constipation etc. But, fortunately most delivery cases of polyhydramnios can be handled through a Caesarean.

 

3. Preeclampsia

 

Preeclampsia is a serious complication that causes high blood pressure, kidney damage and other problems but, only affects about 5% of pregnant women. Women who have Preeclampsia develop mild symptoms during the end of their pregnancy and most mothers do fine with proper care. But, in some cases it progresses quickly, it can cause greater risks to the mother and the baby. In severe cases of Preeclampsia, baby is delivered earlier than the scheduled time.

 

4. Placenta Previa

 

Gestational diabetes is a condition wherein a pregnant woman develops diabetes due to the high surge of sugar level in her body. This condition can be harmful for the baby if not taken care of. In most cases, gestational diabetes can be controlled by following a strict diet plan which is rich in fibre and low in carb or you can consult a dietician to prescribe a personalised diet plan according to your results.

 

5. Ectopic Pregnancy

 

Under normal conditions, placenta lies close to the top of the uterus and supplies required nutrition to the growing embryo. But, in a woman who has Placenta Previa, the placenta lies unusually low in the uterus; almost next to the cervix or covering it. In most cases, the placenta corrects itself as the pregnancy progresses but can be harmful if it continues to lie low in the uterus. This condition affects 1 in every 200 pregnant women and smoking cigarettes and use of drugs makes a woman’s body more prone to this condition.

 

6. Ectopic Pregnancy

 

After the fertilization, the egg travels to the uterus where it gets implanted and grows into a baby. Ectopic pregnancy is a condition where the egg gets implanted outside the uterus leading to severe complications. Since, the vast majority of ectopic pregnancies occur in a fallopian tube, this condition is also called tubal pregnancy. It’s important to detect this problem in the early stages as the growing embryo can rupture the mother’s fallopian tube and lead to internal bleeding that can be fatal.

 

As an expecting mother, you should be concerned about the well-being of your growing baby but the complications should not become a cause of distress. So, relax and enjoy the beautiful journey to motherhood.

Natural Birth Vs Caesarean

Natural Baby Delivery Or Delivery Using Surgery?

Natural Birth Vs Caesarean

 

Welcoming a baby into the world is a joy that cannot be put into words. As soon as the early signs of pregnancy start showing up, a mother starts planning for the whole course of pregnancy and the journey afterward.  But, there are a lot of things that need to be considered when it comes to the method of delivering a baby.

 

As an expecting mother, Caesarean/C-section sounds like a convenient method, but are you aware of the side-effects that tag along with it? Or, the gamut of irreversible physical changes that your body might encounter after the surgery?

On the other hand, delivering a baby naturally is also not a piece of cake.

 

So, Caesarean or Natural Birth, what should you opt for?

 

  1. Conditions: Vaginal birth is the natural way of delivering a baby which is preferred by most expecting mothers. While caesareans are mostly planned for medical reasons such as diabetes or high blood pressure that may make natural delivery too risky. A C-section may also be necessary if the baby is not in the head-down position and efforts to turn the baby before the delivery have been unsuccessful.

 

  1. Recovery time: Having a natural delivery shortens the recovery time and the mother is usually discharged from the hospital after a day or two. But, in the case of caesareans, recovery time extends up to days as it is a major surgery that involves opening up the mother’s abdomen and removing the baby from mother’s uterus.

 

  1. Delivery time: In case of a natural birth, the delivery time is never fixed as it completely depends on the baby and the mother; sometimes the labor pain can extend up to a couple of days. While a Caesarean eliminates the element of uncertainty as the time is planned by the doctor in advance.

 

  1. Consequences: During a vaginal delivery, muscles involved in the process squeeze out amniotic fluid out of the newborn’s lungs making it easier for them to start breathing. While Babies born by Caesarean are more likely to have breathing problems at birth and also at a greater risk for stillbirth.

 

In the present scenario, C-sections have become more of a trend than a necessity and also an opportunity for doctors to earn big bucks. Therefore, knowing the pro and cons of both the methods becomes of utmost importance for you to make a wise decision.

 

Consult your doctor from the early pregnancy symptoms itself and meet for a regular check-up to ensure that everything goes smoothly. We wish you a safe and healthy pregnancy!