Complications in Pregnancy

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Pregnancy can be a time of great excitement and joy; however there are times when things may not go as planned. Complications of pregnancy, if they happen, are health problems that can mean you need special care or treatment. Complications of pregnancy are different from the usual discomforts of pregnancy, such as aches and pains that can occur. Problems may be mild or severe but need to be taken seriously because they can threaten your life and the life of your baby.

Having a complication during pregnancy may leave you feeling scared or confused; however most complications can be treated and with regular prenatal care your chances of having a healthy baby are good.

Below are some common complications that can happen during pregnancy:

  • Gestational diabetes
  • Pre-eclampsia/High blood pressure
  • Anemia
  • Placenta problems (for example placental abruption, placenta previa)
  • Amniotic fluid problems (oligohydramnios, polyhydramnios)
  • Vaginal bleeding and spotting
  • Difficulty with pre-existing diabetes
  • Infection and Illness (for example Group B Streptococcus, HIV, Human Papillomavirus, Cytomegalovirus, Listeriosis, Rubella, Toxoplasmosis, Chicken pox, Fifth disease)
  • Preterm Labour 

You can find information on these and other common complications of pregnancy at March of Dimes .

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