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Health Conditions That Complicate Pregnancy

Health Conditions That Complicate Pregnancy

If you have a pre-existing condition or chronic illness, your pregnancy will often be considered high risk. These conditions can put you at a great risk of developing dangerous or even fatal medical complications, so your doctor needs to be aware of these issues before you become pregnant. If you have a health condition that could complicate your pregnancy, it's advised that you don't have a home birth or midwife as your sole health care provider. You'll also need more frequent doctor's visits and may need to be on bed rest or under hospital care at some point in your pregnancy.

There are a number of medical conditions that can be worsened by pregnancy: kidney disease, heart disease or high blood pressure. If you are severely overweight or underweight, you could be at risk especially if you've been diagnosed with anorexia or bulimia. One reason why these conditions can be so scary for mother and baby is that they are often treated with medications that must be discontinued during pregnancy. Certain prescription medications can cause birth defects or health problems in the fetus, so you'll need to discuss alternative therapies with your doctor.

A mother-to-be with diabetes has an increased risk of health problems during and after pregnancy. If you have diabetes, you need to be sure that it's under control before you conceive. If you develop gestational diabetes during your pregnancy, you need to see your doctor for regular check ups. Pregnancy diabetes doesn't require daily injections of insulin, but your weight and diet will need to be closely monitored. If you have childhood diabetes, diabetic shock could cause miscarriage or stillbirth.

It's essential that you discuss any pre-existing health issues with your physician before you get pregnant. Some chronic diseases or conditions may even prevent you from conceiving, so make an appointment before you plan on trying to get pregnant. This way, you'll know all of your options for dealing with a high risk pregnancy before you get pregnant.

If you have a life threatening disorder, or need a high dose of medication to control conditions like epilepsy, you'll need to take medications that will be safe for your baby and visit your doctor much more frequently than other pregnant women. Your risk of having a child with birth defects may be increased, while your chance of carrying a healthy baby to term might be compromised. You need to be prepared for risks and complications that could occur during pregnancy or labor.




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