Pregnancy problems are health-related complications that take place during pregnancy. Such issues are associated with either a baby’s or the mother’s health, or both. While some women confront these challenges before becoming pregnant, for others complications may arise during pregnancy. In this regard, it is of prime importance for women to have a comprehensive knowledge of their health care, prior and during pregnancy, as this may prevent the risks of having pregnancy complications.

Health Complications Before Pregnancy

Every woman needs to consult a specialist to understand heath issues and problems getting pregnant. In case, a woman is receiving a treatment for any health issue/s, your doctor may prescribe some medicines to avert any possibility of developing complications during pregnancy. Some of these complications include:

Condition Complications
Asthma May intensify the risk of preterm birth, abrupt weight increase in the foetus, preeclampsia, cesarean birth, etc.
Diabetes Harm foetus, worsen the mother’s diabetes complications
Depression Postpartum depression
Epilepsy/Other Seizure Harm foetus, increase miscarriage risk/stillbirth
Eating disorders Premature birth, birth defects, Postpartum depression, unwanted body changes
High blood pressure higher risk of placental and preeclampsia abruption causing low birth weight and preterm birth
Migraine Migraine symptoms generally improve during pregnancy
Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) Transmission of dangerous infection from mother to baby, low birth weight, brain damage, deafness, blindness, stillbirth, or liver problems
Obesity Loss of mother’s weight during pregnancy
Uterine fibroids Miscarriage (rarely), preterm birth, fibroid blocking the birth canal
Thyroid Uncontrolled hyperthyroid, abrupt weight gain in the foetus, and/or birth defects


Heath Complications & Solutions During Pregnancy

At times, pregnancy may cause complications in women (even in heathier females). These may include:

Complications Symptoms Treatment
Anaemia Paleness, Lethargy, Breathlessness, Dizziness Taking folic acid and iron supplements
Ectopic Pregnancy Shoulder and abdominal pain, vaginal bleeding, and dizziness Surgery or drugs to confiscate ectopic tissue
Depression Intense sadness and helplessness, loss/increase of appetite, irritability Medicines and emotional therapy
Foetal problems Abrupt baby movement, size of baby smaller than normal, other symptoms found in prenatal tests Bed rest for mother, and medications prescribed per the condition detected
High Blood Pressure Preeclampsia symptoms Close monitoring of the baby and mother’s health
Gestational Diabetes Extreme hunger, thirst, and fatigue with high sugar levels in the blood Control sugar consumption, and insulin injections (rarely)
Hyperemesis gravidarum Constant nausea, weight loss, multiple vomits in a day, dehydration, loss of appetite, dizziness Bland fluids and food, medicines
Miscarriage Vaginal bleeding, vaginal fluids, abdominal cramping May not be treated
Placental abruption Vaginal bleeding and abdominal cramps Bed rest, and early delivery of the baby
Placenta previa Vaginal bleeding without pain during 2nd or 3rd trimester Bed rest, hospitalization, cesarean section
Preterm labor Pelvic pressure & cramps, vaginal discharge, abdominal & back pain, contractions Medicines, early delivery
Preeclampsia High BP, stomach pain, swelling in face and hands, dizziness, blurred vision, and headaches Medicines and bed rest