Pregnancy Complications

The nine months of pregnancy can be an exciting part of a mothers life but can become very challenging when faced with a cancer diagnosis.

The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), or human herpes virus 4, is a part of the human herpes virus family and is the most common human virus.

Navigating pregnancy is difficult already, but the addition of having a sexually transmitted infection (STI) or thinking you might have one can add more stress.

Polyhydramnios or high amniotic fluid happens in one percent of pregnancies. A mild case is harmless, while a moderate to severe case could be caused by a pregnancy complication or birth defect.

A retained placenta can be life threatening if not addressed quickly. It occurs when the placenta remains in the womb and is not naturally expelled on its own. Learn what causes a retained placenta.

Trichomoniasis [trik-uh-muh-naya-sis], or trich, is a sexually transmitted infection (STI) spread through skin-to-skin contact during sexual activities. The infection is treatable and can be cured

Understanding a high-risk pregnancy prepares you for all the signs and steps one must take to protect yourself and your developing baby from potentially serious pregnancy complications.

The Zika virus have been declared as a global public health emergency by the World Health Organization. Learn about the risks associated to pregnant women and tips on how to prevent contracting the Zika virus during pregnancy.

As your body changes, you may experience pain in your abdomen, legs, or back. Here is how to know if the pain is a cause for concern, or nothing to worry about.

Staying hydrated is very important during your pregnancy. Be sure to drink plenty of water, and avoid drinks and activities that could lead to dehydration.

If you experience sharp, stabbing pains during pregnancy, it is important to be aware of what pain is normal and what is symptomatic of a cause for concern.

Epilepsy affects approximately 1% of the US population. Read more to discover how epilepsy can affect your pregnancy, and how to moderate your symptoms.

Umbilical cord prolapse occurs in about 1 in 10 deliveries, and is typically harmless. Learn about when compression may become serious for your baby.

Fetal Arrhythmia is a common condition which refers to the abnormal heart rate of the baby. Learn the causes and concerns regarding fetal arrhythmia.

Genital warts during pregnancy are not considered to pose a serious health risk to your baby. Learn about what you can do about genital warts during pregnancy.

Blood clots during pregnancy only affect 1 or 2 out of every 1000 pregnant women. Learn about the risk factors and what you can do to prevent them.

Getting the flu while pregnant can lead to pneumonia, so take precaution to avoid it. Find out more about preventing and treating the flu during pregnancy.

Gonorrhea is a highly contagious STD that can be cured with the right treatment. Learn about the symptoms of gonorrhea and ways to prevent it during pregnancy.

Second hand smoke can have detrimental effects on the health of you and your baby. Learn about the risks of second and third hand smoke.

Syphilis during pregnancy is serious, but there are ways to reduce or avoid any problems for your growing baby. Learn about the symptoms and treatment for syphilis.

High blood pressure can lead to serious complications during pregnancy. Find out the best way to take care of you and your baby if you have this condition.

Fifth disease during pregnancy rarely leads to serious complications and is preventable. If you should contract it, learn ways to identify and treat this condition.

Sinus infections are commonly treated with medications, but all are not safe to use during pregnancy. Learn about safe ways to treat sinusitis and when to call your doctor.

Abdominal pain is not uncommon, and can be addressed in simple ways. It is also important to be aware of potential factors that could necessitate medical attention.

Most women are more susceptible to getting sick during pregnancy, due to a weakened immune system. Find out how to minimize this risk and when to call your doctor.

Changes in your immune system can lead to more coughs and colds during pregnancy. Learn about natural ways to prevent and treat illness, and when to call you doctor.

Hip pain is a common occurrence in pregnancy, especially in the third trimester. Learn about the causes of hip pain and ways to alleviate hip pain during pregnancy.

If you have diabetes during pregnancy, it can lead to serious complications for you and your baby. Learn about the risks and ways to better manage your diabetes while pregnant.

A hernia during pregnancy is not typically a cause for concern, but there are times when you should see your doctor. Learn about ways to prevent and treat hernias.

Strep throat is a bacterial infection in the throat and tonsils. Learn about the symptoms and how to manage strep throat during pregnancy.

Yeast infections are common during pregnancy and can cause significant discomfort. Learn about the causes, symptoms and ways to treat a yeast infection.

UTIs are bladder infections that are common during pregnancy. Learn about ways to prevent and treat a UTI, if you should get one while pregnant.

Toxoplasmosis is a rare, but serious blood infection. Learn about the risks of toxoplasmosis during pregnancy and ways to prevent an infection.

Bacterial sexually transmitted infections can be treated and cured during pregnancy, but many viral STI infections cannot be cured. Learn about the risks and treatment of STIs.

If your blood is Rh-negative, then problems can arise during your pregnancy. Learn about the treatment to prevent complications, if you are Rh-negative and pregnant.

Preeclampsia typically affects 5-8% of pregnancies. Learn about the risk factors, symptoms, and treatment options should you develop high blood pressure while pregnant.

Placental abruption is the separation of the placenta from the uterine lining and occurs in about 1% of all pregnancies. Learn about the signs, symptoms and treatment available.

Placenta Previa affects about 1 in 200 pregnant women in the third trimester of pregnancy. Learn about the different types of Placenta Previa, symptoms and treatment.

Approximately 1 in 2,500 pregnancies experience placenta accreta. Learn about the causes, risks, and treatment for this condition.

Molar pregnancies are rare, but can be emotionally devastating. Learn about the risks, symptoms, treatment and emotional support needed after this pregnancy loss.

Most miscarriages occur within the first 13 weeks. Learn about the types of miscarriage, signs, symptoms, treatment and support available, if you experience a pregnancy loss.

Low amniotic fluid levels are typically caused by serious underlying conditions. Learn about the causes, risks and treatment available, if you should be diagnosed with it.

Listeria is a type of bacteria found in some contaminated foods and can cause problems for both you and your baby. Learn about the risks, treatment and ways to prevent this.

Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is a fetal weight that is below the 10th percentile for gestational age. Learn about the risk factors and treatment for this condition.

An incompetent or weak cervix occurs when the cervix starts to open before the baby is ready to be born. Learn about the causes, risks, and treatments for this condition.

Hyperemesis gravidarum is a very severe type of morning sickness. Learn about the symptoms and treatments for this serious condition during pregnancy.

In most cases, HIV will not cross through the placenta from mother to baby. Learn about prenatal care and treatment available to protect your baby, if you have HIV.

HELLP syndrome is considered a variant type of preeclampsia and affects less than 1% of all pregnancies. Learn about the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment available.

Group B Strep is a bacterial infection that can be found in the vagina and/or rectum of 25% of healthy women. Antibiotics can be used to prevent transmission of GBS to your baby.

Gestational hypertension is characterized by high blood pressure during pregnancy. It is important to treat gestational hypertension early to prevent further complications.

Gestational diabetes is a condition in which the body does not produce adequate amounts of insulin during pregnancy. However, treatment options are available.

Fetal growth restriction, also known as small for gestational age or intrauterine growth restriction, occurs when the fetal weight is below the 10th percentile for gestational age.

Drinking alcohol during pregnancy may lead to fetal alcohol syndrome. There is no known amount of alcohol that is safe to drink during pregnancy.

An ectopic pregnancy occurs when a fertilized egg attaches itself outside of the uterus. Learn about the symptoms and treatments for an ectopic pregnancy.

A DC is a procedure performed after a miscarriage occurring in the first trimester. This procedure is used if a woman does not fully miscarry on her own.

By 40 years of age, over half of all adults have been infected with Cytomegalovirus (CMV). Learn more about the symptoms treatment of CMV Infection.

In the early weeks of pregnancy, many women have questions about fetal development. Read about what to expect as your baby develops in the womb.

You may experience some complications during your pregnancy. Learn more about the most common complications during pregnancy and their treatments.

Cholestasis is a liver disease that only occurs during pregnancy. The major symptom is a severe itching. Cholestasis occurs rarely, and resolves after delivery.

Chicken pox is a contagious viral infection that can be very serious. Learn more about ways to protect your baby if you contract chicken pox during pregnancy.

Cervical cerclage is a procedure that may be necessary if a woman has a weak cervix. There are minimal risks and considerable benefits associated with this procedure.

A blighted ovum occurs when a fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine wall, but the embryo does not develop. Learn more about the causes of a blighted ovum.

Vaginal bleeding during pregnancy can occur for a number of reasons. It is important to determine whether it is benign, or indicative of a major medical issue.

Bed rest may be prescribed to increase the probability that you continue with a healthy pregnancy. Learn more about making your bed rest a positive experience.

Bacterial vaginosis is a bacterial infection of the vagina that may cause pregnancy complications. However, there are simple ways to treat it.

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