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Pregnancy Complications

Pregnancy complications can happen during the early part of the pregnancy, the middle part of the pregnancy and the late part of the pregnancy. Some of the early pregnancy complications include the following:

  • Ectopic pregnancy. This happens when the embryo settles in the fallopian tube or abdomen. The embryo cannot survive in those locations and is lost, with pain, bleeding and potential rupture of the tube. It can lead to potential loss of maternal life.
  • Hyperemesis gravidarium. This is extreme nausea and vomiting usually in the first trimester (in most cases). There can be nutritional problems in the foetus and mother with a loss of body fluid in the mother.
  • Miscarriage. This involves foetal death and loss of the foetus. The majority of cases involve some kind of genetic defect in the foetus.

There are pregnancy complications in the second trimester of pregnancy. They include the following:

  • A placenta previa. This happens when the placenta grows over all or part of the cervix. This can cause bleeding and cramping. It also results in a need for a Caesarean section unless the placenta previa resolves itself.
  • Placenta abruption. This is a condition of separation of the placenta from the abdominal wall. It can cause severe cramping and bleeding, along with fetal compromise or death. This can occur in the second or third trimester.
  • Miscarriage can also occur in the second trimester, although it is much more common in the first trimester.
  • Gestational diabetes. This is a condition of the second and third trimester and involves high blood sugar. This is a condition that can result in an increased foetal weight and foetal loss. It does go away after the pregnancy is over with. After birth, it can cause neonatal hypoglycaemia.

There are several complications of the third trimester pregnancy. These include the following:

  • Foetal distress. This can show up as the baby moving less than normal or having a heart rate greater or less than normal. The pregnancy needs watching with delivery by vaginal or caesarean delivery when things get dire.
  • Preeclampsia of pregnancy. This involves high blood pressure of pregnancy along with the spilling of protein in the urine. This can be dangerous for the mother and foetus and could mean an early delivery and weeks of bed rest. You can also have hypertension of pregnancy without protein in the urine. This can still mean foetal distress and requires bed rest as much as possible.
  • Preterm labour involves early contractions that change the cervix and could potentially cause an early delivery. Treatment is bedrest along with medications that control the contractions until delivery is safe enough.

Infections during pregnancy can adversely affect the mother and the baby. Some infections are common while others are rare. These include the following infections:

  • A woman can get bacterial vaginosis from an overgrowth of normally occurring bacteria. Symptoms include a fishy odour to the vaginal discharge, which is white or grey in color. It often burns with urination. There is really no way to prevent the infection from occurring.
  • Cytomegalovirus is a common virus that unfortunately causes disease in those infants whose mothers have CMV. It can lead to infant loss of hearing, loss of vision and related disabilities. The best way to prevent getting an infection is to practice good hygiene. There is no available treatment.
  • Group B strep is a vaginal infection caused by a virus. There are no symptoms and it is not harmful to women. They can get passed to the infant at the time of birth so women need to be tested for it at about 37 weeks gestation and treated with antibiotics if positive for the bacterium.

Pregnancy - Medical Negligence Solicitors

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The author of the substantive medical writing on this website is Dr. Christine Traxler MD whose biography can be read here