4 Possible Problems In Early Pregnancy

Nov 27, 2010 No Comments by
Although the majority pregnancies go without a hitch, sometimes serious problems do occur and special care is needed. Complications can usually be resolved with monitoring, but the occasionally the pregnancy comes to an end.
Although the following conditions are not likely to affect you, you should be aware of their symptoms:
1. Pre-eclampsia.  This is a high blood pressure condition that can occur during pregnancy. If left untreated it causes the blood vessels of the placenta to spasm, which reduces the oxygen flow to the fetus and puts it at risk; the fetal growth rate may also be affected.
Symptoms include oedema, which is fluid retention causing swelling of the hands, feet and ankles, protein in the uterine and a sudden increase in weight. You will be tested for signs of pre-eclampsia at each ante-natal check.
If you develop pre-eclampsia in the early stages of pregnancy you will be kept under very close medical supervision and treatment may include rest. Later in the pregnancy, if the condition is severe, it may become necessary  to induce the birth as early as it is safe to do so. The mother’s blood pressure  will return to normal. If the condition is left completely untreated it can develop into eclampsia, which can be fatal for both mother and child. Today,
this condition is extremely rare.
2. Bleeding in early preagnancy. Bleeding or spotting from the vagina is known as a threatened miscarriage. It is possible to bleed quite heavily and not miscarry or do any harm to the baby. All bleeding in pregnancy must be taken seriously, however, and you should report  it to your doctor or midwife immidiatly.
Your doctor is likely to carry out an internal pelvic examination and you may have an ultrasound scan to see whether the baby is  developing normally. Providing everything is all right you will probably be told not to exert yourself until the bleeding has stopped.
3.Ectopic pregnancy. This occur when the fertilized egg implants itself  in one of the fallopian tubes rather than in the uterus. If it is undetected, the growing baby eventually ruptures the tube, which causes sever pain. Immediate surgery is required to terminate the pregnancy, and this often means losing the fallopian tube as well.
In extreme cases the ovary may also have to be removed. If the other
ovary and fallopian tube are healthy, there is no reason why another successful pregnancy should not take place.
If the ectopic pregnancy is discovered early enough, a drug can be given that causes the embryo to be reabsorbed by the body; this prevents the fallopian tube from bursting.
Symptoms of an ectopic pregnancy include pain in the side of the abdomen, vaginal bleeding, and fainting.
4.Miscarriage. The most common time for miscarriage is during the first three months of pregnancy, although losing a baby at any time before the 24th week is described as miscarriage.
Some miscarriages occur for no known reason. Known causes of miscarriage include hormonal problems, disease or infection, abnormalities of the uterus, or an incompetent cervix. If this last condition is known to exist, it can be dealt with by a simple surgical suture that will be removed shortly before the EDD.
Although it is unlikely that sexual intercourse will cause miscarriage, women who have experienced bleeding in early pregnancy or who are known to have a tendency to miscarry are usually advised by doctors not to have intercourse for the first 12 weeks, until their pregnancy is well established.

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