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Pregnancy Complication

A pregnancy complication can often adversely affect your pregnancy outcome, putting an end to your dream of starting a family.

However, awareness about the complications and related pregnancy symptoms can help minimize complexities during childbirth.
Pregnancy Complication

Complications during pregnancy is more common than you may think.

Even for those who are healthy and have had children before, early complications could arise, at no fault to anyone.

Complications during pregnancy can also arise due to various reasons any time during your pregnancy.

The most common complications like premature birth are often diet and health related.

Quite a few are triggered, if conception happens after the age of 30 years.

Types of Pregnancy Complications

When you find you are pregnant, the first thing you must do is go see your obstetrician/gynaecologist.

They will perform an ultrasound to make sure that your pregnancy is advancing as it should.

Regular visits to your obstetrician/gynaecologist will prevent early complications or at the very least, help identify them at an early stage.

Ectopic Pregnancies

Ectopic pregnancies are one of the most common early complications.

Ectopic pregnancies refer to pregnancies in which the egg is fertilized outside your womb so the foetus begins to develop in your ovary or in your fallopian tube.

This can be very dangerous not only for the foetus but also for you. If surgery is not performed, the tubes could burst and result in internal bleeding and in some cases, even death.

Miscarriages

Complication during pregnancy can lead to miscarriages, another common early pregnancy complication.

Sometimes your cervix can open causing heavy bleeding with intense cramping pains.

Other times, your baby can die in early pregnancy. When this happens, you can either wait for a miscarriage to occur.

There are many different complications during pregnancy that can cause this to happen such as blood clotting, infection, structural problems, or lifestyle choices such as smoking, alcohol or high caffeine intake.

High Risk Pregnancy

A pregnancy that is categorized as high risk is one which has a higher chance of complications arising.

You may be considered high risk if you are carrying multiple babies, have a long term illness such as diabetes, or are over the age of 35.

If you are high risk, you may be asked to visit your obstetrician more regularly as your pregnancy will need to be more closely monitored than usual.

Pregnancy Over 35

It is not uncommon for your fertility to be affected over the age of 30 and once you are pregnant, you must be aware that it is more common for complications to arise.

The chances of your child bearing birth defects are significantly higher than someone who is under 30 and miscarriages also become more common in the first trimester of older pregnant women.

If you're over 35, there will also be an increased risk of diabetes and high blood pressure.

Don't worry, as with today's technology, almost all these complications can be treated as long as they are spotted early on.

Multiple Pregnancies

A multiple pregnancy is one in which there are two or more foetuses. It's considered to be high risk because with more than one foetus, it has a higher chance of developing complications.

Almost half of twins that are born are premature with extremely low birth weights and underdeveloped organs.

This makes them very vulnerable and it is not uncommon for only one twin to survive. Twins who share a placenta could result in high amounts of amniotic fluids.

It is important to keep this information regarding early pregnancy complications in mind during pregnancy and to regularly consult your doctor.

This pregnancy complication can be cured by taking some medicines prescribed by your doctor.

There are also many home remedies available for overcoming this pregnancy complication.

You should have frequent meals and never keep your stomach empty. Try taking fruits, leafy-vegetables or fat-free snacks instead of taking fried and fatty food. Also eat food with high fibre content.

Drink water frequently as possible. When you are feeling nauseous you can have fresh lime soda and if soda isn't available at that time then you can sniff a fresh lemon peel.

Try staying away from strong odours.

Another pregnancy complication that you can face is stretch marks. During pregnancy, you usually gain weight but sometimes you can gain excess weight which results in stretch marks.

Start taking preventive measures against stretch marks as soon as pregnancy is confirmed. Few of the home remedies for facing pregnancy complications are listed below...

  • Application of a moisturising agent like cocoa butter helps in regaining the elasticity of your skin.
  • Almond oil and lavender oil are considered a good source of Vitamin K and Vitamin E. Massaging with these oils on the affected areas reduces and even prevents stretch marks. Therefore, you should regularly have an oil massage.
  • Ground coffee beans into powder and mix it with any hand lotion. Rub the mixture on the stretch marks for about 60 seconds and then wipe off using warm water. Do it twice a day and this will surely help in reducing stretch marks.
  • Another home remedy to reduce these unwanted stretch marks is to apply a mixture of turmeric and curd to your stomach and waist before going for a bath. Leave it for fifteen minutes and then wash off.
  • Since an important reason of getting stretch marks is uncontrolled weight gain, you should regularly exercise or do yoga because exercises not only tones but also keeps your muscles firm.
  • Another remedy for countering pregnancy risk of stretch marks is application of Vaseline intensive care lotion (which is available in almost all houses).
  • Another home remedy for this pregnancy complication is to rub apricot scrub on the affected area. It helps in reducing stretch marks easily.

As can be seen, pregnancy is a stage where you face various complications relating to your health.

However, most of these complications can be cured easily by some home remedies.

No pregnancy is without pregnancy problems or complications. Not all pregnancy complications are serious in nature.

Most of them could be taken care of with simple home remedies. However, it is necessary that you maintain a regular contact with your pregnancy doctor and do not try any home remedy without proper medical advice.

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