Healthy Super Mama: Find Out What Could Put Your Pregnancy At Risk And Stay Away From It

by Lauren on January 27, 2017

The following is a contributed post.

Getting pregnant is a wonderful journey of changes for women, during which their mind and their body will be submitted to many pressures. It is important for mothers-to-be to stay healthy, and as a result, it is not uncommon to change your shopping habits and pick products that are guaranteed organic and clean whether it is to eat or to care for your body, But as you take care of yourself and prepare to welcome your baby into the family, it is also essential that you become very aware of the various health risks that can occur during pregnancy, so that you know exactly how to identify them and can react faster. The faster you can see your healthcare provider, the sooner you and your baby will be healthy and out of danger. So, you will find below the eight most common pregnancy risks that future mamas can encounter. Make sure that you understand how to recognize each one of them!

Listeria: The Deadliest Food Pathogen

Listeria is a rare disease that affects only 1,600 Americans every year. Transmitted by infected food, especially cured meat that you don’t cook and unpasteurized or raw dairy products, listeria, unfortunately, affects pregnant women and their unborn babies more than the rest of the population. Consequently, you will need to check the food you consume and the places you eat at to avoid any risk, Its symptoms can be overlooked as they don’t seem very serious at first: Some people might feel slight gastrointestinal discomfort, while other might experience diarrhea, both can be commonly experienced by pregnant women as their body is transforming. However, listeria also causes fever, which can help to identify it. The previous American outbreaks of listeria have caused several miscarriages and the death of many unborn babies, making it a high risk for pregnant women. The best way to avoid listeria is to wash the food you eat thoroughly and to avoid pre-packed food and unpasteurized dairy products. If you suspect an infection, your doctor will be able to prescribe antibiotics to fight off the listeria bacteria. However, it’s best if you avoid any risk at all!    

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Avoid unpasteurized milk!

Anemia: Feeling Faint During Pregnancy

Anemia is a very common pregnancy illness experienced by the mothers only. This is a continual feeling of tiredness and weakness caused by a number of red blood cell that is lower than normal. Anemia can be related to the baby taking all the nutrients that your body needs, and this is always monitored by your doctor during the pregnancy: Doctors will check for the level of iron in your blood, which is an indicator of anemia if it is too low. Anemia can be easily treated by prescribing pregnant women the necessary food supplements, generally iron and folic acid. However, it is important to make sure that this is diagnosed early enough as severe anemia can cause early delivery, and can affect the baby development. Additionally, anemia can cause further complications for the pregnant woman as it is related to heart failure and the collapsing of lungs. So, don’t hesitate to see your healthcare provider if you are feeling abnormally faint!

UTI – Urinary Tract Infection: When The Bathroom Is Your Favorite Room

It is common for pregnant women to go to the bathroom more often as the baby grows and applies pressure on the bladder. However, this is something that only happens during the last trimester of your pregnancy. If you find yourself going to the bathroom more often than normal at an early stage of pregnancy, this may be caused by a Urinary Tract Infection. Common symptoms will be burning pain when urinating; feeling of tiredness, fever or shakiness; the urge to use the bathroom more often than normal; the sensation of pressure in your lower belly; a smelly, cloudy or reddish urine; and back pains. Some women might carry the dormant bacteria already in their bladder before they get pregnant, as this can sometimes be started by the pregnancy. It is important that you discuss any issue with your doctor as soon as possible as the presence of bacteria can affect the healthy development of your baby as well as your pregnancy. Do remember that the urge to go to the bathroom repeatedly is not common during the first two trimesters of your pregnancy, so don’t wait if you suspect anything abnormal with your health!

Mental Health Conditions: The Depressed Future Mama

While you probably already know about postpartum depression, the depression experienced by mothers during the first four weeks after giving birth, you may not know about the depressive state that occurs during the pregnancy. Indeed, the hormonal unbalance that is related to the depression can already begin during the pregnancy. Its symptoms tend to be a low or sad mood; a loss of interest and appetite; severe disruptions in the sleep and energy patterns; insurmountable problems when trying to concentrate, take a decision or think; and very strong feeling of worthlessness, guilt and shame. It is not uncommon that mothers-to-be have a moment where they can’t concentrate or maybe don’t have a very good night sleep. Consequently, while it is important to make a note of these symptoms, you should only consider yourself depressed if they occur for a minimum of a week. Additionally, if you feel that life is not worth living anymore, you will not need to wait for the feeling to stay for a week before you contact your doctor, as this last symptom is, unfortunately, a dead giveaway of a depressive mood. It is important to know that depression related to pregnancy is common for nearly 25% of pregnant women, and consequently it is a known trouble that your healthcare provider will know how to treat for your sake and the sake of your baby.

High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy

Hypertension, or high blood pressure, is common during pregnancy. However, if it is left unmonitored, this can cause very severe risks for the baby, such as preterm delivery, very slow development of the baby, and even infant death. Additional, the mother is at risk too as she might experience placental abruption, which is caused by the placenta separating from the wall of the uterus. In some cases, the high blood pressure can cause a case of pregnancy diabetes for the mother. There are also rare cases where hypertension occurs suddenly after the 20th week of pregnancy: This is called preeclampsia. Unfortunately, while an elevated blood pressure can be treated during pregnancy, preeclampsia doesn’t respond to any treatment and puts the lives of the mother and the baby at high risk. The only definite cure, in this case, is to deliver the baby. However, the likelihood that a baby of 20 weeks will be liveable is extremely low. As a result, it’s important that pregnant women keep track of their blood pressure during the pregnancy and discuss any risk of elevated tension before the pregnancy with their doctor.

Gestational Diabetes: The Diabetes Of Pregnant Women

Gestational diabetes occurs during the pregnancy when the mother’s body is unable to process the sugars and starches effectively anymore. This is a risk that is commonly monitored by doctors during the entire pregnancy as diabetes can lead to severe complications. In most cases, the healthcare provider can develop a healthy meal plan and suggest regular physical activities to reduce the risk of diabetes. Some pregnant women will need to receive regular injections of insulin to help their body process the sugar and the carb nutrients. When gestational diabetes is poorly managed, the risk can be very high for the baby, as the mother can develop preeclampsia, and can need an early delivery. Additionally, it is not uncommon for the baby to be born with a low blood sugar, breathing problems or even jaundice. Finally, some mothers will then develop diabetes outside of the pregnancy.  

Obesity And Weight Gain During Pregnancy

It is important when you are planning to  have a baby, to make sure that you lose weight in preparation for the pregnancy if you happen to be on the heavy side. Indeed, having a baby with an overweight body can put you at risk of having an early delivery and eventually losing your baby. Additionally, this can also cause complications during the birth. Most women who were already overweight before the pregnancy find it very difficult to lose the additional weight of the pregnancy after giving birth. It is also important if you are likely to put on weight to stay fit and active during your pregnancy with targeted workout programs that are designed to help pregnant women develop strong muscles without putting the life of their baby at risk.

Hyperemesis Gravidarum: The Morning Sickness That Never Ends

It is common during the first three months to experience vomiting and morning sickness. However, when the morning sickness persists after the first trimester, it can cause severe weight loss and dehydration. This is called Hyperemesis Gravidarum, and most women who experience it will need intensive treatment. This never-ending morning sickness is commonly caused by a hormone that is released by the placenta. However, it is very unclear what is causing the release of this hormone. Some women will need to spend the last trimesters of their pregnancy at the hospital where all nutrients will be administered via injection if the sickness can’t be managed.

2 thoughts on “Healthy Super Mama: Find Out What Could Put Your Pregnancy At Risk And Stay Away From It”

  1. Nikki says:

    I actually know someone who caught listeria while pregnant because of feta cheese. Yes, the baby survived.

    1. Lauren says:

      OH NO! I hope she was ok!

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