“A Mother to be” as a Woman we really fascinated by this title. We start imagining how our babies look like their little face and tiny hands. It is really a remarkable experience for us. Sometimes we carried away by the joyful feelings and think everything is okay so we tend to miss out some health indications in our body.
Especially, for women who are getting pregnant for the first time and some busy working mom who always surrounded by their fast-paced life. Little did they know sometimes the fatigue and dizziness are not as normal as they think it was. In fact, it can lead to birth injuries such as stillborn, congenital malformations, even death. So, Buzzers here are the 7 medical conditions which you should pay attention and check with your doctor.
1. Severe Anemia.
Severe anemia is when your body can’t produce enough red blood cells that needed to deliver oxygen to your organs and your baby as well as to support the growth of your baby. The cause of why your body can’t produce enough red blood cell is because of three factors. Those are iron deficiency, folate deficiency, and vitamin B12 deficiency. You should check with your doctor if you have these symptoms; pale skin, severe dizziness, rapid heartbeat, fatigue, and weakness. If left untreated, severe anemia can cause postpartum depression, a baby with anemia, developmental delays, and preterm delivery.
2. Gestational Diabetes.
Gestational Diabetes is your high blood sugar level increases because your body produces placenta during pregnancy. The symptoms are feeling more thirsty that lead to pee more and feeling more hungry. Gestational diabetes can cause stillborn, and birth defects.
Hypoglycemia can develop in your body because every person body has a different reaction to insulin. If your blood sugar level is less than 60 mg/dL, it’s positive that you have hypoglycemia. The symptoms are anxiety, shaking, sweating, tingling around the mouth, heart palpitations, nausea, and vomiting. Even though the blood sugar level is less than normal interestingly hypoglycemia occurs mostly in a woman with diabetes. Hypoglycemia can cause complications to mother and baby. Mother and baby can experience seizures, coma, and even death. The baby also can develop hypoglycemia after birth.
4. Fetal Macrosomia.
Fetal macrosomia is caused by genetic factors or maternal conditions such as obesity or diabetes. In Fetal macrosomia, the baby will weight more than 9 pounds. The symptoms you will have during pregnancy is large fundal height and polyhydramnios; a condition that your body builds up too many amniotic fluids. Fetal macrosomia can lead to labor problems for the mother, bleeding, uterine rupture and genital tract lacerations for the mother. For the baby, it can cause lower blood sugar, metabolic syndrome, and obesity.
5. RH incompatibility.
If you are a couple with different Rh; the woman is Rh negative while the man is Rh positive, most likely you will develop RH incompatibility with your baby. If you are Rh-negative and your baby Rh-positive, your body will think your baby is a foreign substance. The condition will make your immune system to attack the baby and destroy the blood cells in your baby. The symptoms could be seen from bilirubin level and jaundice in your baby after birth. RH incompatibility will lead to complications such as seizures, anemia, brain damage to the baby, swelling, and trouble with mental function.
Preeclampsia usually occurs in a woman with high blood pressure in their 20 weeks of pregnancy. The symptoms are some but not limited to severe headaches, upper abdominal pain on your right side, vomiting, shortness of breath, kidney problems. Preeclampsia can lead to several complications such as fetal growth restriction, preterm birth, HELLP syndrome which destroy red blood cells, organ damage, and cardiovascular disease even death if not treated properly.
7. Maternal Infections.
As we know, during pregnancy women body is changing. First their immune system will be more prone and the functions of several organs such as kidneys, ureter and bladder also change. When your function of bladder chchange soou keep urine in the bladder too long that will trigger urinary tract infection. Sometimes you can also get infections from undercooked meat. The infections plus the weak immune systems is a harmful combination you wish not to have during pregnancy. The symptoms could be varied depends on what kind of infections you have. Maternal infections can lead to complications, miscarriage, birth defect, preterm delivery and death.
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