Health Problems Related With Pregnancy « Allied Health World Blog

Health Problems Related With Pregnancy

Pregnancy causes many physical changes to your body. Often these changes can be mild and have very little negative effect on you. However, in some instances, you may experience health problems that can affect you and your baby. This is one of the reasons why prenatal care and consulting with a nutritionist is so important.

Problems can occur that involve the placenta, the fluid around the baby, the uterus, the baby and the mother. Often simple problems can indicate a much larger problem that should not be ignored and that should often receive immediate treatment.

Check with your doctor right away if you experience bleeding, a gush of fluid from your vagina, severe pain in your abdomen, headache or rapid swelling of your face, hands or legs during pregnancy. These could be signs of a serious problem for you or your baby.

Here are some common health problems that many women experience during pregnancy.

Abruptio Placente- The placenta is normally attached to the uterus during pregnancy. Should the placenta become detached before birth, this condition is called abruption placente. This can be a serious problem because it often causes severe bleeding. If this condition occurs early in your pregnancy, your doctor will likely prescribe bed rest. If this condition occurs toward the end of your pregnancy, your physician will likely suggest that the baby be delivered by cesarean section.

Anemia- Anemia is actually a fairly common problem in America. It is often undetected and affects roughly 10 % of women. Pregnancy induced anemia can occur if you are not getting enough iron in your diet or if you are unable to absorb iron. Taking a daily prenatal vitamin can help but often severe cases require additional supplementation, which is recommended first through nutrition. Some iron rich foods that are beneficial for anemia are meats, whole-grain breads, and eggs. Iron rich foods should be eaten with sources of vitamin C to assist with iron absorption.