Pregnancy Risks News

Health problems that can develop during pregnancy are known as pregnancy risks or complications, and they can occur for many different reasons. Some are related to existing health problems that women have before pregnancy, while others appear on their own during pregnancy. They can affect both the mother and the baby. While some complications can't be controlled by the mother, some risks can be minimized by making certain choices before or during the pregnancy.

Types of Pregnancy Risk

Some pregnancy risks stem from health problems before pregnancy. For example, obesity, eating disorders and diabetes can all lead to complications during pregnancy. Asthma, depression, seizures, HIV, migraines, STDs, thyroid problems and uterine fibroids are other pre-existing health conditions that can lead to pregnancy complications. For some of these health issues, it’s recommended to manage them as best as possible prior to becoming pregnant. In other instances, getting pregnant is sometimes not recommended.

Women can develop a number of problems during pregnancy as well. They include depression, anemia, high blood pressure and gestational diabetes. Problems can also occur with how or where the fetus grows. An ectopic pregnancy, where the baby implants outside the uterus, is one example of this.

Risk Prevention

There are a number of steps that women can take to minimize risks during pregnancy. For many pre-existing health conditions, such as diabetes or obesity, steps can be taken to control these issues. During pregnancy, lifestyle choices like eating a healthy diet, exercising safely, avoiding alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs and practicing good hygiene at all times can help with many of the preventable complications. It’s best to work closely with a doctor on the proper strategy for preventing and treating the potential risks of pregnancy.

SOURCE: U.S. Office on Women's Health

Date Posted
Article Title
2/20/2018
2/8/2018
2/8/2018
2/6/2018
2/6/2018
2/5/2018
2/5/2018
1/30/2018
1/26/2018
1/24/2018
1/22/2018
1/19/2018
1/18/2018
1/17/2018
1/16/2018
1/12/2018
1/11/2018
1/10/2018
1/5/2018
1/4/2018
1/4/2018
1/3/2018
1/3/2018
12/13/2017
12/11/2017
11/22/2017
11/20/2017
11/16/2017
11/14/2017
11/1/2017
11/1/2017
10/30/2017
10/26/2017
10/13/2017
Women Falling Short on Birth Defect Prevention

New survey finds too few are taking folic acid before pregnancy

10/13/2017
Black Women Face Double the Risk of Pregnancy-Related Heart Failure

But researchers don't know what's driving these racial differences yet

10/5/2017
Prenatal Multivitamins Linked to Lower Autism Risk

But researchers can't prove a cause-and-effect connection

9/29/2017
Study Questions Practice of Placenta Eating by New Moms

It may be potentially dangerous, researchers say

9/27/2017
Heart-Lung Fitness Challenged in Early Full-Term Babies

Researchers found those born at 37-38 weeks had higher risk of poorer cardiorespiratory fitness later in life

9/27/2017
High Blood Pressure in Pregnancy May Boost Child's Obesity Risk

Even high readings in the last trimester linked to greater odds, study found

9/26/2017
Postpartum Depression Likely to Recur With Future Pregnancies

Mood disorder seen in 1 in 200 new moms with no psychiatric history

9/15/2017
Early Onset of Pregnancy Complication May Raise Heart Risks

Doctors should monitor women with pre-eclampsia after childbirth, study suggests

9/14/2017
Vision Problems Common in Babies Infected With Zika

Impairments range in severity, two studies found

9/13/2017
Does Mother's Mental Health Affect Pregnancy?

Having depression, panic disorder or anxiety disorder won't hurt your baby, researcher says

9/12/2017
Is an Occasional Drink OK During Pregnancy?

Evidence isn't yet clear, but a new review says there's a slight chance of possible harm

9/8/2017
Could Folic Acid Fight a Cause of Autism?

Prenatal supplements may help reduce harms of pesticide exposure, study suggests

9/7/2017
Mom-to-Be's Antidepressants Tied to Kids' Psychiatric Woes

But study authors say findings need to be interpreted with caution

9/7/2017
Be Cautious Going Home After Hurricane Harvey

Electrocution and carbon monoxide poisoning are risks in flooded homes, American Thoracic Society says

9/6/2017
Researchers Find Genes Linked to Preterm Birth

They also found that low selenium may play a role in early delivery, but these findings need to be replicated

9/5/2017
Mom-to-Be's Cellphone May Not Harm Fetal Brain

Devices' electromagnetic fields aren't linked to problems with language or motor skills in study

9/1/2017
Does Immune System Hold Clues to Preterm Births?

Deviations from a preset pattern of changes might predict some early deliveries, scientists say