Pregnancy is a very exciting time for new moms: experiencing your first symptoms of early pregnancy, using a pregnancy calculator to determine the due date, learning about the different stages of pregnancy. At the same time, any problems that occur during pregnancy can be very stressful for mothers, as many quickly become concerned about the health of their baby. For instance, many first-time moms are worried about having sex during pregnancy, even though in the majority of cases intercourse poses no risk for the fetus.
Problems and Discomforts In Pregnancy
Vaginal infections, however, are something many women experience, typically raising concerns over the possible effects this could have on their pregnancy. And while most do not pose a serious concern, women experiencing severe discomfort should be assessed for their risk of ectopic pregnancy. Itching is another common condition in pregnancy and, while rare, it can be indicative of a liver condition. Or maybe you're worried about your fetus's heart rate. Before you start panicing, get the facts.
After giving birth, many women experience vaginal discomfort, including itching and odour issues. Find out what causes vaginal discomfort and what types of treatments are available. Breastfeeding is another part of motherhood that can be both fulfilling and stressful. Get the answers to all your FAQs so you can get back to sharing this intimate experience with your child.
Some pregnant women experience nasal stuffiness, but of course this isn't always a symptom of pregnancy.
Problems With Baby
Down's syndrome is a disease that can affect newborn babies which can have a major impact on their physical and mental development. But can an ultrasound really detect the disease, or is diagnosing Down's syndrome more complex (not to mention risky and ethically flawed)? And while ultrasounds are relied upon to detect fetal anomalies, they can miss congential anomalies. Find out why and what risk this could pose to your baby.
Fifth's Disease is not uncommon and can impact both you and your baby. Our genetic screening page can help you assess which factors might put your baby at risk for certain genetic diseases. Perinatal infections are something else you should learn more about; not only because can they cause discomfort for mom, but also because they can also pose health risks to your growing fetus.
For mothers-to-be who are also animal lovers, you may want to read up on toxoplasmosis and what animals and foods might put you at risk.
Preterm Delivery And Postpartum Health
Have you recently given birth and are feeling depressed or fatigued? Feelings of sadness and isolation are common symtoms among women who have recently given birth. Post-partum depression is a possible symptom of giving birth that can leave women feeling confused and alienated. To find out more about the mental and physical health consequences of giving birth, link to our Postpartum Health section.
Being a teen mom poses special risks to both the adolescent mother-to-be and her baby. Having an underweight baby is a common problem among adolescent moms. Read an article on expectant teen moms' risk of giving birth to a low-weight baby at Teen Pregnancies. Also, learn about interventions to prevent preterm birth , and how a fibronectin test can assess your chances of preterm delivery.
While some C-sections are elective, others must be scheduled in order to avoid passing on serious diseases, such as newborn HIV, to the fetus. Information on preventing newborn HIV via a scheduled C-section, can be found at our Newborn HIV page.
For more information on pregnancy complications, read more about what you can do to make your pregnancy as healthy as possible.
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