One of the greatest – if not the greatest – journeys a woman have the power to take in her life is motherhood.
When a woman is ready and willing, convinced that the time is right – and all aspects of her life fall into place and agree with the pregnancy, the nine months of famed pain and discomfort will be a breeze. But even with a sunny disposition and the love and care of family and friends, no pregnant woman can be one-hundred-percent assured that she will not go through pregnancy complications. A loving, caring and supportive environment for her family and loved ones, especially her husband is a very crucial factor to reduce complications in a pregnant woman.
Pregnancy complications are always part of the deal. Pregnancy always entails risks, but with the right information, good health practices, and prayers, a woman can have an entirely uneventful pregnancy. Pregnancy complications may arise at any time during the duration of the pregnancy, but they can be avoided. It is best that the woman and the people taking care of her be ready for anything that may take place during pregnancy, especially in the last three months.
During the early stages of the pregnancy, the most common complications involve are fainting spells and heartburns. Pregnant women are quickly tired, and when they do not get the proper amount of rest, or when they are too active when they shouldn’t anymore be, then they will probably experience extreme dizziness and faint. Heartburns are caused by the inverse flow of stomach acids into the esophagus; slow digestion produces it. During the second trimester, the uterus will expand and push the stomach out of its normal position. Heartburns are rarely considered as dangerous, but when pregnant women are not careful with their eating habits, as well as with the kind of medication they are allowed to take to ease this condition, heartburns can result to pregnancy complications.
One common pregnancy complication is pre-eclampsia, which is caused by high blood pressure and is a disease unique only to pregnant women. When it is not treated right away, it can lead to eclampsia – this is when the pregnant woman has a seizure, which is truly serious. In the United States and the United Kingdom, pre-eclampsia and eclampsia are the leading cause of death in pregnant women. Research is still ongoing as to what triggers pre-eclampsia. Apart from high blood pressure, the other screening test is the pregnant woman’s urine – it becomes leaky and contains protein. Its symptoms are known to include flashing lights in vision or blackouts, photophobia, headaches, vomiting, and pain on the upper part of the abdomen or at the right side. As for treatment, the only answer is the delivery of the baby.
Indeed, pregnancy complications lurk all throughout pregnancy, but hopefully, pregnant women will be responsible enough to devour as much information as they can to arm themselves with the proper precautions to take, the correct health habits to observe, and the right treatment and education to make.