One of our members recently said her husband had concluded that, with all the treatments they had tried, a pregnancy was just like an accident waiting to happen.
Unpredictable; no one say when it will happen, not the TTC momma, not her doctors, everyone just clings to the hope that it would happen, with earnest prayers that it happens soon.
That unpredictable nature is present, even when a pregnancy is achieved. You just can never tell when a symptom will show up…or stop showing up. Yes, there are expected milestones but even doctors have found out that not all pregnancies follow the same trend. Even pregnancies of same woman do not follow the same timelines. Each pregnancy is just in a class of its own. Sometimes, it follows the routine and at other times, it just finds its own unchartered terrain and starts moving, which often leaves the pregnant woman wondering what the heck hit her.
Apart from standard pregnancy symptoms, there are some symptoms and cases that show face, once a pregnancy hits its sixth week. And you are right, if you think that they are a cause of concern and are absolutely scary.
These things include the following:
- Rhesus factor incompatibility
Everyone has a blood type. They could be O+, AB-, or A+; and believe it or not, it can cause issues during pregnancy.
The cause of the problem has often been linked to the + and – in the blood groups.
Different blood types have different proteins on the surface of the red blood cells, and these proteins are assigned a specific blood type: A, B, AB and O.
Each of the four blood types are further delineated according to another protein on the surface of the red blood cells, which indicate rhesus (Rh) factor. Those with this protein are assigned a positive blood type, and those who do not have it are assigned a negative.
How does the Rh factor affect pregnancy? If a woman with Rh negative blood conceives a child with a father who has Rh positive blood, there is a good chance that the baby will also have a positive blood type. The mother’s negative blood type may develop antibodies that could potentially attack the developing foetus’ positive blood type, which could result in serious complications, including miscarriage.
Rh incompatibility, though not that common, tends to show up in subsequent pregnancies. If diagnosed early, it can be treated, and problems can be completely avoided.
- High Fever
A fever is not something anyone would pray for, but for expectant moms and their developing babies, it can be downright dangerous.
During pregnancy, a woman’s immune system is working doubly hard, as it is trying to protect both her and her baby.
As a result, an expectant mom may be more susceptible to the common cold, the flu and other viruses and bacteria that can cause a fever.
If her temperature rises too high and if it stays high for too long, there is a chance that it could cause neural tube defects in the baby, such as spina bifida, especially in early pregnancy.
A fever can also be a sign of an infection, which needs to be treated.
If a pregnant woman develops a fever of 101°F, she should see her doctor as soon as possible. A full physical exam will determine the cause of the fever and a doctor will determine the best treatment option.
- Gestational diabetes
There are so many things that happen to a woman’s body while she is pregnant, and gestational diabetes may be one of the things that she experiences.
During pregnancy, a woman’s body naturally becomes more resistant to insulin to make more glucose available for the baby.
For most expectant mothers, this isn’t an issue. When their bodies need extra insulin to process the increase levels of glucose in the blood, the pancreas naturally secretes more.
However, if the pancreas is unable to keep up with the surging demand for insulin, the blood sugar of the mom-to-be may raise too high, which results in gestational diabetes.
Thankfully, gestational diabetes only lasts the span of pregnancy, but it’s no fun at all! And when it starts early, then it means a longer time the expectant momma has to deal with it.
After delivering the baby, blood sugar levels usually go back to normal. However, the condition does need to be treated, as it can cause severe complications to both mother and child, if left untreated.
- Sadly…a miscarriage may happen
A miscarriage refers to the loss of a pregnancy in the first 20 weeks of gestation, though the majority of pregnancy loss occurs before 12 weeks gestation.
As stated earlier, pregnancy is a pretty unpredictable time and also a delicate one. The fertilized egg needs to implant in the uterus, the developing embryo needs to be healthy and the mother’s womb needs to be in top shape, if the embryo is to thrive. Any issue with any part of the process is likely to lead to a miscarriage.
Investigations can be done to find out the reason for miscarriages but in some case, no reason is found.
Fortunately, the majority of pregnancies do result in the delivery of a healthy, full-term baby.
- It could be an ectopic pregnancy
Sadly, a positive pregnancy test does not mean that the pregnancy is a healthy one. In a healthy pregnancy, the fertilized egg attaches itself inside the uterus, where it will receive the vital elements that it needs to grow, and have the necessary space that is needed to grow.
However, when the fertilized egg attaches itself somewhere outside of the uterus, like the fallopian tube, this is known as an ectopic pregnancy.
It is also called tubal pregnancies as quite a number of ectopic pregnancies are in the fallopian tubes.
Though less common, ectopic pregnancies can also occur in the ovary, the cervix, the abdomen, or even in a previous C-section scar.
This article is not meant to scare anyone but rather to ensure we are all armed with the information, we need to have a hitch-free pregnancy.
Stay strong mama.
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