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December 20, 2012

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There are several health issues that are of concern during pregnancy. The health issues can involve the health of the mother, the child or both. A number of women got health problems before they conceived that can result to complications. However, other problems come up as a result of pregnancy.

The World Health Organization recommends that pregnant women make a minimum of four visits to a doctor, nurse or midwife before their babies are born. But in many parts of the world, a lack of resources and trained staff make that almost impossible. And when visits do happen, health professionals often rely on the Pinard horn for antenatal diagnosis….More at A Mobile Ear for Pregnancy Problems | PRI’s The World

Health issues before conceiving:
Before conceiving, one should inform her doctor as regard her health problems she is having or have suffered from in the past. It is important to notify the doctor if you are getting treatment for a health problem as the doctor may need to change the way the problem is being controlled. A number of medicines used to manage health problems may be dangerous if taken when expectant. Some of the common health problems before pregnancy include asthma, depression, diabetes, eating disorders, epilepsy and other seizures disorders, high blood pressure, HIV, migraines, overweight and obesity, sexually transmitted infections, thyroid disease and uterine fibroids.

Pregnancy associated problems:
Some health problems sometimes develop due to pregnancy. Carrying out prenatal tests can assist avoid these problems or detect them early. One should follow the doctor’s advice about treatment very closely if a problem is detected. Some of the common pregnancy associated problems include; anemia, depression, preterm labor, ectopic pregnancy, miscarriage, fetal problems, placenta previa, gestational diabetes, placental abruption, high blood pressure, hyperemesis gravidarum, and preeclampsia .
Infections during pregnancy

Though the baby is often protected from many diseases, such as flu or a passing stomach bug, some infections may be harmful to the baby and yourself. It is important to know the symptoms of infections and what do to stay healthy. Simple steps, like washing hand, practicing safe sex and avoiding certain foods, may assist in preventing infections. Some of the common infections include; bacterial vaginosis, cytomegalovirus, urinary tract infection, Group B strep, hepatitis B virus, influenza, listeriosis, parvovirus, sexually transmitted infection, toxoplasmosis, and yeast infection.

Apps and cool things for the Mom’s on the move such as the pregnancy due date iphone….More at Mobile Mom

When to call a doctor:
You should call a doctor as soon as you have something worrying you. Occasionally, physical changes may be symptoms of a problem. You should call a doctor immediately if you experience bleeding, severe headaches, sudden swelling in the face, hands or legs, lower abdomen pain, fever or chills, vomiting, pain when urinating, blurred vision, feel dizzy, when the baby is not playing and have thoughts of hurting yourself or the baby.

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