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6 Pregnancy Complications That You Might Not Know

10 Symptoms of Pregnancy You May Not Have Heard OfEven though I don’t have super easy pregnancies, the symptoms themselves are usually easy to manage.

I have had pretty bad morning sickness, recurrent spotting and cramping, been on bed rest and dealt with a lot of kidney stones that can cause pre-term labor. While these complications are not exactly a walk in the park, physically or emotionally, I consider myself lucky as far as complications go. There is nothing I have dealt with that hasn’t been manageable and I am very thankful.

There are some pregnant women who can’t say this about their pregnancy. Though pregnancy is a completely, wonderful and natural thing, it is still a very complicated process and sometimes there are major roadblocks that stand in the way of the journey that your body is taking.

While you might have heard of complications like pre-term labor and cervical changes, there are some other complications that are not as common. Some can be quite serious, some are just plain annoying, but it’s good to learn what they are and what signs would alert you to their presence.

Click through to read about 6 symptoms of pregnancy that you might not know:

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  • Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP) 1 of 6
    Pelvic Girdle Pain (PGP)
    Affecting 1 in 5 women, PGP is marked by pain in the pelvic joints (any or all of them) usually noted while walking, climbing stairs or turning over in bed. It can be a big physical challenge and very painful.
    Source: Pelvic Partnership
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  • HELLP Syndrome 2 of 6
    HELLP Syndrome
    A syndrome that include a variety of symptoms including hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes and low platelet count. There is no cause found but occurs in 1 to 2 out of 1,000 pregnancies. Symptoms include fatigue, headache, nosebleeds and even seizures. It's very serious and the only treatment is to deliver the baby.
    Source: PubMedHealth
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  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) 3 of 6
    Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
    DVT is the development of a blood clot in the deep veins (usually found in the legs) occurring once in every 1,000 to 2,000 pregnancies or postpartum. Symptoms include a heavy or painful feeling in the leg with isolated redness. Certain risk factors increase your chances of developing a DVT including blood clotting disorders.
    Source: WhatToExpect
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  • Eclampsia 4 of 6
    Eclampsia
    Many of us have heard of pre-eclampsia, but eclampsia is what happens when that progresses or goes undiagnosed. It's marked by seizures or a coma and is very life threatening. Approximately 5-7% of pregnancies develop pre-eclampsia and less than 1 in 100 with pre-eclampsia will develop full eclampsia. It's important to monitor blood pressure for signs of elevation.
    Source: EMedicineHealth
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  • Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy (PUPPP) 5 of 6
    Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of Pregnancy (PUPPP)
    PUPPP is the most common pregnancy rash and usually only occurs in first pregnancies with an onset at around 35 weeks gestation. The cause is unknown, but it causes a very itchy rash to develop on the abdomen usually started by stretch marks. It can spread to arms, legs and breasts as well. It's harmless to the baby and the mom, but the rash is very itchy and can be quite bothersome!
    Source: About | Dermatology
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  • Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) 6 of 6
    Hyperemesis Gravidarum  (HG)
    You've heard of morning sickness, but HG is an extreme form of vomiting and nausea in pregnancy. Marked by a body weight loss of more than 5-10%, severe dehydration and production of ketones. Complications can also include results of so much vomiting including gastric ulcers, esophageal bleeding and malnutrition.
    Source: HelpHer
    Photo credit: iStockPhoto

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