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6 Pregnancy Complications That You Might Not Know

By Devan McGuinness |

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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6 Uncommon Pregnancy Symptoms

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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6 thoughts on “6 Pregnancy Complications That You Might Not Know

  1. Erin says:

    There are some other complications that are really scary and come up kind of often as well…
    One is called Polyhydramnios (too much amniotic fluid) and another one that is not as common and is typically undiagnosed and is very very uncomfortable is called Cholestasis.

  2. Samantha at ShesNotBroken says:

    I had hyperemesis and PGP. PGP doesn’t always go away after pregnancy. I am still dealing with a lot of the same problems, particularly if I sit too long or I twist/roll over.

  3. Deziree says:

    My first pregnancy was pretty easy.. no morning sickness, no heartburn, no constipation.. the doctors called it a “model” pregnancy. My second pregnancy was not so easy. I had pain ALL the time everywhere and I was always feeling horrible. After I had my daughter I went into severe right heart failure and was diagnosed with something called Idiopathic Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension which isn’t common with pregnancies but my pregnancy did make it a whole lot worse. They told me they didn’t know how I survived labor and delivery. It doesn’t go away and there is no cure. I will have it for the rest of my life. It is a lung disease causing high blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries. The arteries narrow causing the right side of the heart to not pump blood very easily to the rest of my body. Thus causing it to work a lot harder and enlarging.

  4. Catrina says:

    I had PUPPP with my first. It was HORRIBLE. While it’s supposed to start no earlier than 35 weeks, I got it at 30 weeks. It baffled both my OB and the dermatologist that diagnosed it. I was given rx strength cortisone cream, and prednisone, and advised to take oatmeal baths as often as needed to help the itch but the only surefire treatment/cure…was to deliver. By the time we finally could induce I was read all over and so itchy I would bleed from scratching and still couldn’t stop.

  5. Rita says:

    Another one that was left off is Group B Strep. Harmful to the mother but can be deadly for the baby. This is not Group A Strep like in the throat, but group B can be passed to the baby during delivery. It is not an STD but is a bacteria.

    http://www.whattoexpect.com/pregnancy/pregnancy-health/complications/group-b-strep.aspx

  6. Kate says:

    As someone else said, you missed cholestasis. I had it and it was nothing less than a living nightmare.

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