Prevalent Pregnancy Problems: You Aren't Alone!Monica Bielanko
While pregnant I couldn’t read enough about the complications other women experienced, if only to make myself feel better about how miserable I become when knocked up.
Y’all, I do not stop puking for damn near the entire nine months. It kicks in around 6 weeks and doesn’t let up until I give birth. I even puked during labor with my son.
I hated hearing women talk about how wonderful pregnancy is for them. I really felt violent toward certain coworkers who waxed poetic about how great they felt while expecting.
If, like me, you feel like absolute crap when pregnant then reading about these six common pregnancy complaints courtesy of Lil Sugar will make you feel much better. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!
Persistent Nausea: The majority of pregnant women suffer some kind of morning sickness. There is also a term, hyperemesis gravidarum, which describes women who vomit to the point of dangerous weight loss, dehydration, lightheadedness, or fainting.
Gestational Diabetes: This is first diagnosed when a woman is pregnant. It means she has high levels of blood sugar. This can usually be controlled with a healthy diet and exercise and generally goes away after pregnancy. However, some women need medication like insulin to control their blood sugar. Gestational Diabetes really has no symptoms which is why you’ll likely undergo a glucose test (where you drink the lime or orange drink) around 28 weeks.
Miscarriage: Sadly, miscarriages are common. In fact, they are the most common type of pregnancy loss. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) reports that anywhere from 10 to 25 percent of pregnancies will end in miscarriage.
Depression: We’ve all heard of postpartum depression but did you know women are just as likely to suffer depression during any pregnancy trimester? It’s true. So, if you’re feeling down, talk to your doctor! You don’t have to feel that way.
Preeclampsia: This condition only occurs to pregnant women. It’s characterized by high blood pressure, water retention and can cause headaches and swelling. It’s not pleasant. I had a friend with preeclampsia and she became so swollen her head doubled in size and she was barely recognizable. However, she was back to normal after delivering a healthy baby boy.
Low Amniotic Fluid: This affects a small amount of women, usually in the third trimester. Symptoms include leaking fluid, small baby bumps and not feeling baby move. Among other things, amniotic fluid regulates temperature in the womb, provides padding for the fetus and protects against infection. Women with low amniotic fluid are closely monitored.
I share these pregnancy complications with you not to instigate fear, but provide reassurance. You aren’t alone if you’re suffering from one of the above scenarios! Millions of women have felt the way you do and delivered healthy babies. You can take heart in that, at least.
Catch the facts and personal experiences in Babble’s special Getting Pregnant Issue!