Common Problems during Pregnancy

By:Vatsal Anand, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Sep 21, 2012

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If you are pregnant, it is unreasonable not to expect any complications, to say the least! You must be aware of the common problems to keep your calm.
  • 1

    Heart Burn

    It is common to experience increased heartburns during pregnancy. Also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), it occurs mostly in early pregnancy. You need to be stricter with your diet and exercise regimen to cope with this problem. Just know that it is a normal complication during pregnancy and can be resolved with ease. (Image source:Gettyimages)

  • 2

    Braxton Hicks Contractions

    Some women tend to suffer from contractions, known as Braxton Hicks Contractions, occasionally while some have to deal with for as long as a whole day as early as the second trimester. This occurs in the later part of pregnancy and subsides with proper medical care. Treatment can involve some instructions on your sleeping postures and precautions while walking and also physiotherapy. (Image source:Gettyimages)

  • 3

    Constipation

    The contraction process is changed as a result of abnormal intestinal contractions during pregnancy. It is needed so that your body absorbs the much-needed nutrients. This process is not without side-effects. Your faeces would be difficult to pass as it becomes very dry. (Image source:Gettyimages)

  • 4

    Dehydration

    The intravascular space gets expanded during pregnancy. In other words, your body is more in need of water and you have to ensure that it is replenished in the required amount. Dehydration is a common complication because women at times do not realize the importance of increasing fluid intake, which their body demands. (Image source:Gettyimages)

  • 5

    Backaches

    Although backaches can be experienced anytime during pregnancy, they are more common during the third trimester for an obvious reason. The baby’s size grows to an extent that it changes the centre of gravity of the woman. Just follow some basic tips on sleeping postures and precautions while walking or sitting and you’d be fine. (Image source:Gettyimages)

  • 6

    Hypertensive States

    These include eclampsia, preeclampsia, chronic hypertension and gestational hypertension. The last one means hypertension only during pregnancy which ends by itself after delivery. The pre-existing conditions can aggravate. So, take care and follow the advice of your OB/GYN. (Image source:Gettyimages)

  • 7

    Flu

    It is very important for pregnant women to get the flu vaccine as they are more prone to get sick and have serious complications from the flu, especially during flu season. (Image source:Gettyimages)

  • 8

    Bleeding

    Bleeding during pregnancy is a serious complication, and always needs immediate attention. Heavy bleeding with cramping is one of the signs of miscarriage. In case of bleeding, call your doctor. (Image source:Gettyimages)

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