Pregnancy Complications

Occasionally, pregnancy complications can occur. Fortunately, with regular antenatal check ups these can usually be spotted in a timely manner and handled accordingly with the best advice on hand to you. When a pregnancy complication does occur, it does not always mean that there will be a negative outcome. Many complications, when discovered, can often be managed with regular check-ups and scans along with professional medical counselling.

Complications In Pregnancy

Here are some associated complications in pregnancy that may occur:

  • Increased or decreased levels of alpha-fetoprotein may or may not be an indication of a birthing defect.
  • An ectopic pregnany, also referred to as a ‘tubular pregnancy’ is considered to be a medical emergency.
  • Eisenmenger’s Syndrome is a heart defect in the mother that can causes serious complications in pregnancy.
  • Hydrops Fetalis is a fetal heart condition.
  • Pre-term dilation of the cervix is known as ‘(incompetent cervix)‘ or ‘cervical incompetence’.
  • Hydatidiform mole or ‘molar pregnancy‘ occurs when a non-viable, fertilized egg implants into the uterus.
  • The opposite of ‘polyhydramnios’ is ‘olighydramnios‘ characterized by the deficiency of amniotic fluid.
  • Placenta Accreta is a severe obstetric complication.
  • A placenta close to or covering the cervix is referred to as Placenta Praevia.
  • Abruptio Placentae, commonly referred to as ‘Pacental Abruption‘ is the separation of the placenta from the lining of the uterus.
  • Placental Insufficiency is insufficient blood flow to the placenta during pregnancy.
  • The opposite of ‘Oligohydramnios’ is ‘Polyhydramnios‘ which is a medical condition describing an excess amount of amniotic fluid.
  • After delivery, Postpartum Hemorrhage refers to excess bleeding due to a failure of clotting.
  • There are many contributing factors that can determine a pre-term labor.
  • Blood contamination between a rhesus negative mother and a rhesus positive baby is known as Rhesus Disease or RH Disease.
  • A common complication of early pregnancy is miscarriage, known medically as ‘Spontaneous Abortion’or ‘Threatened Abortion‘.