Pregnancy Illnesses

Of course the thought of developing any form of pregnancy illnesses can be quite worrisome, especially to those that already suffer with a pre-existing condition such as high blood pressure or diabetes. Staying well in pregnancy can never be entirely within your control, but while you are pregnant, you need to be even more cautious to your environment and what your body is telling you.

High Blood Pressure And Pregnancy

During your first antenatal visit, around 8 weeks or earlier, you will have a complete health check overhaul to establish if you are considered to be a ‘high risk’ pregnancy or not. This is not to say that anything is wrong but it does give you the opportunity, based on past medical and family history as well as your age to tailor all your future antenatal checks to suit your personal situation, enabling you to pick up on any potential pregnancy illness or associated complication in it’s early stage.

These following pregnancy related illnesses or pre-existing conditions are the main ones to watch out for when you are pregnant:

  • Intrahepatic Cholestasis Of Pregnancy (ICP), also referred to as Obstetric Cholestasis (in the UK) is a medical condition that causes Cholestasis in pregnancy leading to complications for both the mother and fetus.
  • Gestational Diabetes is a form of diabetes that occurs only in pregnancy usually during the third trimester
  • Hyperemesis Gravidarum is a severe form of unrelenting morning sickness that often requires medical intervention
  • Pre-Eclampsia is high blood pressure that occurs during pregnancy, again usually in the final trimester.
  • Contracting Rubella within the first 20 weeks of pregnancy can lead to a condition called Congenital Rubella Syndrome (which affects the fetus).
  • Toxoplasmosis is a parasitic disease that begins it’s life in infected meat and can sometimes prove to be fatal.