Can pregnancy be dangerous?

Paula Greer
Midwifery Nursing Specialist

For most healthy moms pregnancy is usually not dangerous unless you develop a serious complication. Most of these complications are related to diabetes or high blood pressure. This is why I say for most HEALTHY moms. There are some women who have serious health conditions prior to pregnancy like heart disease, lupus , uncontrolled diabetes etc. where the pregnancy stresses the already not healthy mom and makes it harder for the doctors and health care providers to keep you healthy. If you have any serious medical conditions you should talk with your health care provider before becoming pregnant and know your risks versus benefits before the positive pregnancy test. If you are healthy and low risk you should seek prenatal care as soon as possible to your lower your chances of complications and so you and your baby can be as healthy as possible. Growing a healthy baby while staying healthy you is enhanced by eating healthy and staying active. I encourage you to read YOU AND YOUR PREGNANCY by the YOUdocs and discuss any questions with your healthcare provider.

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

In developed countries, with prenatal care and advanced medical technology many of the potentially dangerous conditions of pregnancy can be managed. However complications of pregnancy such as pre-eclampsia, eclampsia, hemmorhage, infection and labor dystocia can be dangerous is not recognized early and treated appropriately.

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Most pregnancies are healthy and do not cause lasting or serious problems for the baby or the mother. However, certain complications can threaten the health or life or mothers and babies. The most well known of these is preeclampsia, also known as toxemia. In preeclampsia, the placenta can come away from the wall of the uterus, interfering with the development of the baby. The mother may develop swelling of the extremities, seizures, and damage to vital organs. In some cases, eclampsia, a life-threatening condition, can develop in women who have preeclampsia.

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