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What are complications of pregnancy?

There are a number of conditions that can complicate a pregnancy. Some of the more common are:

  • Premature labor or the onset of labor contractions before the 38th week of the pregnancy.
  • Placenta previa or when the placenta implants in the lower part of the uterus and may lead to vaginal bleeding in the second half of the pregnancy
  • Preeclampsia or a condition of high blood pressure, protein in the urine and excessive fluid retention occurring in the latter half of the pregnancy.
  • Gestational diabetes or glucose intolerance during pregnancy.

All of these complications can impact the health and well-being of both the mother and the developing fetus.

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