How To Deal With A Difficult Pregnancy

A pregnancy is always unpredictable and due to the fact that each body is different, generalising a pregnancy is almost impossible. While some women have a rather pleasant and smooth tenure, some others deal with innumerable issues right from Day 1. Some of the problems are temporary while others last till delivery. Apart from the obvious signs and symptoms, some women seem to deal with chronic issues that tend to make pregnancy very difficult and uncomfortable.

Here Are A Few Issues And Their Solutions That Might Help:

1. Morning Sickness

First trimester brings along with it an extremely uncomfortable experience that is often termed as ‘Morning Sickness’. Quite contrary to the name, a majority of women face this problem throughout the day. There is nausea and extreme food aversions that are supposed to fade away as second trimester begins but for some this intensifies to become Hyperemesis Gravidarum1  (HG). Nausea seems to be an everlasting thing for those who suffer from this and some might also need to be admitted to a hospital to replace essential fluids through IV. Frequent rehydration by drinking ginger ale, lemonade, fruit juices and sports drinks can help manage the loss of fluids. Doctors always recommend eating in lesser quantities and having a cracker first thing in the morning.

2. Placenta Previa

A low-lying placenta usually affects women in their second trimester. In the initial stages, you might have a low-lying placenta but it tends to move upward as the pregnancy progresses. For some it does not and covers a significant part of the birth canal. You might experience vaginal bleeding in the latter half of pregnancy and might also need a C-section to avoid excessive bleeding during delivery. You might ask, “Why me?” but a lot of women who have undergone this, do deliver healthy babies. Frequent monitoring via ultrasounds and relying on the doctor’s verdict is important here. Not lifting heavy weights, not indulging in strenuous exercise and resting well are recommended.

3. Gestational Diabetes

One of the most disturbing difficulties is developing Gestational Diabetes2 that is on the rise these days. This generally shows up in between Week 24-28 and is either because the expecting mother is obese or overweight to begin with or has a history of GD in the family. Dealing with GD is difficult but not impossible. Regular blood tests, staying active, eating healthy, including fibrous food in diet, excluding sugar in any form, avoiding empty calories and regular visits to the doctor can help in curbing blood sugar levels and keeping the pregnancy safe and sound.

4. Pregnancy After Repeated Miscarriages

If you have had a miscarriage in the past, your current pregnancy is definitely precious. Some experience complications like vaginal bleeding, early breaking of waters, fear of preterm labour and the threat of another miscarriage. If you have a high-risk pregnancy, you will need to be closely monitored and you might also need complete bed rest to ensure that the pregnancy thrives. With proper care, there is every possibility that you will deliver healthy babies.

For a difficult pregnancy, it is very important that the partner, family members, doctor/midwife support the expecting mother throughout; both mentally as well as physically so that the stress of this difficulty never sets in. 

References:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperemesis_gravidarum
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestational_diabetes