In an ideal world we wouldn’t need to include this section on the website. We want every woman to have a healthy, happy pregnancy and a well baby. While most women avoid pregnancy problems, not everyone is so fortunate. We’ve developed this section of the website to let you know about pregnancy problems, ways to avoid problems and how to respond when things don’t go to plan.
Some pregnancy problems can affect your unborn baby’s health. Certain illnesses can impact your unborn baby so it’s important to address illness in pregnancy. If you have any symptoms that are similar to those mentioned in these articles speak to your midwife or doctor. Educating yourself about any pregnancy problems you develop is a great way to make informed choices about treatment options open to you. If you can’t find an answer here to your questions you can ask our expert midwife in our community forum.
Pregnancy Problem Articles
Preventing high blood pressure in pregnancy with magnesium supplements
Any pregnant mum will tell you how important it is to have a healthy pregnancy. For some women high blood pressure can cause problems in pregnancy and make the pregnancy higher risk.
Rh Negative Blood and Pregnancy
"As soon as your pregnancy is confirmed your midwife or doctor will recommend blood tests to determine your immunity to various illnesses, as well as your overall health, your blood type and your Rh factor. Not everybody knows what their blood type is as it generally doesn’t affect us in a day-to-day sense. However in pregnancy it becomes important, as does the knowledge of whether you are Rh positive or negative." This article by Anna Russell talks all about Rh negative blood in pregnancy.
Pregnancy Induced Hypertension
"Whether your pregnancy is managed by a midwife, obstetrician, general practitioner or through the public health system, there are a number of simple observations which will be performed at each antenatal visit. These observations are intended to plot the course of your health during pregnancy and to identify early warning signs of potentially concerning issues." This article by Yvette Barton gives all the details and information on Pregnancy Induced Hypertension.
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of November 2013, is Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week. Perinatal may be an unfamiliar term for some people but it refers to the period from conception through to 12 months after the birth of a baby." This article by Rhona Barker brings awareness about Perinatal Depression and Anxiety Awareness Week, as well as insight into Perinatal Depression and Anxiety.
What Diet Works Best for Women with Gestational Diabetes?
"Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a glucose intolerance that develops during pregnancy. In pregnancy the woman’s body is not as sensitive to insulin which is needed to lower blood sugar levels. When GDM occurs the body does not produce sufficient insulin." This article gives the essential facts and information about the best diet for women with gestational diabetes.
Vasa Previa and Me
Vasa Previa is a rare complication in pregnancy where unprotected blood vessels run across the cervical os. If the blood vessels rupture during labour, or are compressed during birth, consequences for the baby can be rapid and severe. Claudia Phares talks to Katharine Gillett about experiencing Vasa Previa and the care and support she received from midwives.
This article provides details and facts on Placenta Praevia. Ranging from the different severities of this condition to commonly asked questions on the issue, this article answers those questions and gives a detailed insight into Placenta Praevia.
Smoking and cleft lip
A recent analysis of 24 different studies showed there was a significant association between mothers who smoke in early pregnancy and the development of a cleft lip in the baby (a gap in the upper lip) and/or cleft palate (a hole in the roof of the mouth).
Acupuncture is Successful in Reducing Depression in Pregnancy
Acupuncture is Successful in Reducing Depression in Pregnancy - While many studies have explored the prevalence and treatment of postpartum depression, few have explored the treatment of depression in pregnancy.
What is Gestational Diabetes?
Gestational Diabetes is a form of diabetes that occurs during the pregnancy and then goes away after the baby is born. Around 3-8% of pregnant women will develop Gestational Diabetes at around 28 weeks of pregnancy,
Herpes and Pregnancy
Genital herpes is an extremely common disease with one in eight Australians carrying the virus. There is a lot of misinformation in the community about genital herpes and this means the psychological impact of the disease often outweighs the physical effects.
Thalassaemia is the most common inherited blood disorder in the world and it affects the production of haemoglobin, resulting in severe anaemia in those affected
Hyperemesis Gravidarum HG is characterised by persistent vomiting and severe nausea. The woman suffering from HG is unable to maintain adequate hydration and fluid, electrolyte and nutritional status are jeopardised.
Turning a posterior baby in pregnancy is not so easy
Midwives have traditionally encouraged women whose babies are lying in a posterior position (baby facing the mother’s back) to use a hands and knees position and pelvic rocking exercises during pregnancy to try and help rotate the baby into an anterior position
Molar pregnancies, otherwise known as Hydatidiform Moles, occur when a part of the baby that forms the placenta becomes quite abnormal. This can occur when a sperm penetrates an empty ovum (female’s egg) or when a couple of sperm enter an ovum. It occurs about 1 in 1000 to 2000 pregnancies.
Pubic Symphysitis: A common cause of pain in pregnancy
Pubic symphysitis is one of the most common causes of pain in pregnancy. It can manifest as pain on one side of the lower back, pain radiating into one or both groin areas, or pain around the pubic bone.
Prenatal Diagnosis Support
Stephanie recounts her story as a mother expecting a child with a fatal condition (Potter's Syndrome). Stephanie shares her journey to help families in a similar situation, and offers them practical support.
Understanding Anaemia in Pregnancy
By far the most common blood related problem pregnant women face is anaemia. Anaemia occurs when there is a lack of red blood cells due to a reduction in their production or an increase in their loss.
Chickenpox- What pregnant women need to know
Contracting chickenpox during pregnancy can be a problem for both the mother and the baby. For mothers the greatest risk comes from contracting chickenpox in the last 10-12 weeks of pregnancy.
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is an umbrella term for conditions that are caused as a result of drinking alcohol during pregnancy