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.
Pregnancy Problem Articles
Molar Pregnancy By Hannah Dahlen A molar pregnancy, otherwise known as an Hydatidiform Mole, 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. The mole can be complete, meaning there is no baby present, or partial where there is some part of the baby
What is Gestational Diabetes? Hannah Dahlen 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, as this is the time that most women are tested. Certain women are at higher risk of developing Gestational Diabetes due to their ethnic background (Indian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Middle Eastern, Polynesian/Melanesian), being Indigenous Australian or Torres Strait
Herpes and Pregnancy Hannah Dahlen One in eight Australians…… 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. Here are some facts: The reality is that many herpes carriers don’t even know they have the disease, as they may never have symptoms, or only have very mild
Thalassaemia Hannah Dahlen 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. The red blood cells of a person with Thalassaemia only survive a few weeks instead of four months so they require ongoing blood transfusions and treatments to remove the excess iron from their blood. The disorder is passed from parent to child. Thalassaemia mostly affects those with ancestry from Southern Europe, India,
Hyperemisis Gravidarum Hannah Dahlen 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. Dehydration, ketonuria, electrolyte imbalance and a body weight loss of greater than 5% of pre-pregnancy weight characterise HG. Onset is always in the first trimester, usually 6 to 8 weeks, and tends to re-occur with subsequent pregnancies. HG occurs in around 1:100 pregnancies. HG is associated
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)By Elizabeth RussellThis chapter has been taken in part from the chapter on FASD in my first book by Dr Sterling Clarren.Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is an umbrella term for conditions that are caused as a result of drinking alcohol during pregnancy but is not a diagnosis. Alcohol is a substance that causes birth defects and as such can affect the unborn child’s development. If a woman drinks while she is pregnant the alcohol, no matter
Pre-eclampsia and Vitamins E & C Press Release from Tommy's Baby Charity Women at risk of pre-eclampsia should not take high does of Vitamins C & E during pregnancy. Research published by The Lancet, shows that women at high risk  of developing pre-eclampsia – approximately 20,000 women in the UK each year - should not take high doses of vitamins C & E during pregnancy as it does not prevent pre-eclampsia and actually increases the chance of having
Pubic Symphysitis: A Common Cause of Pain in Pregnancy Hannah Dahlen 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. Pubic symphysitis results when the ligaments and joints of the pelvis become relaxed due to the hormones of pregnancy and become inflamed by certain movement. Pubic symphysitis generally onsets after
Chickenpox- What Pregnant Women Need to Know Hannah Dahlen What is chicken pox? Chicken pox is a very contagious illness caused by a virus called herpes zoster (also known as Varicella-Zoster virus). Over 90% of the population will have had chickenpox by the age of 15, making it a common childhood illness. What are the symptoms? Chickenpox begins with a feeling of being generally unwell. You tend to get a slight fever, runny nose and a skin rash. The