If you think about it, pregnancy is a miracle. It’s a miracle, to think of the creation of another human. What women do is no small feat. I think it’s easy for us to assume it’s no big deal since women all over the world are experiencing this and for the most part, very successfully.
Even the easiest pregnancy can come with a complication or two. Thankfully, the majority of issues a pregnant woman deals with are minor or can easily be treated to ensure a safe and effective outcome for the both the mother and the baby.
- Anemia. This is very common. You need an increase in iron and red cells and this can often take a hit. Your doctor will check red cells and often suggest supplements to help with the low iron caused anemia.
- Anxiety and Depression. Pregnancy is a new experience, even if you have been through it more than once. Each time, it’s a different experience. It is normal to feel anxious, apprehensive, even moody, sad or depressed. In part, your hormones are shifting, your body is required to give much more than it ever has to a growing human and all of this can simply wear you out. They can cause sleep problems, eating problems and a host of other setbacks. If you are feeling anxious and depressed for more than a few days and it is beginning to interrupt your daily routines, you need to visit with your provider. There are many things we can do to help you through these rough patches. Anxiety and depression can be difficult to manage post-partum as well.
- Diabetes. Even if you are starting your pregnancy in the best of health, gestational diabetes can still become a problem. High blood sugar can lead to a host of other problems like pre-term birth, and pre-eclampsia. Of course, a healthy start to a pregnancy is important but if you develop gestational diabetes, there are many lifestyle changes you can make to keep you and the baby safe. Visit with one of our providers to find out more.
- Morning sickness. Most women will deal with a little of this but if you are plagued with morning, or all day sickness see your doctor. Extreme bouts of morning sickness can lead to severe dehydration. If you can’t eat or drink for more than 8-24 hours, you need to be seen.
- Infections. Women can be susceptible to all the colds and flu that circulate. Make sure you visit with your provider before taking any over the counter medications or supplements. Many of these medications can cross over and affect the baby so it’s better to have the guidance of your doctor.
Of course, the best way to ensure a healthy pregnancy is to start off as your best healthy self possible. Before you plan to get pregnant, start adopting a healthy diet that is well balanced between proteins, carbs and fats. Make sure your weight is in a healthy place. We can help you get on track!