Top Pregnancy Triggered Diseases
There’s not a phase in a woman’s life more treasured than pregnancy. Still, it is a difficult time with many challenges for the new mom and the whole family. There are plenty of changes in a short period of time, a new diet, and mood swings. But above everything else, pregnant women need to be careful around their health. Now they are carrying a new being inside, and the whole body reacts, causing several changes to the metabolism, the immune function, and the cardiovascular system.
So, if you’re a woman undergoing these changes for the first time, and even if you have experience in this field, this article will be useful to increase your awareness on the top pregnancy-triggered disorders and how they change a woman’s health at very short notice.
Hypertension in pregnant women
You may have noticed how often doctors take a woman’s blood pressure during pregnancy. It is because their organism is undergoing cardiovascular changes, and sometimes triggers hypertension. It is more common in first moms, in multiple pregnancies, in women with underlying blood pressure problems, and those younger than 20 and older than 40 years old.
Hypertension in pregnant women is very dangerous. It leads to a condition called pre-eclampsia, which compromises pregnancy and may endanger both the woman and her baby. If you keep experiencing hypertension, you will enter a state called eclampsia, characterised by seizures and other alterations in the central nervous system.
In most cases, asthma is limited to childhood. But if you have experienced asthma as a grown woman, it is possible that pregnancy triggers the symptoms and may worsen your condition. Thus, women with severe asthma before pregnancy should be carefully controlled. Otherwise, there could be severe pregnancy-related problems.
For example, untreated asthma may increase your blood pressure and trigger preeclampsia. It may also affect your baby, leading to premature birth and intrauterine growth problems. Even though asthma medications are somewhat risky, it is even worse to leave this condition unattended.
Another health problem triggered by pregnancy is called gestational diabetes. This type of diabetes is somewhat different than the regular diabetes mellitus, but in some cases, women with gestational diabetes end up with type 2 diabetes mellitus after giving birth.
Similar to type 2 diabetes, gestational diabetes is an imbalance in our blood levels of insulin and glucose. It requires a low-carb diet, physical activity, and monitoring your levels of glucose regularly. In some cases, insulin will be needed, but it is unlikely if you take good care of yourself.
Gestational diabetes may result in miscarriages and large babies that require a C-section to prevent injury in the moment of delivery. However, if you follow recommendations, the risk of complications is minimal.
Our Obstetrics and Gynecology department offers a specialised service to detect and provide follow-up to these pregnancy-triggered diseases and many others. We have the latest technology available to detect genetic problems and infectious diseases and will prepare the most current treatment plans to ensure your safety and that of your newborn.