Mental and Physical Difficulties during Pregnancy

With a lot of things in mind, sometimes it can’t be avoided that a pregnant woman experience difficulties. What could be the physical and mental difficulties that may be experienced? Let’s discuss it.

1) Appendicitis

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It is not uncommon for pregnant women to sometimes misdiagnose appendicitis. Because of tummy pains related to pregnancy, it's difficult to tell if it is appendix pain or just pregnant tummy pain. Normally, the symptoms of appendicitis are tummy pain, vomiting, high temperature, white cell count goes up but these symptoms are not usually together. Also, you may experience lower right tummy pain , back pain and sometimes even right

leg pain meaning you can’t straighten your leg and you may even scream in pain. If the appendix is touching your bladder, then you will feel pain in the lower back, have possible diarrhea, and you will always want to go to the bathroom.

Appendix surgery won't affect your pregnancy

The most common surgery while pregnant is the removal of the appendix. If you do not treat appendicitis, then the membrane which covers the abdomen wall and organs will become inflamed and this can cause peritonitis. If you suspect that you have appendicitis, you must consult your doctor and arrange for surgery, and be assured the procedure will not affect your pregnancy or cause a miscarriage or any pregnancy complications.

2) Diabetes

It is simple to diagnose either pregnancy diabetes or normal diabetes and treat for both conditions. While pregnant, your body will expel more sugar in the urine so any urine test that is less than a 12% increase is considered fine. However, if there is a history of diabetes in your family or you are overweight and your urine test show increased sugar, then you will need to be concerned about diabetes.

Diabetes can cause other complications

Diabetes normally occurs after 32 weeks and can cause eye problems, kidney problems, induce early labor, cause nervous system problems, gestational transient thyrotoxicosis, inflammation, hydroamnious and other complications. For the baby, there is an increased risk of growing too large and suffering from hypoglycemia, deformity, enlarged heart, diabetes and you also have the increased risk of a miscarriage or stillbirth.

Pregnancy diabetes concerns

Pregnancy diabetes is different to normal diabetes. You must not be overly concerned about pregnancy diabetes but you will have to have treatment. You can diagnose diabetes using a glucose tolerance test to check if you have sugar in your urine. Years ago, women with this possible condition were advised to not get pregnant but now with careful monitoring, women can give birth to a healthy baby with this condition.

Important to control blood sugar levels

The prevention and treatment of diabetes focuses on the control of your blood sugar level using a combination of diet and exercise to maintain a healthy body. If you are unable to control your sugar levels, you will require insulin injections. While you are pregnant, it is very important to control your blood sugar levels to avoid any complications that may occur.

The closer you are to giving birth, the harder it is to control, so it may be better to stay in the hospital until you give birth. High blood sugar levels may cause the baby to grow faster than it should and this will create difficulties when you give birth.

3) Nephritis

While pregnant, you may suffer from acute or chronic nephritis. If you have been cured of acute nephritis or have been stable for 2 years after suffering from chronic nephritis, then you can proceed to try and get pregnant. Suffering from a chronic kidney problem will mean you probably have high blood pressure and this will have complications for the growth of your baby. So you must seek medical advice before you try and become pregnant.

Gets worse in the later terms of your pregnancy

After the middle stage of your pregnancy, you may start to feel very cold, need to frequently urinate, have a fever, have some difficulty in urinating, suffer pain around your kidney area, and possibly vomit and have flatulence. In your early pregnancy, these conditions may not have been too serious so you may have ignored the symptoms and then later in your pregnancy, the symptoms will start to get much worse.

Decide to keep the baby or not

For those pregnant women who suffer from a serious kidney problem, in the early stages of their pregnancy their symptoms will already be serious. The woman's hands, feet and eyes will become swollen and it is important to go to the hospital for a checkup to see if you can keep the baby. Having a kidney problem does not prevent you having a baby if you receive appropriate treatment. Have enough rest, keep calm and get enough nutrition to ensure both mommy and the baby are OK.

4) Pernicious Vomiting

When your morning sickness is very serious, you can't eat, and you continue to keep vomiting even after four months, this is known as pernicious vomiting.

Pernicious vomiting is different with morning sickness which can be worse in the morning. Pernicious vomiting is much more serious and can lead to dehydration, headaches, general sickness and even unconsciousness. Due to the amount of vomiting you do, your body will be dehydrated and lack its required. This can result in problems for your nervous system and body, and is very dangerous.

Losing weight and throwing up bile

If your skin is getting pale, dry and looks constantly yellow, your heart beats faster than normal and you are suffering from serious headaches and weight loss, then you need to go to the hospital immediately for a checkup. You will need to check if you have any diseases in case your vomit consists of mucus first and then later bile or blood.

Unbalanced nutrition and lack of vitamin B

The reason for pernicious vomiting is still not clear. However, the following situations always accompany pernicious vomiting: pregnant with twins causing discomfort, intestinal inflammation or bile duct problems or a depression type of mental illness, and chorionic gonadotropin production. Nutritional unbalance caused especially by a lack of vitamin B or taking medicines that shouldn’t be taken when pregnant can also cause complications.

Can lead to death or miscarriage

Pernicious vomiting is very dangerous because of the complications it can cause such as serious dehydration that will cause the body’s electrolyte levels to become unbalanced and may cause liver problems or unconsciousness. If not treated correctly then the baby is also in danger, and the pregnant woman is also at risk of death. Sometimes, doctors misdiagnose a thyroid problem with pernicious vomiting.

Reduce pressure and keep calm and quite

For those women who have bad traits like staying up late, not exercising, over sensitivity, a weak digestive system or suffer from lots of pressure, then you are more likely to suffer from pernicious vomiting. To prevent pernicious vomiting, you need to balance your water and nutritional intake and keep calm. Look at reducing any pressure related to being pregnant. Just behave like a normal pregnant woman, live your life normally, and do gentle exercise. If your morning sickness is strong then taking a gentle walk, doing some simple exercises, and maintaining a good mood will help.

4) Pregnancy Depression

This condition normally starts after 6 months pregnancy and is a very typical change in a pregnant woman's mood. If your mood is up and down constantly and you are feeling depressed and agitated, you must find a way to resolve your issues. Both your general well being and mental state can both affect the development of your baby, so you must try and maintain a peaceful mind.

Body changes, hormonal effects and pressures about giving birth

The biggest reasons for depression while pregnant are the changes to your body. Your tummy is getting bigger and bigger, you are gaining fat, and your skin is becoming blotchy. All these factors give you increased pressure and can lead to depression. While you are pregnant, there are lots of hormonal changes that will affect your mood. You will start to be concerned about the birth and how your relationship with your partner will change, and all these will contribute to you feeling overwhelmed and depressed.

Symptoms vary

Depression has many different symptoms. It can cause insomnia, meaning you have trouble sleeping, which will lead to you feeling overly tired so you then get easily angry. If your depression is serious, then you will feel like everyone is against you and you will just want to avoid those who try and give you help and suggestions. Depression can lead to vomiting, nerve pain, dizziness, tummy pain, joint pain, eye sight problems and other complications. Although your morning sickness has stopped, many pregnant women begin to over eat.

Reduce the Depression 100%

The best way to help reduce depression is to go swimming and do a little exercise to tone your body and keep your mind peaceful. Try to read more about giving birth and other information related to your pregnancy, and start to learn about your body changes as this will help to reduce your nervous feelings.

Love from your partner is the very best medicine. The partner needs to hug their wife to show their love and support, and also take the wife out for gentle walks or go and see family and friends to make the wife happy and active. A partner’s actions will have a very large affect on the woman's depression and can either make her pregnancy depression better or worse.

Another good way to reduce depression is to make life more interesting. Have a learning, spiritual attitude to your activities and make life for her a little busier to take her mind off her concerns and do things that you are both interested in. Her mind will be calmer and more peaceful.

Remember that a pregnant woman should as much as possible not experience physical and mental difficulties as this will affect the baby.

Sandra Henderson
 

Editor-in-chief at Babiology and a proud mother of four passionate about sharing pregnancy and baby growth knowledges

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