Additional concerns and precautions

Rhogam in RH Negative Moms

If the pregnant mother is RH negative and the blood of the baby is RH positive, it is known as an incompatibility. As a part of the red blood cells of the baby can infiltrate into your system, your body is likely to produce antibodies for confronting the Rh factor like a destructive agent. The anti bodies generally remain in the body to affect the next fetus.

In case you are RH negative, a Rhogam injection is pushed at the 28th week of pregnancy, or within 72 hours following delivery, abortion, miscarriage or amniocentesis. Rhogam prevents the development of destructive antibodies. If your child is RH negative, Rhogam will not be administered after delivery, which can be suggested by your gynecologist.

Preeclampsia

This is also known as toxemia or Pregnancy Induced Hypertension or PIH. The cause of preeclampsia is not yet known and it is common in 5% pregnancies that can be mentioned as follows:

  • First pregnancies
  • Other multiple or twin pregnancies
  • Pregnant women with high blood pressure prior to 20 weeks of pregnancy
  • Teenage pregnancies
  • Diabetic pregnant women
  • Pregnant women who had had preeclampsia in a previous pregnancy

The symptoms of preeclampsia incorporate high blood pressure, protein content in urine and swift weight gain because of fluid retention. If it is left untreated, preeclampsia may be fatal to the mom and the baby. Early diagnosis may be done by routine checkup. Some symptoms are:

  • Blurred eyesight
  • Pain in upper abdomen
  • Headache
  • Increased swelling
  • Swift weight gain

Gestational Diabetes

This is pregnancy specific as physical changes may cause soaring of sugar levels that might affect the fetus and you. You can get it if you are:

  • Overweight
  • Have a family of diabetics
  • Have delivered a baby weighing above 9 lbs
  • Have had a baby who dies before delivery
  • Had Gestational Diabetes previously
  • Latin, Asian, Pacific Islander, African or American Indian

Uncontrolled blood sugar may cause:

  • Big baby
  • Premature delivery
  • Jaundice
  • Low blood sugar
  • Stillborn

Or for moms:

  • High blood pressure
  • Kidney or bladder infection
  • Short breath
  • Longer time for recovery or hard labor
  • Risks of caesarean delivery

Usage of chemicals and precautions

Steer clear of household cleaners, paint, electrolysis, nail polish, hair dye, tanning beds etc.

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