Pregnancy Complications

It’s a tricky business creating a new life - which is precisely why pregnant women are monitored throughout their pregnancy.

Pregnancy can take a toll on even the healthiest of women and complications can arise with little warning. Unfortunately, you have very little control over what happens in your pregnancy - apart from eating right, keeping active and avoiding drugs and alcohol.

This section is not intended to induce anxiety in what can already be an anxious time but is meant to explain certain pregnancy complications that may affect you or your baby. If you are ever concerned about any aspect of your pregnancy, or the health of your baby, speak to your health care provider.

Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia

A serious pregnancy complication characterized by consistent high blood pressure and protein in the urine.

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Gestational Diabetes

Gestational Diabetes

The presence of high blood sugar during pregnancy - usually diagnosed between the 24th and 28th week of pregnancy through the glucose challenge test.

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Placental Abruption

Placental Abruption

Requiring immediate assessment, an abruption is caused when part of the placenta separates from the uterus before delivery.

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Preterm Prelabour Rupture

Preterm Prelabour Rupture of the Membranes

Rupture of the membranes anytime before 37 weeks gestation. One of the leading causes of preterm birth.

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