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

Pregnancy Complications

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.

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Gestational Diabetes

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

Placental Abruption

Placental abruption occurs when part of the placenta separates from the uterus before delivery. Bleeding can be detected through the vagina, or may be concealed in the uterus but both are often associated with pain in your abdomen.


Women with preeclampsia may experience swelling of the hands and face, sudden weight gain, abdominal pain, headaches, or changes in vision. Often, women with preeclampsia do not feel sick, which is why attending all prenatal appointments is of the upmost importance.