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Complications During Pregnancy

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According to the American Pregnancy Association more than 875,000 women experience one or more pregnancy complications in the United States annually.

The American Pregnancy Association website stated the following:

• 458,952 babies are born to mothers without adequate prenatal care
• 467,201 babies are born prematurely
• 307,030 babies are born with Low Birth Weight
• 154,051 children are born with Birth Defects
• 27,864 infants die before their first birthday

Complications during pregnancy may include infections as well as the following:

• Bleeding from the vagina
• High blood pressure
• Gestational diabetes
• Anemia
• Depression

Complications can put you and your unborn baby at risk during pregnancy. Prenatal care is the most common way to prevent complications. Many complications can be managed with the assistance of a health care provider.

Other complications during pregnancy may include but are not limited to:

• Ectopic (ek-TOP-ihk) pregnancy
• Fetal problems
• Hyperemesis gravidarum (HEYE-pur-EM-uh-suhss grav-uh-DAR-uhm) (also known as HG)
• Miscarriage
• Placenta previa
• Placental abruption
• Preeclampsia (pree-ee-CLAMP-see-uh)
• Preterm labor

Some infections during pregnancy can be avoided by avoiding certain foods, sanitizing and/or washing your hands, and practicing safe sex.

Possible infections during pregnancy may include but are not limited to:

• Bacterial vaginosis (also known as BV)
• Cytomegalovirus (SEYE-toh-MEG-uh-loh VEYE-ruhss) (also known as CMV)
• Group B strep (also known as GBS)
• Hepatitis B virus (also known as HBV)
• Influenza (flu)
• Listeriosis (lih-steer-ee-OH-suhss)
• Parvovirus B19 (fifth disease)
• Sexually transmitted infection (STI)
• Toxoplasmosis (TOK-soh-plaz-MOH-suhss)
• Urinary tract infection (UTI)
• Yeast infection

For a full description of symptoms, prevention and treatment of any of the above, you can go to the following link: http://www.womenshealth.gov/pregnancy/you-are-pregnant/pregnancy-complications.cfm#b/

The March of Dimes recommends calling your health care provider immediately if you have any of the following symptoms during pregnancy:

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Several species of Cytomegalovirus have been identified and classified for different mammals. The most studied is Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV), which is also known as Human herpesvirus 5 (HHV-5).

May 24, 2014 - 9:19am
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