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3 Common Birth Complications

TW: Preterm birth, premature birth & birth complications

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There are many birth complications that can impact pregnancy, birth and postpartum. I’d love to just focus on 3 now.



Preeclampsia:

-Preeclampsia is a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure.

-Preeclampsia usually begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy in birthing folks whose blood pressure has been normal.


Preterm birth:

-Occurs when regular contractions result in the opening of your cervix between 20 and 36 weeks.

-Can result in a premature birth, which increases health risks of the baby, including long term physical and mental disabilities.

-Symptoms include contractions, mild abdominal cramps, vaginal spotting, preterm rupture of membranes

-Risk factors include multiples, fetal birth defects, vaginal bleeding, high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking cigarettes, using illicit drugs, etc.


Gestational diabetes:

-Gestational diabetes is a form of the disease that happens to birthing people during gestation, more commonly known as pregnancy.

- Gestational diabetes is a very serious illness, and birthing people who have it should be under a doctor’s care.

Have you experienced birth complications while on your birth journey? If so, what were they?







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