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Pregnancy Health Problems

Pregnancy Health Problems

If you have a preexisiting health problem or develop a new one during your pregnancy, you may need more care. Pregnancy health problems that can occur include:

Blood Pressure Related Conditions

While your blood pressure is always an important part of your overall health, when you’re pregnant, it becomes even more important to monitor it. High blood pressure can constrict the blood vessels in your uterus that supply your baby with oxygen and nutrients.

Chronic Hypertension

This is high blood pressure before you become pregnant. If you have it, it won’t go away after you deliver.

There are usually no signs, the only way to diagnose it is with blood pressure monitoring.

Your doctor may prescribe medication or liestyle changes. If you’re already on hypertension meds, talk to your doctor before trying to conceive. ACE inhibitors, a common kind of blood pressure meds, can be bad for your baby.

Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension (PIH)

Some women develop high blood pressure about 20 weeks into their pregnancy. PIH will usually go away after you deliver.

There are usually no signs, the only way to diagnose it is with blood pressure monitoring.

PIH can be controlled with meds during pregnancy.

Preeclampsia

This is high blood pressure and protein in your urine that usually develops after 30 weeks. 25% of women who have PIH develop this too.

There are usually no signs, the only way to diagnose it is with blood pressure monitoring.

Preeclampsia can be controlled with meds during pregnancy.

HELLP syndrome

This is a variation of preeclampsia that’s diagnosed by blood tests. It stands for the conditions you develop:

  • Hemolytic anemia
  • Elevated liver enzymes
  • Low platelets

Most women with HELLP have high blood pressure, and other symptoms include fatigue, severe headaches, nausea, vomiting, and swelling.

The only treatment is to deliver your baby. HELLP is very serious and requires care from a doctor.

Gestational Diabetes

Even if you don’t have diabetes before you get pregnant, you can develop gestational diabetes. It will go away after you have your baby, but during your pregnancy, you may be required to follow a special diet, exercise, or take insulin.

Environmental Risk

Certain substances can be harmful to your baby, raising the risk of birth defects and miscarriage. Chemicals to avoid include:

  • Cigarette smoke
  • Lead in water or paint
  • Some cleaners
  • Pesticides
  • Mercury in tuna and other fish
  • Cat litter boxes

Talk to your doctor about how to avoid these chemicals and what to do if you come in contact with any of them.

Chicken Pox

While most women are immune if they’ve had chicken pox or the vaccine before, it can be dangerous if you catch it while pregnant. Tell your doctor right away if you come in contact with someone who has it or if you believe you have it.

HIV/AIDS

You can pass HIV/AIDS to your baby during pregnancy, labor, or delivery if you already have it. You can take meds to protect your baby during your pregnancy, just talk to your doctor about it.

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

If you have an STI, it can cause your baby to be born blind, deaf, or even stillborn. Medication can usually help protect your baby during pregnancy and delivery. Tell your doctor right away if you have an STI or develop one while you are pregnant.

Artichoke Recipes

Healthy Artichoke Recipes

This week. we featured healthy artichoke recipes, which are in-season or a great canned staple to keep on hand this holiday season.

For Meatless Monday or a show-stopping brunch, try this Spinach Artichoke Egg Casserole.

Spinach Artichoke Egg Casserole

 

These Crispy Artichoke Hearts with Horseradish Aioli are the perfect pre-dinner snack.

Crispy Artichoke Hearts with Horseradish Aioli

 

Make Baked Chicken with Spinach and Artichokes for a comforting, fall meal.

Baked Chicken with Spinach and Artichokes

 

Artichoke Hummus is a lighter alternative to your favorite creamy artichoke dips.

On the Job: Artichoke Hummus

 

This Chicken Pesto Artichoke Naan Pizza is a light and easy alternative to delivery.

Chicken Pesto Artichoke Naan Pizza

 

Stuffed Eggplants with Ricotta, Spinach, and Artichoke make a great side or a hearty vegetarian dinner.

Stuffed Eggplant with Ricotta, Spinach, and Artichoke
Image and Recipe via Key Ingredient

 

Roasted Garlic and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken is a rich and delicious entrée any night of the week.

Roasted Garlic & Artichoke Stuffed Chicken

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