Pregnancy Problems and How We Can Help

Pregnancy should be a joyous part of your life, but sometimes, health complications develop along the way. The expert OB/GYNs at North Texas Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates can help you navigate common pregnancy problems, both physical and emotional. 

Physical health problems

Many women encounter physical health problems during pregnancy. Luckily, most of the common physical pregnancy complications are manageable.  

High blood pressure

If you have high blood pressure before pregnancy or develop it when you’re pregnant, it’s extremely important to watch and manage your condition. That’s because high blood pressure puts you at risk for other, more serious pregnancy issues.

Preeclampsia

Preeclampsia can set in after 20 weeks of pregnancy and is characterized by high blood pressure. You might need an early delivery if you develop preeclampsia — one of our experts can guide you through your options.

Gestational diabetes

Gestational diabetes develops during pregnancy and usually disappears afterward. If you have gestational diabetes, our OB/GYNs can help you manage your eating habits to control your blood sugar levels.

Anemia

Anemia during pregnancy may cause you to feel extra tired or weak, because you don’t have enough red blood cells in your body. Our experts often recommend that patients take certain supplements and make dietary changes to support blood health.

Emotional health problems

While physical health problems typically move to the forefront during pregnancy, it’s just as important to discuss emotional health problems. 

We understand that moms-to-be might feel uncomfortable talking about emotional health problems, so we want to put it out there that our experts are always available to chat through these things and refer out to an appropriate mental health specialist when necessary. 

That said, here are a few common emotional health problems during pregnancy

Depression

A frighteningly common condition all around, depression affects about 7% of pregnant women — although pregnancy depression is often overshadowed because postpartum depression is more common. 

Anxiety

Anxiety during pregnancy may manifest in a variety of ways, from spiraling into negative thought loops about what could go wrong during pregnancy to wondering if you’re even ready to have a baby. 

Panic attacks

Characterized by an abrupt onset of intense and overwhelming anxiety, panic attacks during pregnancy can leave you confused, scared and mentally paralyzed. 

It’s important to get help if you’re experiencing recurrent panic attacks, as they can interfere with your ability to complete everyday obligations. 

Isolation and loneliness

Pregnancy may invite feelings of isolation because it’s such a transitional time in your life. This is especially true if you’re the first of your close friends to become pregnant or if you live far away from your family during pregnancy. 

Eating disorders

A woman’s body undergoes many changes during pregnancy. Sometimes, these changes can spur unhealthy eating habits in an attempt to retain a pre-pregnancy physique, but it’s important to eat enough to fuel your body to develop your baby. 

Expert help within reach

If you’re experiencing any of the above pregnancy complications, please reach out to our staff at North Texas Obstetrics and Gynecology Associates. We’re dedicated to helping where we can and helping you find the right professional when an issue lies outside of our expertise. 

Schedule a consultation to learn more about common pregnancy problems and how we can help. You can call our Plano, Texas, clinic at 469-240-1866 or securely send a message to the team online.

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