IPregnancy is a joyous time for most. Full of excitement, expectation and
wonderful experiences, it is a time that, for all of its occasional
inconveniences is considered among the most special and cherished of any
woman’s life. From the moment that most women get a positive test result,
the dream of what each stage of their pregnancy will be like, and anxiously
look forward to each pregnancy milestone. Unfortunately, not all pregnancies
are easy and worry free. Some women suffer from different medical disorders
during pregnancy that can make being pregnant more than just mildly
uncomfortable, in some cases, turning pregnancy into a much bigger and more
Most people are familiar with some of the inconveniences of being pregnant.
Food cravings, morning sickness, hemorrhoids and swollen feet are
practically synonymous with being pregnant. There is however a number of
much more serious medical disorders in pregnancy that afflict many women.
Though most women suffer from the nausea that is commonly known as morning
sickness to some extent or other there are some women that will become so
violently afflicted that they are unable to eat, unable to gain weight and
need to take mediation in order to get through each day. This condition is
known as hyperemesis, and afflicts approximately 2% of all pregnant women.
Another common medical disorder in pregnancy that afflicts many women is
gestational diabetes. The process of growing a whole human being causes many
metabolic changes in a pregnant woman. Pregnant women must take in more
calories than they often did pre-pregnancy and this sometimes combines with
the metabolic changes and stresses on the body to cause the pregnant woman
to develop gestational diabetes. Heightened sugar levels are detected
through a glucose tolerance test that is administered in the late 2nd to
early 3rd trimester of pregnancy. Gestational diabetes typically corrects
itself upon the birth of the child.
There are other medical disorders in pregnancy that affect many women closer
to delivery as well. Some of these may require bed rest or special
medication. Most will resolve themselves once the child is born, though
there are some that may linger on following pregnancy or that may recur in
subsequent pregnancies. Close supervision by an obstetrician can help ensure
that any condition that arises during pregnancy is managed effectively.