- Ectopic pregnancy
- Placenta praevia
- Placental abruption
- Placenta accreta
- Gestational diabetes mellitus
- Premature labour
- Epilepsy and pregnancy
|Ectopic or extrauterine pregnancy refers to a pregnancy which grows outside of the uterus. The most common sites for such pregnancies are the fallopian tubes, ovary and abdominal cavity. If left untreated, ectopic pregnancy can be a life threatening condition.|
For more information, see Ectopic Pregnancy.
|Placenta praevia is a condition in which the placenta grows in the incorrect position and covers the opening of the uterus. The most common symptom of this condition is painless vaginal bleeding.|
For more information, see Placenta Praevia.
For more information, see Placental Abruption.
|Placenta accreta is a potentially life threatening obstetric condition in which the placenta is abnormally attached to the uterus. This can lead to massive blood loss during or following delivery.|
For more information, see Placenta Accreta.
|Preeclampsia is a pregnancy-induced disease associated with elevated blood pressure and protein in the urine. Preeclampsia is common and occurs in approximately 8% of all pregnancies. It has been described as a disease originating from the placenta but with widespread effects both for the mother and baby.|
For more information on this condition, see Preeclampsia.
Gestational diabetes mellitus
|Diabetes is a condition in which blood sugar (glucose) levels are high. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is glucose intolerance that is first diagnosed during pregnancy (gestation). It is a temporary conditions that usually disappears after pregnancy.|
For more information on this condition, see Gestational Diabetes Mellitus.
|Premature labour is defined as regular contractions before 37 weeks of pregnancy, that are accompanied with changes in the cervix. About 5–10% of births in developed countries are premature, often as a result of premature labour. Premature birth is the leading cause of infant death.|
For more information, see Premature Labour.
Epilepsy and pregnancy
|As much as half of the people who are treated with epilepsy are women, many of childbearing age. In these cases, the greatest concern would be whether a child will inherit epilepsy. Some women experience more treatment side effects than others during pregnancy. However, seizures can be harmful to the baby.|
For more information, see The Burden of Epilepsy: The Role of Pregnancy Registers.
For more information about pregnancy, including preconception advice, stages of pregnancy, investigations, complications, living with pregnancy and birth, see Pregnancy.