Existing Health Issues and Pregnancy

Pregnancy is simply amazing. You’re growing a human inside you; you can feel it move; you fall in love with it before you’ve ever laid eyes on it and it changes your life forever. However, it’s not all plain sailing, especially if you have a long-term health condition to deal with.

Unfortunately, because your body goes through so many changes, there is a chance that it could have a knock on effect on some of the long-term health conditions you have. You shouldn’t worry though, because, as long as you know about, you can take action to ensure things do as smoothly as possible.

With that in mind, here are some of the existing health conditions that could be affected by pregnancy:


If you don’t already have asthma, pregnancy isn’t going to cause it, but if you already suffer from the condition, there is a 1 in 3 chance that your symptoms might get worse. The best way to avoid this is to ensure that you’re treating your asthma properly. So, visit your doctor as soon as you discover you’re pregnant.

There is also some good news for people who have asthma, as 1 in 3 of pregnant women will see symptoms improve while the baby is on board!

Joint Pain

Joint pain, and knee pain, in particular, is often made worse by pregnancy because as your body gets bigger, it puts more strain on your joints. It can be even worse if your joint pain is caused by arthritis, but the good new is that it isn’t inevitable and lots of women don’t notice much if any difference at all.

If you are experiencing a lot of pain, you will need to speak to your doctor about safe pain management solutions during pregnancy, and once the baby is here, you can start looking into more permanent solutions like PRP treatment for knee pain. In the meantime, spending as little time on your feet as possible will help. Make your hubby do more work.

Heart Disease and Defects

If you have been diagnosed with a congenital heart defect or you are living with coronary heart disease, you need to be extra careful during pregnancy because of the very fact that you’re pregnant and growing a baby inside you, puts more strain on your heart.

Again, seeing your doctor as soon as you find out you’re pregnant, or even better before you start trying will ensure that you stay as safe and healthy as possible until the baby is born. Taking it easy will also help a lot too.


If you have either type 1 or type 2 diabetes, you may be at an increased risk of giving birth to a big baby, and that could make the delivery more difficult. You might also be more likely to need a cesarean section or have a miscarriage. Don’t panic though because if you see your doctor and you do everything you can to manage your diabetes correctly, chance are you will be okay.

Mental Illness

Unfortunately, the hormone changes that your body goes through when you’re expecting a baby can play havoc with your mental health. You should always consult your doctor if you have a mental health issue, you’re taking medication, and you become pregnant because some medications aren’t safe to take when you’re pregnant and while are fine. Your doctor will know the best route to take to ensure the health of both you and your baby.

Now you know what could happen, you have the power to take great care of your health during your pregnancy.


19 thoughts on “Existing Health Issues and Pregnancy

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  3. Pregnancy is difficult even in perfectly healthy individuals. I am thankful that I had three problem free pregnancies, bar the hormone fluctuations and mood swings!

  4. I actually developed asthma when I was pregnant with my second son, which was bizarre because I’d never had it before! Great post. xx

  5. I have type 1 diabetes and during my pregnancy I had close monitoring. I did have to have a csection as I had too many episodes of low glucose before the delivery and I had a blood clot in my lung. Mia was at risk of still birth. You can have the best control and still have a big baby. Mia was 7.4 and 6 weeks early even though my control was ok.

  6. Reading your posts just reminds me how lucky I really was. The only issue I had was my blood pressure shot through the roof at the very end. It was probably the cause of her being born two weeks early. Very informative.

  7. With knowledge comes power. We just welcomed our 4th grandson almost two weeks ago. This daughter’s first. She’s a nurse and I was so appreciative of how aware she was of the changes her body made as well as the changes she noticed within 24hrs of welcoming the little love. I wished I’d known all the things today all those years ago.

  8. It’s so great that you wrote about these things! I had a complicated pregnancy that had me on bed rest for the last thirteen weeks of the pregnancy. I didn’t have preexisting conditions that you spoke of, but, pregnancy itself has left my body in a different state. My joints are almost always giving me some kind of pain and my back is all thrown off. Post pregnancy conditions are crazy now!

  9. Pregnancy was definitely difficult, and it does so many things to your body! This is such important information for people to know.

  10. Oh wow, I can only imagine…..I remember my sis-in-law , she has asthma and when she got pregnant last time (her first) she developed this Gestational diabetes. It was quite difficult for her. But Praise God , she survived it 🙂 So congratulations to all the moms 🙂

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