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, 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.
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.