14 Trigger Signs You're Unknowingly Harming The Baby

The nine long months that women are expecting is a delicate journey. Care must be taken while they are carrying their baby to full term. There are many outside influences, often controlled by the mother, which can be harmful to their unborn baby. There are signs that may signal immediate and immense danger to their growing baby, and sometimes to the mom to be, as well.

There are many signs that must be considered. These signs and symptoms can spell danger- sometimes immediate- to a baby. Certain choices a mom to be makes, environment factors, medical issues with the expecting mom, and more can cause sudden harm to the unborn baby. It is vital for moms to know when they're about to harm their baby, and take proper actions to prevent any damage.

While harming a baby, inadvertently or by a bad choice, can sometimes be corrected, other times it is fatal. Some women will suffer a miscarriage or have a stillbirth. It is awful, yes, but parents to be, and especially the mom to be who is with her baby 24/7, need to take precautions to ensure the best possible outcome for their future little one.

The baby's life is in mom's hands, mommy to be. Women should understand their medical history and get tested. Make sure they have proper nutrition and refrain from harmful substances. Women need to be careful while carrying that delicate package growing inside of them. Bottom line- women can use this article to educate themselves so that they can give their baby the best life possible.

14Mom's Seizure's Can Be Fatal

Seizures can be serious, especially if you are pregnant. Suffering from epilepsy, or another seizure disorder can put you at risk of causing harm to your baby if you are pregnant. Having a seizure episode is a sign that you are about to harm your baby.

If you have a seizure while you are pregnant, the harm done to your baby can be great. A seizure can cause a miscarriage or even a stillbirth. While seizure medication is often used by those suffering from a seizure disorder, unfortunately, many experts believe those very medications to help control your seizures can actually cause birth defects.

While this is horrible to think about, many doctors advise patients to continue on their seizure medications, as the risk is higher for themselves and their unborn baby if they were to stop taking it.

13Dehydration Is Actually Dangerous

Whether you are pregnant or not, dehydration is never good. It is important to stay hydrated year round, and especially vital to constant hydrate while you are pregnant. The results of a dehydrated mother to be on her unborn baby can be utterly devastating.

Sometimes, expecting moms early on in pregnancy become dehydrated due to morning sickness. They often can't keep anything down, even water. This can cause harm to that tiny growing baby. The signs of dehydration include no urine, dry mouth, exhaustion, headache, dizziness, dry skin, and more.

If you're expecting, can't keep liquids down, and exhibit any of these symptoms, you could be dehydrated and perhaps unknowingly harming your baby.

Dehydration in expecting mothers can lead to a spontaneous miscarriage. Since dehydration is often associated in pregnant mothers during the first trimester, a fetus that early along simply cannot survive. If you are further along, it can lead to preterm labor, which could potentially have fatal, devastating effects on the baby as well.

12Asthma Can Cause Issues

If a mom to be has asthma, she needs to make sure that her asthma, no matter how minor it can get, is controlled. A serious asthma attack can cause very harmful effects on the unborn baby. These potentially devastating reactions to the mother's asthma attack can include preterm labor, preeclampsia, low birth weight, and more complications.

Even if an expecting mother has just mild asthma, it can still act as a sign that the baby is about to be harmed. All asthma suffers need to continue with medication and keep their asthma under control if they are pregnant. If an asthma attack occurs, a pregnant mother must seek immediate medical attention. Ensuring the health of the baby is vitally important following any asthma incident.

11Mom's Stress, Means The Baby Is Stressed

There is an acceptable level of stressed. We all get stressed for time to time, and a little here or there is not going to harm your baby. However, incredible stress, no matter what it is to due, financial, martial, etc, can cause significant harm to your baby.

When an expecting mother is very stressed, as in, extremely stressed that is constant and never ending, the body reacts in a way that can be harmful to the growth of a fetus. A mom to be who is constantly stressed can bring on inflammation in her body. This inflammation in turn can lead to early delivery, low birth weight, and future cognitive and behavioral issues with your future child.

The effects of extreme stress can happen right away, so take a breather and limit what makes you stressed out when you are expecting.

10Certain Diseases Can Be Passed To The Baby

If you have HIV (whether you know you do or not) and you become pregnant, the likelihood of your baby being born with HIV is quite high. In fact, you are immediately harming your baby by spreading this virus to their tiny delicate bodies.

It is horrible to think, but the most common way a baby winds up contracting HIV is through his own mother. A woman with HIV becomes pregnant, and the mother to child transmission of HIV is bound to happen during pregnancy, unfortunately. However, HIV can also be spread during labor and delivery, as well as through breastfeeding.

This is why doctors urge you to get screened for HIV when you are pregnant. Get tested and speak to a physician if you are a woman with HIV who may become pregnant, as certain medications can prevent you from harming your unborn baby.

9Suddenly Feeling Faint Can Be Harmful

Feeling faint while pregnant in and of itself is not that uncommon. Standing up too fast or not eating or drinking can suddenly make you feel faint. However, constantly feeling faint, or actually fainting can be sign of an underlying condition which could cause harm to your baby in the form of a miscarriage or even a stillbirth.

If you feel faint, it is vital to lie down or sit as you do not want to feel so dizzy that you actually faint, and risk falling or hurting your head. Feeling faint on a regular basis while pregnant is not normal. It could signal an issue you may not realize you have. For example, feeling dizzy and running a super fast pulse could be a sign of a ruptured ectopic pregnancy.

8Uterine Fibroids

Uterine fibroids are growths in the uterus that are not all that uncommon during a woman's child bearing years. These growths are typically non cancerous. However, they can cause harm to your baby if they are not properly treated.

The symptoms of uterine fibroids may be heavy menstrual cycles, pelvic pain, or no symptoms at all. Of course, if you are pregnant, you are not getting your period, and may have no idea! If you know you have fibroids, or are prone to getting them (including a family history) speak to a doctor if you plan to become pregnant.

If you are already pregnant, the uterine fibroids will show up on an ultrasound, and can be taken care of. If not, the harm it can cause to your baby include preterm labor, your baby being breech, or the necessity of a c-section if the birth canal is blocked.

7Undiagnosed Gestational Diabetes

Having gestational diabetes is a sign that you will be harming your baby in a number of ways. At some point in your pregnancy, you will be tested for gestational diabetes. Not having diabetes before pregnancy does not mean you will not develop gestational diabetes. Because it is so serious, it is always recommended to be tested.

If you are an expecting mother who tests positive for gestational diabetes, your physician will give you advice on how to control it. If you refuse to be tested (and have it) or do not follow proper protocol for keeping it under control, you may harm you baby.

The risk to your baby include high or excessive birth weight, preterm labor, low blood sugar, respiratory distress syndrome, and even put your baby at risk of having diabetes in the future.

6Taking A Bad Fall During Pregnancy

When you are pregnant, your balance is off. You are carrying quite a load in the front after all! As you get later on in your pregnancy, your center of gravity is really off, putting you at risk of falling or tripping easily (you can barely see your feet, right?!).

It is actually quite difficult to harm your baby from a fall. Your baby is protected by all that amniotic fluid, which acts as a soft but strong barrier around your little one. Although it may be tough to harm your baby from a fall, it is not impossible. A serious fall, say down a flight of stairs, could be cause for concern.

If a fall is following by severe cramping, vaginally bleeding, or reduced movement from your baby, see a doctor pronto, it could potentially indicate a miscarriage, preterm labor, or risk of stillbirth.

5Substances Can Have Devastating Consequences

Everything you ingest, your baby also ingests. Drinking alcoholic beverages and taking unsafe drugs (legal or illegal) can be a sign you are about to harm your baby. The risks are vast when it comes to alcohol and drug use (or abuse). If you plan to become pregnant, you need to refrain from any alcohol or drug use and continue to not use any throughout your pregnancy.

The ways you can harm your baby from alcohol and drug use while pregnant include low birth weight, miscarriage, heart problems, stroke, future learning problems, Sudden Infant Death Syndome (SIDS), deformation, developmental delays, growth problems, breathing problems, being born addicted, and the list goes on.

Most people are well aware of the effects alcohol can have, most notably Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, which causes serious mental and physical birth defects.

4Depression Could Be Dangerous

These days there is nothing to be embarrassed about when it comes to having depression. There are many ways to treat depression from therapy to medications and more. If you are pregnant, and suffer from depression, you may unknowingly be about to harm your baby.

If you suffer from depression before pregnancy, speak with your physician when you get pregnant, because your depression needs to be properly managed, otherwise it could get worse, and may put you at risk of having postpartum depression as well.

Sometimes, pregnant women get very depressed, and no longer take care of themselves. Since they are not caring for themselves, they certainly are not caring for their unborn baby, either. They may not be eating or not eating properly, they may be turning to alcohol and drugs, not taking vitamins, or putting themselves in risky positions. This all causes potential harm to the baby.

3Mom's High Blood Pressure Can Spell Danger

High blood pressure must be controlled in expecting mothers, as if it is not, it can be a sign you are about to harm your baby. High blood pressure is serious and can cause risky effects during pregnancy, including precclampsia and placenta abruption, which is when the placenta separates from the uterine wall.

Both of these conditions can have very serious consequences on the baby, including low birth weight, preterm labor, brain damage, or even miscarriage or stillbirth.

If you suffer from high blood pressure and are pregnant or may become pregnant, it is vital to the well being of your baby that you not only inform your doctor, but take steps to reduce your blood pressure. When you are pregnant, at every prenatal appointment the doctor or nurse is likely to take your blood pressure, whether you have a history of it being high or not.

2Mom's Thyroid Disease Can Be Harmful

Having an over active or under active thyroid can both put your baby in harm's way, especially if your condition is not managed correctly. Thyroid disease can be quite dangerous to both the mom to be and the unborn baby. An over active thyroid can cause low birth weight, poor weight gain, and heart failure. An under active thyroid can cause birth defects, some serious.

The best way to prevent the effects of thyroid disease from harming your baby is to control it. Speak with your physician if you know you have thyroid disease, or if you think you have something wrong, or if you have a family history of thyroid disease, as it does run in families. Not to mention, thyroid disease tends to be more common in women, and sometimes appears during pregnancy, or after a pregnancy (which could effect later pregnancies/babies).

1Carrying Excess Weight

Carrying too weight opens up a host of health issues. By becoming pregnant while struggling with weight issues, is a sign that you could potentially harm your baby. The more extra weight a pregnant woman carries who already has pre-existing health issues, the greater the risk of such issues as preeclampsia, preterm labor, early delivery, and more.

Some experts will say there also appears to be a correlation between miscarriages and excessively women who have pre-existing health conditions that also have too much weight.

It is often recommended that women in this category should lose some weight before trying to get pregnant. By losing some weight, they lessen the risks of harming their baby. Many times women do not want to hear they need to lose weight, but for the baby's sake, it may be vital for them to do so.

This is something that can be controlled and managed. Expecting mothers who are carrying too much weight or those who wish to drop a few pounds before getting pregnancy can always seek out a physician for advice and tips on how to best lose the weight for the health of their little one.

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