Having a baby is generally a long and complicated process. Month after month, moms get check up after check up. From the moment they learn of the new life, mothers who are expecting take on a tremendous amount of prenatal pressure. Every mother has concerns for the overall health of their child, and many of them proactively manage their soon to be born child’s well-being. Naturally, they want the absolute best for their new addition. Many moms are willing to do whatever it takes to ensure a healthy pregnancy. No expense is spared when it comes to taking care of baby business.
However, for some mothers, the birthing process can be more than difficult. Besides the usual problems expecting mother’s face, there are a number of potential complications that could possibly be spotted before the due date. There are some risk factors that an expectant mom should be aware of that may not be immediately obvious. While many of these risk factors are preventable and even controllable, sometimes things get overlooked. In fact, there are many things that may alert a mom-to-be about potential problems. Here are 15 signs that an expectant mother will experience some sort of birthing complication.
15 Chill Out, Stress Will Hurt The Baby
In today’s social and political climate, stress has become a normal part of daily life. We are constantly flooded with images that burn into our subconscious and make us paranoid about the world around us. It is true; stress is in inevitable response to a traumatic experience. However, many expecting moms may be unaware of the impact stress may actually be having.
One clear sign that a person will have a birthing complication is a high stress level. When a person gets stressed, physically or mentally, the body responds. As a protection mechanism, there are many chemicals and hormones that are released into the body of the stressed individual. Generally, these hormones are regulated and brought down to a natural level in the body. However, for pregnant women those stress hormones can cause serious problems for the baby during birth.
14 If It Runs In The Family
Everyone has heard a delivery room horror story. There are at least a handful of these tales in every family. For many mothers, the delivery experience is quite difficult. However, for some mothers, the experience is unnaturally straining. Many doctors have questioned the reason for preterm births and other complications. Recently, studies indicate that the mother’s genetic makeup actually influences the type of birth she has.
Scientific experiments have been done that point towards the mother’s genetics as a risk factor for birth complications. This not only points to the expecting mom, but also to her mother as well. Since the maternal genes are highly conserved, any issues a grandmother faced during birth may actually influence how her granddaughter is born. Birthing complications can be passed down through the generations.
13 Not Drinking Enough Water
According to studies, most people do not drink nearly enough water. Expectant moms are busy, that fact has been well established. Oftentimes, these busy women neglect one of the most critical elements of daily life: hydration. The human body is mostly water. Therefore, women need to constantly stay hydrated in order to have optimal health for themselves and the baby.
As the baby develops, the water the mother drinks is used to create the crucial features necessary to sustain life. Women who do not drink enough water are at risk for potential birthing complications. The mother needs water for the successful growth of the baby. She also needs water to ensure a successful birth. To avoid birthing complications, expectant moms must remain hydrated at all times.
12 Low Magnesium Levels
The average western diet is notoriously low in nutrition. Many people do not realize all of the essential nutrients they are missing. Pregnant women need to be especially aware of this lack of quality nutrition. There are some elements that are absolutely essential to the proper delivery of a child. Magnesium is one of these minerals expectant mothers absolutely need in their diet.
In non-pregnant humans, magnesium works with other minerals to maintain proper muscle and nervous system function. For expectant mothers, the same is true not only for mom, but for the baby as well. Furthermore, inadequate magnesium levels can lead to contractions starting before the baby is actually ready. This can result in the mother experiencing premature birthing complications.
11 Not Getting Enough Exercise
We have all heard that proper diet and regular exercise are the keys to a long healthy life. Similarly, pregnant women also should take this sound advice to heart. As a matter of fact, if they want to avoid serious birthing complications, exercise is necessary. Staying active while pregnant can significantly lower the risk of certain problems during delivery.
If an expecting mom doesn’t have at least a semi-regular exercise routine, it may be a clear sign that she will have birthing complications. As the child develops the woman’s body changes to accommodate the new human. That being said, mom must assist in the process. Exercising with some regularity will help avoid birthing complications that many non-active women often face.
10 Waiting Until It's Too Late
Over the years, much research has been done to determine the age at which a woman will be able to have a successful pregnancy. However, no truly conclusive statements can be made at this time. That is being every woman is different. It is important for a woman to be aware of how old she if she is having a child.
Typically, the older a woman is, the more complications she will experience during labor. While this doesn’t mean every older woman will have complications, it increases the risk greatly. Every expectant mom of an advanced age (40) needs to keep this aspect in consideration. If a woman is past the age where she can safely carry a child, she can most likely expect to experience birthing complications.
9 Too Young
Women that are older when they get pregnant are definitely at risk for birthing complications. However, the opposite is true as well. When a younger woman gets pregnant, her age may indicate potential birthing problems. If a woman has not properly developed the internal capability to carry a child to full term, complications are to be expected.
If a woman is not physically mature, it may be a sign she will experience birthing complications. Younger women have to be careful to monitor their pregnancy. There are many unforeseen challenges that arise for young expectant mothers. A young mom-to-be needs to be extremely proactive early in the pregnancy in order to try and lessen the potential impact down the road.
8 High Blood Pressure
Many times, expectant mothers are clueless about how their health affects the developing child. They don’t make the internal connection between their health and the growth of the baby. Therefore, many lifestyle choices are made pre-pregnancy that actually end up affecting how easily the mother will give birth. Some of these lifestyle choices lead to physiological changes in the mother. High blood pressure is a good sign that the expectant mother will have birthing complications.
All over the world, there are women who have high blood pressure and have no idea they do. Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to preeclampsia that can cause damage to the liver, brain, and other organs and can also lead to seizures that could be fatal. It is important that every pregnant woman have her blood pressure checked and kept under control.
7 Past Pregnancy Complications
Women who have had previous problems during the process of delivery are at risk for having complications giving birth to future children. This may seem obvious, but it is true nonetheless. Having a prior problem does not mean that all hope is lost. However, it can be a clear sign that should never be ignored.
There a tremendous amount of things that can go wrong during a pregnancy. Chances are, if there is a physiological or genetic basis for a previous birthing complication, then that problem will remain for future pregnancies. This rather poignant point should never be overlooked. Expecting mothers must take their prior pregnancy problems into account. Complications can come from many angles; this one arrives head on and should be explored early during pregnancy.
6 Weak Immune System
We know that diet and exercise are essential components to our overall health. When women take care of themselves, it shows. Similarly, when a pregnant woman takes care of herself, her yet to be born child is nourished as well. However, women don’t often consider an important fact of health that affects the delivery process. That aspect of health is her immune system.
A weak immune system opens a pregnant woman up to many potential birthing complications. Many illnesses that may afflict the child are often fought off by the mom’s healthy immune system. However, if a woman’s immunity is weak; her child may not be protected. This often leads to serious complications during delivery. To avoid this, expecting women must take care to keep their immune systems strong.
5 Blood Type Incompatibility
One especially serious issue comes up when it comes to birthing complications. As previously stated, the mother’s immune system protects the developing child from harm during pregnancy. This protection helps insure a successful delivery. However, there are rare occasions when the expectant mother’s immune system views the developing child as a threat. Blood type incompatibility is a clear sign there will be birthing complications.
Blood type incompatibility occurs when the baby’s blood has elements in it that seem foreign to the mom’s biological defense mechanisms. If the mother’s immune system sees the growing child as an invasive species, the immune system will attack the child. Obviously, this results in serious complications during the pregnancy. Similarly, this will cause problems during the delivery as well.
4 Having Symptoms Of Early Labor
In general, the carrying term length is roughly 40 weeks among human females. There is definitely a high degree of variation, but for the most part doctors can predict when a woman should go into labor. Sometimes, the doctor’s prediction may be accurate. Other times, the baby has other plans. A good sign that a woman will experience birthing complications is if she is going to go into labor early.
Going into labor before the baby is completely ready can cause some serious birthing complications for mom and baby. If a woman is going into labor earlier than 36 weeks, she has to see it as a sign. Birthing complications typically arise in deliveries that happen before 40 weeks. The doctor will give medication to try and stop the contractions and prescribe total bed rest.
3 Carrying Past The Expected Term
When a woman is still carrying her child after 40 weeks, this is a sign that there may be complications during the birthing process. Delivery may be negatively impacted due to the baby being carried longer, which may result in an overly large infant. There are many reasons for this, however the results are often the same. Mothers need to take it as a serious sign if they go too far past their due date.
If an expecting mom carries a baby past the term that was originally prescribed, it may be a tough delivery day. The baby may not have enough amniotic fluid and other problems. Carrying the child for too long is generally a recipe for a complicated delivery. In most of these cases, the doctor will induce labor or arrange a c-section.
2 Having Twins
Two for the price of one is always great, right? Generally, many people would agree. Even in the case of twins, many mothers are happy to have two children without having to go through being pregnant twice. However, the price is not always congruent with the two for one model. In fact, many expecting moms need to see the twins as a sign they might be in for a difficult delivery process.
If an expectant mother learns she is having twins, this is her first sign that she will likely experience some birthing complications. Carrying and delivering one child is stressful enough on the female body. Carrying and delivering two children could prove to be twice as strenuous for the mother during the delivery.
1 First Time Mommy-To-Be
Expectant mothers who are pregnant for the first time must consider their first pregnancy itself as a legitimate sign that they may have birthing complications. Becoming pregnant and carrying a child is a life changing experience. It also dramatically changes the human female’s physical body. New mothers must be aware that simply having a child for the first time puts them at high risk for birthing complications.
There are many things an expectant mother can do to mitigate the risks of first time pregnancy. From proper diet and exercise to receiving emotional support, there are tons of ways to ensure everything goes well on delivery day. However for some first time mothers the risks outweigh the preventative measures. It is for this reason that the risk of birthing complications caused by first time pregnancy should never be overlooked.